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VW Beetle

VW Beetle 1.2 TFSI, LHD


ADULT OCCUPANT

CHILD OCCUPANT

PEDESTRIAN

SAFETY ASSIST


 

VW Beetle

VW Beetle 1.2 TFSI, LHD


ADULT OCCUPANT

CHILD OCCUPANT

PEDESTRIAN

SAFETY ASSIST
Total 33 pts | 92%
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Adequate, Upper leg left: Adequate, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Good, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
FRONTAL IMPACT
14.3 pts
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
SIDE IMPACT CAR
8.0 pts
SIDE IMPACT POLE
7.6 pts
Neck: Good

Total 44 pts | 90%
PERFORMANCE
11.9 pts
INSTRUCTIONS
4.0 pts
INSTALLATION
2.0 pts
 
18 month old child
RestraintBobsy G0 + Isofix
Group0, 0+
FacingRearward
InstallationISOFIX anchorages and support frame

PERFORMANCE
12.0 pts
INSTRUCTIONS
4.0 pts
INSTALLATION
2.0 pts
 
3 year old child
RestraintBobsy G1 Isofix + TT
Group1
FacingForward
InstallationISOFIX anchorages and top tether

VECHICLE BASED ASSESSMENT
8.0 pts
See comments
Total 19 pts | 53%
Pedestrian protection

HEAD
15.0 pts
PELVIS
0.0 pts
LEG
4.0 pts


Total 6 pts | 86%
SPEED LIMITATION ASSISTANCE
0.0 pts
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC)
3.0 pts
ESP
Pass
SEATBELT REMINDER
3.0 pts
driver
Pass
passenger
Pass
rear
Pass


Details of tested car

Specifications
Tested model VW Beetle 1.2 TFSI, LHD
Body type 5 door hatchback
Year of publication 2011
Kerb weight 1200kg
VIN from which rating applies Applies to all applies Beetles of the specification tested
Class Small Family Car.
Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag single stage
Front passenger frontal airbag single stage
Side body airbags combined head/thorax airbag
Side head airbags combined head/thorax airbag
Electronic Stability Control
Seatbelt Reminder driver, passenger and rear seats


Comments

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
Based on dummy readings in the impact tests, the Beetle scored maximum points for its protection of the 3 year dummy. Forward movement of that dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive in the frontal impact. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by the shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of dangerous head contacts. 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.

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