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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four stars, frontal impact rating; five stars, side impact rating
The Jetta has always rated high in...crash testing
“Rear side airbags are optional on all Jettas”
Volkswagen has long highlighted the safety record of its vehicles as a major selling point, and that boast comes across loud and clear on the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen. Not only does the Sportwagen Jetta fare very well in government crash tests, it also offers a long list of standard safety features, as well as a few optional airbags.
The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen has not yet been tested by the IIHS, but in NHTSA’s frontal impact assessment, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen earns four of a possible five stars. Furthermore, in the side impact category, the NHTSA sees fit to award the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen a perfect five-star rating in both driver- and passenger-side collisions. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com consider both those ratings impressive, and while the two vehicles aren’t identical, Edmunds finds it worth noting that “in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Jetta sedan received the highest rating of 'Good' for frontal offset and side crash protection.”
VW engineers include a myriad of safety features on the Sportwagen Jetta. The Washington Times states that station wagons “are cars, and are required to have a higher level of safety than SUVs,” including “a full compliment of airbags” and “traction control” as standard features. Edmunds adds that “standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes” and “stability control.” For those looking for further peace of mind, ConsumerGuide notes that Volkswagen offers optional “rear side airbags” on the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen for only $350.
On many wagons, the extra sheetmetal in back can obscure visibility, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show this to be true on the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen. ConsumerGuide is quick to point out that “aft visibility on all models is hindered a bit by the rear headrests,” though The Washington Times mentions that a “rear view camera is an optional feature.”
The 2009 Volkwagen Jetta Sportwagen is one of the safest vehicles of its size and has several safety features not always found in its price class.