The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta performs exceptionally well in crash tests and has good standard safety equipment for a small, affordable sedan.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Jetta its top score in both
frontal-offset and side-impact crashes and named it a Top Safety Pick for 2009. The Jetta also scored well in independent crash tests and earned high marks from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
All 2009 Volkswagens come standard with Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP).
ESP combines three technologies—anti-lock brakes, traction control, and yaw
control—to create an active vehicle safety control system. When necessary, ESP
intervenes in a nanosecond to help realign the vehicle and keep it on the road.
2009 Volkswagen Jettas also feature front side-impact airbags, full-length curtain/head
airbags, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution.
MotherProof appreciates that the “super-strong door beams protect passengers in the event of a collision” and notes that all Jettas feature a “nifty traction control system to help with slippery roads.” Other safety features include such necessary items as anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and six airbags that come standard.