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The 2014 Beetle performs well in NHTSA testing, and comes with a good set of standard safety equipment.
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Five stars overall; five stars frontal; five stars side impact

Top Safety Pick 'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'good,' small overlap frontal impact

The cut-down side window opening, however, means that outward visibility isn't as good as before.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle (hardtop) at five stars overall, with four-star front and rollover ratings. Those are high marks, and indicative of the Beetle's structural soundness.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also given the 2014 Beetle mostly top-tier scores; although it does achieve just 'marginal' in the tougher new small overlap frontal test. 

Standard safety equipment in the Beetle includes the usual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes and stability control; and active headrests. Good visibility through the windows and large rearview mirrors make for easy sight lines in traffic.

Bluetooth is either standard or available on any 2014 Beetle, and offers the added safety of hands-free phone calls.

New for 2014 is an available rearview camera for "top-of-the-line" models, but it won't become available until late in the model year.


The 2014 Beetle performs well in NHTSA testing, and comes with a good set of standard safety equipment.

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