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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Extra advanced kit can be added, as an option, to help further Volkswagen Passat safety capabilities. This includes Fatigue detection, front assist with city emergency detection, traffic sign detection, Park Assist, light assist and side assist lane-changing warning system. The optional new city emergency braking function (a part of the Automatic Distance Control (ADC) system) automatically engages the brakes at speeds below 18 mph should an unavoidable collision be sensed by the vehicle.

The system is also able to accelerate the vehicle automatically should it detect an imminent rear end collision providing the vehicle sees a clear space ahead. There’s also an automatic fatigue detection system. It monitors the driver and automatically emits an audible and visual warning to recommend a break if it feels the driver is tired. While traffic sign detection detects speed limit signs and no passing zones and up to three of these signs are shown on the driver information cluster.

As with previous Passat models, the Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) incorporates Trailer Stabilisation when a factory fitted towbar is specified. All this kit helped the car achieve the top score of five stars in the Euro NCAP safety ratings.

This is a practical saloon. It can seat four adults and comes with 565-litres of loadspace – that’s more than enough space for at least two sets of golf clubs and a couple of soft bags. Volkswagen has come up with a great solution to help you open the boot when your hands are full. On vehicles specified with keyless entry, so long as you’re carrying the key fob, a simple foot motion at the back of the car is enough to activate sensors that open the boot automatically.

A brilliant feature and sure to make loading the car much easier. There is plenty of interior storage space for all your nik-naks and the door pockets are a good size and depth. Unfortunately there is a downside. Select a car with a manual gearbox and you will soon find a bottle stored in the central console gets clouted by your arm when you change gears.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Passat Saloon (11-14).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

BlueMotion equipment

BlueMotion standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
BlueMotion optional equipment
None available

Executive equipment

Executive standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Executive optional equipment
None available

Executive Style equipment

Executive Style standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Executive Style optional equipment
None available

Highline equipment

Highline standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Highline optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
R Line optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
None available