1999 Volkswagen New Beetle

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NHTSA Frontal Crash Test

NHTSA rates crash-tested vehicles by assigning them one to five stars, with five stars indicating the most injury protection and one star indicating the least protection.
  New Beetle 2 Door
Driver Front  11-20 percent or greater chance of serious injury 
Passenger Front  11-20 percent or greater chance of serious injury 

IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Test

About IIHS
Each vehicle’s frontal offset crashworthiness is based on performance in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test.  Ratings depend on how well the structure/safety cage protects the occupant compartment, the risk of injury measured for an average-sized male, and how well the restraint system controls occupant movement.
Rating Key:
G Good A Acceptable M Marginal P Poor
Injury measures
Vehicle make/model OVERALL Structure/ safety cage Head/ neck Chest Leg/foot left, right Restraints/ dummy kinematics
1999 Volkswagen New BeetleGGGGGGG
(Tested: 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle 2-door - Mfg. after 06/98)
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IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Video

IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Photos

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
The driver's upper interior survival space was maintained well. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The driver's upper interior survival space was maintained well.
Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head brushed the window sill during rebound. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head brushed the window sill during rebound.
Minimal intrusion into the driver footwell area helped earn the New Beetle's good rating for the performance of the structure/safety cage. – © Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Minimal intrusion into the driver footwell area helped earn the New Beetle's good rating for the performance of the structure/safety cage.
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