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2006 Volkswagen Passat

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2006 Volkswagen Passat
2006 Volkswagen Passat
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    A

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
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 2006-10 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 2006 model year.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the Passat, beginning with 2007 models, and the CC, a variant of the Passat sedan with a lower roofline and frameless side windows, beginning with 2009 models. The Passat sedan and wagon were discontinued after the 2010 model year but not the CC.

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 rail/grab handle hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy’s head hit the roof rail and grab handle.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T 4-door
Weight 3,434 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0529
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0529
Head
HIC-15 161
Peak gs at hard contact 16
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 28
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.1
Femur force - right (kN) 1.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.33
Maximum tibia index - right 0.33
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 125

Applies to 2006-10 models

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
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Volkswagen Passat was redesigned for the 2006 model year and discontinued after the 2010 model year. The side impact crash test ratings also apply to 2007-10 models of the station wagon version of the Passat.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T 4-door
Weight 3,418 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0527
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0527
Head HIC-15 168
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 28
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.78
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.43
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 54
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0527
Head HIC-15 283
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 31
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.65
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.7
Combined force (kN) 4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 109
A-P moment (Nm) -42

Applies to 2006-10 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,365 lbs
Peak force 16,104 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.79
Tested vehicle
2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2006 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

All seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type All seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 58
Distance below top of head (mm) 45
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.8
Head contact time (ms) 70
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 151
Max neck tension (N) 628
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights

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