2019 Volkswagen Beetle Safety and Reliability

Volkswagen Beetle Reliability Rating

2019 Beetle Safety

The IIHS's crashworthiness review of the Volkswagen Beetle turned out relatively substandard; it scored a rating of Marginal, which is just one rating above the lowest possible score of Poor. The NHTSA's review of the VW Beetle proved a little more adequate, the authority having accorded the Beetle with a four-star overall safety rating out of a possible five-stars.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

2019 Beetle Key Safety Features

The Beetle is not overwhelmingly equipped with driver aids, but blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and a rearview camera are standard. Front and rear park sensors are available, while dual front-impact and side-impact airbags feature, as do overhead airbags and seatbelt pretensioners.

Volkswagen Beetle Trims2.0T S2.0T Final Edition SE2.0T SE2.0T Final Edition SEL
Back-Up CameraSSSS
Cross-Traffic AlertSSSS
Rear Parking AidN/AN/AOS
Blind Spot MonitorSSSS
Lane Departure WarningN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lane Keeping AssistN/AN/AN/AN/A
Night VisionN/AN/AN/AN/A
Tire Pressure MonitorSSSS
Brake AssistSSSS
Stability ControlSSSS
Traction ControlSSSS

2019 Beetle Reliability

The Beetle has been subject to two recalls, one of which was for a failure to display a brake wear indicator, necessitating a visual inspection of the brakes to determine if they needed replacing. The other was to prevent the vehicle from rolling away if the key was removed while the transmission was not in the park position.

J.D. Power has scored the Beetle a respectable 81 out of 100 for reliability, but should anything go wrong, the Bug is covered by Volkswagen's six-year/72,000-mile new vehicle and bumper-to-bumper warranties.


  • Basic:
    6 Years \ 72,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 72,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
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