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Volkswagen Passat Saloon safety is something the firm has done a lot of research on, and there are loads of features installed to prevent the worst happening, or help when it does.

Along with a plethora of airbags, even base S-spec models get a feature called Driver Alert System, which can sense when you’re getting tired and will warn you to take a break.

The post-collision braking system holds the brakes on after you’ve had an accident. This stops your car from causing more damage if there are further collisions in the event.

Bluetooth handsfree connectivity is included too, and there’s even a feature to stop you mis-fuelling your car.

Moving up to SE trim gets you autonomous braking both at low speeds and using the active cruise control. It’ll bring the car to a stop if it senses it’s going to hit something.

You also get automatic wipers, dusk-sensing headlights and parking sensors at both ends of the car.

The stand-out optional extra is a system that’ll drive your car for you at very low speeds. It takes care of the brakes, throttle and steering to help you feel relaxed while sat in slow-moving traffic jams. This system is inventively named Traffic Jam Assist.

Those familiar with the previous version will probably be shocked to learn that Volkswagen Passat Saloon practicality has improved – and not just by a little bit.

The 586-litre boot is 21 litres bigger than before, and the cabin space has increased too even though many of the car’s exterior dimensions have shrunk.

As ever, there’s plenty of room for four adults and five will fit at a squeeze. Occupants have a choice of cubbies and cup-holders to store their fare.

An option worth considering is the automated boot opening, which makes life a whole lot easier when you’ve got your hands full.

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • 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
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Bluemotion equipment

Bluemotion standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
Bluemotion optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
GT optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers

GTE equipment

GTE standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
GTE optional equipment
None available

GTE Advance equipment

GTE Advance standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
GTE Advance optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
R Line optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • 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
None available

SE Business equipment

SE Business standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Business optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Heated seats

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Passat Saloon was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 85%
Child Occupant: 87%
Pedestrian: 66%
Safety Assist: 76%

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.