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2017 Volkswagen Passat

Midsize car
2016 Volkswagen Passat shown
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Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
G
Crash avoidance rating
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
2015
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
Crash avoidance rating
1999
G
Crash avoidance rating
1998
G
Crash avoidance rating
1997
P
Crash avoidance rating
1996
P
Crash avoidance rating
1995
P
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2012-17 models

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
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Volkswagen Passat was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Volkswagen Passat S 4-door
Weight 3,212 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 110 in.
Length 192 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.5 L 5-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1104
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 7
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -5
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1104
Head
HIC-15 167
Peak gs at hard contact 34
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.33
Maximum tibia index - right 0.71
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 86
Right 134

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