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2012 Volkswagen Passat

Midsize moderately priced car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
A
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
M
2007
G
G
G
M
2006
G
G
G
A
2005
G
P
2004
G
P
2003
G
P
2002
G
P
2001
G
P
2000
G
1999
G
1998
G
1997
P
1996
P
1995
P

Applies to 2012-14 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. 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 vehicle2012 Volkswagen Passat S 4-door
Weight 3,212 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length192 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 5-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1104
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 IDVTF1104
Head
HIC-15167
Peak gs at hard contact34
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 - left0.33
Maximum tibia index - right0.71
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left86
Right134

Applies to 2012-14 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 2012 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of side crash test verification.

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 vehicle2012 Volkswagen Passat S 4-door
Weight 3,212 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase110 in.
Length192 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.5 L 5-cylinder
EPA ratings22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1104
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.
-16.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1104
Head HIC-15413
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)32
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)36
Average deflection (mm)33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.50
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.4
Acetabulum force (kN)1.7
Combined force (kN)4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.3
L-M moment (Nm)56
A-P moment (Nm) 149

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1104
Head HIC-15127
Neck
Tension (kN)0.3
Compression (kN)1.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)27
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)30
Average deflection (mm)27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.78
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.47
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.4
Acetabulum force (kN)1.6
Combined force (kN)1.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)2.0
L-M moment (Nm)189
A-P moment (Nm) 46

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,256 lbs
Peak force20,592 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio6.32
Tested vehicle
2012 Volkswagen Passat SE 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 2012-14 models

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

Seat type

Power leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typePower leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)24
Distance below top of head (mm)20
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.6
Head contact time (ms)60
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)19
Max neck tension (N)548

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