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.
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 Trims||2.0T S||2.0T Final Edition SE||2.0T SE||2.0T Final Edition SEL|
|Rear Parking Aid||N/A||N/A||O||S|
|Blind Spot Monitor||S||S||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Lane Keeping Assist||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S||S|
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.