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  • Passat Estate gains plenty of new 2019-on safety kit
  • Not the newest car but lots of semi-autonomous tech included
  • Can drive semi-autonomously up to around 130mph

Volkswagen Passat Estate: will my child seats fit?

As you’d expect from a modern executive estate car, there’s a huge amount of safety equipment on offer here. We’d say that Volkswagen Passat Estate safety levels are very high indeed.

Passat safety was boosted in mid-2019 to include standard LED headlights, natural voice controls, letting you change settings without having to prod the touchscreen media system and more sophisticated semi-autonomous driving tech.

This inludes ACC - adaptive cruise control - which can maintain a safe distance behind the car in front, predictively slow the car when approaching slower speed limits and speed it up when the limit increases. This is thanks to the car being able to read road signs and slowing automatically for bends, roundabouts, junctions and towns, in conjunction with the sat-nav maps. Choose an automatic gearbox and the car can even slow itself to a standstill and set off again in traffic.

More than this, the Passat is the first Volkswagen with the possiblity of semi-autonomous driving up to the speed of 130mph, a substantial improvement on the previous version that operated up to around 35mph. Lane Assist, keeping you within your lane and and new Emergency Steering Assist system are also available.

Pre-2019 models still featured a long list of standard safety kit, especially if you opt for an SE model or above. 

How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a Volkswagen Passat Estate?

Despite being a very large, practical family car, only two Isofix child seat mounting points are avialable on the VW Passat. That limits its viability for families that need to transport three or more child seats, meaning that other models make more sense for those with multiple small children.

The safety kit installed on even base S models includes knee and rear side airbags, the post-collision braking system (holds brakes after an accident to prevent further crashes), mis-fuelling prevention, the Driver Alert System (will alert you if the car detects signs of fatigue) and Bluetooth connectivity for your mobile phone.

On SE-spec cars there are far more safety systems, including Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, which will tell the car to brake automatically if they sense an impending collision. Front and rear parking sensors are also installed at this level in the range, along with automatic lights and rain-sensing wipers.

Optional features include the amazingly innovative Traffic Jam Assist. This will actually drive the car for you at very low speeds, taking care of accelerating, braking and steering. It only works at very low speeds, but will really take the effort out of stop-start traffic jams.

  • Mammoth boot - seats up or down
  • More luggage space than rivals
  • Plenty of rear passenger space

Volkswagen Passat Estate: will my family fit?

The old version wasn’t exactly what you’d call small, but Volkswagen Passat Estate practicality is better than ever now.

The car is lower and shorter on the outside, but thanks to a larger distance between front and rear wheels it’s actually slightly bigger inside. The roofline is a bit lower, but there’s still more than ample headroom for front and rear occupants.

Being an estate, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the boot. While the old Passat Estate had a 603-litre load space, the new model vastly improves on that and measures a massive 650 litres. This means it fairly demolishes the competition from Mazda and Vauxhall, the 6 Estate and Insignia Sports Tourer, measuring 506 and 560 litres respectively.

If you fold the seats down and fill the boot up to the roof, a huge 1,780 litres is unlocked. This makes the Passat Estate one of the most useful load-lugging cars available.

There are loads of cubbies to store valuables away from prying eyes, a decent-sized glovebox and cup-holders all-round.

You may want to spec the optional electric tailgate if you’re worried about practicality. It makes life so much easier when you have a handful of shopping bags or wayward children to keep in check.

Volkswagen Passat Estate: will it fit in my garage?

The Passat Estate may be a large car, but with large windows, the prospect of parking sensors and a relatively low window line, compared with high-riding SUVs, this is one of the easiest large cars to park.

Meanwhile, whatever luggage you're looking to load into the boot you should have more than enough space in the back of the Passat Estate.

A wide opening boot, flat boot floor and decent width means that whether you have heady bags of compost, a large single mattress or a susbtantial haul of flat-pack furniture, you shouldn't have trouble fitting these in the back of the Passat Estate.

Volkswagen Passat Estate: will my luggage fit?

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Passat Estate.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Bluemotion equipment

Bluemotion standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
Bluemotion optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
GT optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers

GTE equipment

GTE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
GTE optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

GTE Advance equipment

GTE Advance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
GTE Advance optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
R Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

R Line Edition equipment

R Line Edition standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
R Line Edition optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
  • Roof rails
  • Service indicator

SE Business equipment

SE Business standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Business optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Heated seats

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Nav optional equipment
  • Roof rails

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
SEL optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Roof rails