2003 Volkswagen Passat

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2003 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan
1998 Volkswagen Passat shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats

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 1998-2005 models

Tested vehicle: 1998 Volkswagen Passat GLS 4-door

The Volkswagen Passat was redesigned for the 1998 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, its head moved toward the window sill as floor deformation tipped the driver seat toward the door.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

Despite some bending of the roof rail, the driver's survival space was maintained well.

A button on the side of the head restraint is for locking in position after the restraint has been adjusted upward. This design improvement was introduced during the 1998 model year. Still, the head restraint is marginal.

Minimal damage occurred in the most demanding bumper test, a 5 mph rear-into-pole impact.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2001-05 models

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry