2016 Volkswagen Beetle Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government | Edmunds

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government

WASHINGTON — The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle hatchback earned the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On sale now at Volkswagen dealerships, the 2016 Beetle received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.

NHTSA has not posted ratings on the Beetle Convertible.

The 2016 Beetle and Beetle Convertible get a new automatic post-collision braking system added as a standard feature.

The system "builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follows the initial impact," the automaker said in a statement.

The system applies the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors. It helps to reduce "residual kinetic energy" and the chance of additional damage, according to VW.

Other standard safety features on the Beetle include six airbags, stability control and antilock brakes.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Beetle. As it is a carryover model, though, the 2015 Beetle ratings should be comparable. It earned "good" scores in all IIHS crash tests but the small overlap front crash test, for which it received a "marginal" rating. That test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.

Key Beetle competitors include the Hyundai Veloster, Kia Forte Koup and Mini Cooper. The Veloster also earned the highest five-star rating from NHTSA, while the Forte Koup and Cooper have not been rated.

Edmunds says: The latest Volkswagen Beetle proves it's not the tin can its legendary flower power forebear was, receiving top crash scores from the federal government.

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