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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Passat has achieved a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test and scored four stars for child protection. ESP (an electronic stability programme) is standard as are front, side and curtain airbags, automatic pedal retraction, seatbelt reminder and active head restraints.

The estate version of the Passat offers almost 30 litres more luggage space than the saloon with the rear seats in place. However, the ability to fold the chairs down flat means it's possible to carry larger and longer loads. It also increases the total available load capacity to 1,641 litres. This is big enough for most things you can throw at the Passat but it's still smaller than the maximum boot space of alternatives like the Honda Accord, Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6.

There's an optional luggage organiser (like the one offered in the Audi A6 Avant) which uses belts and rigid bars to keep items of luggage secure while you are driving.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Passat Estate (05-11).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

BlueMotion equipment

BlueMotion standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
BlueMotion optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel

BlueMotion 2 equipment

BlueMotion 2 standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
BlueMotion 2 optional equipment
None available

Highline equipment

Highline standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
Highline optional equipment
None available

Highline Plus equipment

Highline Plus standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Highline Plus optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
R Line optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
SE optional equipment
None available

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
SEL optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Passat Estate (05-11) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.