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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
subpar side-impact crash test results
offers excellent crash-test results and projected accident-repair costs
Kelley Blue Book
Four stars for front impact protection
“Good” in front impacts; “poor” in side impacts
There's a full range of standard safety features available for the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle, but TheCarConnection.com research shows that performance in some crash tests is below average.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the Volkswagen 2008 New Beetle at four stars for front crash protection, four for driver-side protection, and three stars for passenger side protection.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the New Beetle a top score of "good" for frontal-offset crash protection. However, it did badly in side impact tests, earning a rating of "poor."
Stability control is standard on the Volkswagen 2008 New Beetle, along with anti-lock brakes and front airbags. There are also pop-up roll bars that, Consumer Reports notes, are activated automatically if sensors detect an imminent tip. This is no bad thing because the "bulky body shape can induce some crosswind wander at highway speeds." Cars.com reports that "daytime running lights are standard."
Although the safety equipment is more than adequate, drivers should be aware of some of the 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle's shortcomings.