2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Safety

9.0
Safety

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta has been crash-tested by both the government and the insurance industry, and it's proven to be a strong performer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't reconfirmed its scores for the wagon yet, but it's rated the Jetta sedan at four stars overall. That's a composite score of four stars for front impacts and rollover protection, and five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has even better news from its stringent tests: it's given both the Jetta sedan and SportWagen its Top Safety Pick award.

The 2012 VW Jetta doesn't have some of the latest safety gadgets, but crash-test scores are strong.

Six airbags are standard on every Jetta, 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 either version of the Jetta is fine. Big glass areas, low rear headrests and relatively tall C-pillars stay mostly out of the way. But unlike some competitively priced mid-size and compact sedans, the Jetta doesn't offer a rearview camera, blind-spot detectors, or parking sensors, even as options.

Research Other Topics

7.8
on a scale of 1 to 10
Styling
7.0
Expert Rating
Performance
7.0
Expert Rating
Comfort & Quality
8.0
Expert Rating
Safety
9.0
Expert Rating
Features
8.0
Expert Rating
Fuel Economy
8.0
Expert Rating
Looking for other models of the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan?
Read reviews & get prices
Compare the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan against the competition
Compare All Cars