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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
To date, we’re still waiting on crash-test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Past Jettas have done very well in these rigorous exams, but since the new car’s body structure is significantly adapted from the prior versions, we’ll wait to give it a final score until these agencies have had their say.
We’ve given the provisional score of 8 to the Jetta for its complete set of safety gear. Six airbags are standard, including dual front, side and curtain airbags. So are stability control and anti-lock brakes; active headrests; and tire pressure monitors. The Jetta also features a crash-response system that turns off the fuel and turns on the flashers after an airbag deploys.
Visibility inside the Jetta is fine. Big glass areas, low rear headrests and the simply styled C-pillar all stay out of your way when you need to see the world behind you. However, the Jetta doesn’t offer anything along the lines of blind-spot detectors, rearview cameras, or parking sensors—features you can find on some of its four-door challengers.
It’s missing the add-on safety frills, but the untested Jetta does come with the mandatory hardware to earn some advance credit.