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.