The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. However, the steering column was believed to pose a risk to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, the Beetle scored maximum points, providing good protection to all body areas. In the more sever side pole test, protection of the chest was adequate and that of other body areas was good. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
Based on dummy readings in the impact tests, the Beetle scored maximum points for its protection of the 3 year dummy. Forward movement of that dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive in the frontal impact. In the side impact, both dummies were properly contained by the shells of their restraints, minimising the likelihood of dangerous head contacts. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. The dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in that seat without first disabling the airbag are clearly labelled in the car.
The bumper provided good protection to pedestrians' legs in most areas tested. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in all areas and scored no points. In most areas likely to be struck by the head of a child, the bonnet offered good protection but was predominantly poor in those parts likely to be struck by an adult's head.
Electronic stability control is standard equipment and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is standard for the driver, passenger and rear seats. A speed limitation device is not available for the Beetle.