Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Volkswagen Passat 2010

1.9 Diesel 'Trendline' , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Nov 2010

Volkswagen Passat crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 91%
Child Occupant 77%
Pedestrian 54%
Safety Assist 71%

Compare with other cars in the Large Family Car category

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

Adult occupant

The Passat has been facelifted for 2010. Structurally and internally, the new car is identical to the one tested in 2005 and test results for the frontal, side barrier and side pole impacts have been carried over from that assessment. New pedestrian tests have been done as there are slight modifications to the bodywork at the front of the vehicle and because Euro NCAPís test methods have changed since 2005. Whiplash tests have also been done to give the new car its 2010 rating.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag was not sufficiently clear. A label on the sun visor warns clearly of the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint without first disabling the airbag.


Pedestrian tests were not carried over as Euro NCAP's test methods have changed since the car was assessed in 2005. The protection offered by the bumper to pedestrians' legs was predominantly good. However, the front edge of the bonnet gave poor protection and scored no points in our tests. In most areas likely to be struck by the head of a child, the bonnet provided good levels of protection. However, in those areas likely to be struck by an adult's head, protection was predominantly poor.

Safety assist

The Passat is equipped with electronic stability control as standard equipment on all variants. A seatbelt reminder is standard for the driver and front passenger seats.

Applies to all facelifted Passat's of the specification tested