How safe is the volkswagon beetle in an accident?

Asked by Dec 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle

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2001 VW Beetle crash test results - http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=100

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Here's a picture of an older vw that was hit headon by a drumk woman in San Diego this weekend. Be careful with those older beetles. Not much protection.

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Old Beetle???? You're safer rollerblading on the motorway!!!

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So you think your car would do any better in a head on collision at a 130mph closing speed with a lifted, full size pick up truck?

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The real answer is that in it's day the VW was as safe and in many cases safer than other cars in it's class. Like every other car of it's eras, it will pale compared to a modern car. It is simply not a fair comparison. A new VW Golf is safer in a head on collision than a 1965 Cadillac. If you are interested in an old school Beetle, make sure it is in good condition-not rusty, with good modern seatbelts, good brakes (a stock 61 Beetle would stop from 60 mph in 111 feet according to Motor Trend-as good or better than Corvettes up to about 10 years ago), good tires. It will never be as safe as a modern car, but again, no old car will be. The crash pictured above was a wrong way driver crash at freeway speeds. Type wrong way crashes into the search on YouTube and you will find that even in modern cars, things rarely go any better.

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