Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Passat earned a maximum five-star rating for crash safety from Euro NCAP and an impressive four stars for child protection. The R36 comes with six airbags as standard (rear side airbags can be specified as an optional extra), ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control in the form of ESP, traction control and an electronic locking differential.

The R36 is available as a saloon or an estate and boasts the same practicality as the standard Passat. In the four-door model the rear seats fold to increase load capacity, while the boot offers up to 485 litres of luggage space with them in place. It's easy to use too, thanks to a wide load area and low boot lip. The estate is hugely practical with 513 litres of boot space with the seats in place and 1641 litres with them folded.

With the rear seat cushions lifted the seatbacks can be folded to create an entirely flat load area, and there is an optional luggage organiser which helps keep luggage secure while you are driving. There is no key for the ignition, instead a keyfob is inserted into the dashboard and pushed to start or stop the engine. Full keyless entry can also be specified.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Passat R36 (08-10).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • 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
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Roof rails

R36 equipment

R36 standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
R36 optional equipment
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Roof rails

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Passat R36 (08-10) 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.