Top Safety Pick

2009 Volkswagen Passat

midsize car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles 4-door sedan and wagon models

2009 Volkswagen Passat 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

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

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2006-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint above the dummy's head indicates where the head hit the roof rail and grab handle during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Side

Rating applies to 2006-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2006-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen Passat Komfort 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,365 lbs
Peak force 16,104 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.79

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-10 models

Seat type: Power leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry