Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Passat 1997

1.6 L , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Aug 1997

Volkswagen Passat crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 3 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
8 (50.0%)
11 (61.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 2 Stars
Pedestrian-test score Not Available

Compare with other cars in the Large Family Car category

The Passat was the only left-hand-drive car included in the 1997 family car tests. Like all manufacturers, Volkswagen is responsible for ensuring that occupant safety provided by left- and right-hand-drive models is similar. Euro NCAP has no reason to believe that this is not so for the Passat. In the frontal test, the car was lined up so that the driver's side directly hit the deformable barrier, as did all other cars in this test programme. The Passat met coming 1998 side-impact legislation for new models. It performed well in the frontal impact, too, although stiff structures in the lower facia area posed a hazard to the driver's knees, thighs and pelvis.

Driver head - Adequate
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Good
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Adequate
Driver right lower leg - Weak Driver left lower leg - Poor
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Marginal
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Adequate
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Weak
Side impact pelvis - Adequate
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor