Applies to 2016 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Restraints and dummy kinematics|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
The Volkswagen Passat was redesigned for the 2012 model year. Beginning with 2013 models built after October 2012, the side curtain airbags were reprogrammed to deploy in small overlap frontal crashes to improve occupant protection. Beginning with 2016 models, the vehicle structure was modified and the side curtain airbags were lengthened to further improve protection in small overlap crashes .
The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 10 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 6 cm at the instrument panel.
Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso to the extent the head hit the steering wheel rim. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2016 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T S 4-door|
|Weight|| 3,263 lbs.|
|Side airbags||front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags|
|Engine||1.8 L turbocharged 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||25 mpg city / 38 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|Lower occupant compartment|
|Lower hinge pillar max (cm)||10|
|Left toepan (cm)||3|
|Brake pedal (cm)||4|
|Parking brake (cm)|
|Rocker panel lateral average (cm)||3|
|Upper occupant compartment|
|Upper hinge pillar max (cm)||3|
|Upper dash (cm)||6|
|Lower instrument panel (cm)||6|
Driver injury measures
|Peak gs at hard contact||31 |
|Tension (kN)||1.9 |
|Extension bending moment (Nm)||20 |
|Maximum Nij ||0.34 |
|Chest maximum compression (mm)||19 |
|Knee displacement (mm)|
|Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)|
|Maximum tibia index|
|Tibia axial force (kN)|
|Foot acceleration (g)|