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4-door sedan

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2016 Volkswagen Passat
2016 Volkswagen Passat

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G
Small overlap front

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A

G
Moderate overlap front

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G

G
Side

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G

G
Roof strength

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,256 lbs
Peak force 20,592 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 6.32
Tested vehicle
2012 Volkswagen Passat SE 4-door

G
Head restraints & seats
Power leather seats

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G

Advanced Front crash prevention

  • Optional Front Assist (with Autonomous Emergency Braking)
  • Optional Driver Assistance Package
Overall Evaluation
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
3 points total
This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point
In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points
In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 0 mph.
0 points

P
Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
  • S trim equipped with Lighting package
  • SE trim equipped with Lighting package
  • SE with Technology trim equipped with Lighting package
  • SEL trim equipped with Lighting package
  • R-Line trim equipped with Lighting package
  • R-Line with Comfort trim equipped with Lighting package
  • SEL Premium trim
  • V6 SEL Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
No
Overall rating
P
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Excessive glare

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the left side of the road and fair on the right side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on the straightaway.

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.


  • S trim
  • SE trim
  • SE with Technology trim
  • SEL trim
  • R-Line trim
  • R-Line with Comfort trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
No
Overall rating
P
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never created excessive glare.

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.


G
Child seat anchors (LATCH)
ease of use

TDI SE — leather seats

1 2 3
Good
No hardware available
Acceptable
Tether anchor
Marginal
Lower anchors
Poor
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Overall evaluation
G
1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Other safety features

  • Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
  • Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover (beginning with 2016 models)
  • Electronic stability control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Daytime running lights