Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Beetle 2011

1.2 TFSI , 5 door hatch

Test Date: Nov 2011

Volkswagen Beetle crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 92%
Child Occupant 90%
Pedestrian 53%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Adequate Driver left femur - Adequate
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. However, the steering column was believed to pose a risk to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, the Beetle scored maximum points, providing good protection to all body areas. In the more sever side pole test, protection of the chest was adequate and that of other body areas was good. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. The dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in that seat without first disabling the airbag are clearly labelled in the car.

Pedestrian

The bumper provided good protection to pedestrians' legs in most areas tested. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in all areas and scored no points. In most areas likely to be struck by the head of a child, the bonnet offered good protection but was predominantly poor in those parts likely to be struck by an adult's head.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is standard for the driver, passenger and rear seats. A speed limitation device is not available for the Beetle.

applies to all beetles of the specification tested