1997 Volkswagen Passat

midsize car / 4-door sedan

1997 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan
1995 Volkswagen Passat shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights


  • G
  • A
  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 1995-97 models

Tested vehicle: 1995 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4-door

The Volkswagen Passat was restyled and re-engineered for the 1995 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement wasn't well controlled. The right side of the seat moved forward along its track about an inch, and the seat pitched forward and to the left. The dummy's head hit the roof rail and door frame, finishing outside the occupant compartment in the gap left between the two structures.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Despite outward appearances, the occupant compartment was seriously compromised when the floor buckled in the offset test.

Dummy movement during the crash wasn't well controlled -- the dummy's head finished between the roof rail and door frame.