Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Spacious, accommodating interior
  • Large, square boot offers a lot of space
  • Access limited due to saloon body style

The Passat is a long car, and that translates into a generous amount of interior space. Up front, a wide range of adjustment for both seats means it’s very easy to get comfortable and stretch out, and even with a tall person in the front, space in the rear seats is plentiful.

Access is easy and – unlike the sleeker Arteon – headroom is good enough for tall adults to sit comfortably without having to slouch. It’s not as good as in the Passat Estate, but four adults will fit comfortably in the saloon. A fifth will be fine for shorter journeys, but will have to straddle a large central tunnel and share the footwells with those in the outer seats.

There’s a good amount of storage in the back – pockets on the rear of the front seats and large door bins big enough for a large water bottle, while an armrest in the middle boosts comfort.

Open the boot and there’s a generous 586-litre load area that’s well-shaped and deep. It’s bigger than the boot in a Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport and Ford Mondeo, but trails the Skoda Superb’s 625-litre offering. The main problem is it’s more difficult to get to than all the others because it’s just the saloon bootlid that opens, not the rear window like its hatchback rivals, severely limiting its usability.

The rear seats fold to open up a total of 1,152 litres of space, but this is only useful for longer items rather than bulky items. But if you regularly need to load the car up like that, a saloon won’t be the type of car you’re considering. The Passat Estate is the better option here.

How safe is the Passat?

  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • 2019 facelift brought more safety kit
  • Plenty of driver assistance kit, too

First tested in 2014, the Passat scored a five-star safety rating and that still applies following the 2019 facelift. In fact, the mid-life tweaks brought in a raft of upgrades that included various safety and driver assistance technologies.

As standard, the Passat comes with a full suite of airbags – driver and passenger, driver’s knee, curtain airbags front and rear and a front side impact airbag. On top of this there are two Isofix points in the rear, tyre pressure loss indicator and a post-collision braking system that holds the brakes on in the event of an accident. This prevents the car from being shunted into another in front.

There’s also standard-fit lane-assist to warn you if you go to drift out of your lane (and then nudge you back across), parking sensors all-round and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, working up to speeds of 130mph. The system also reads traffic signs and is able to adapt the system to whatever the prevailing speed limit is on the road.

As part of this system, Front Assist measures the distance between you and the car in front and features autonomous emergency braking. All of this tech is part of the standard-fit Travel Assist system.

The safety and driver assistance kit list can be bolstered with a selection of options that fall under what VW calls IQ Drive – the umbrella term for all driver assistance and safety tech. Extras include 360-degree cameras called Area View, IQ Light matrix LED headlights and a head-up display. There’s also a Trailer Assist system that reverses the car and trailer automatically using the mirror adjustment switch.

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
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • 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
  • 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
  • CD
  • 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
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Bluemotion equipment

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

GT equipment

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

GTE equipment

GTE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
GTE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

GTE Advance equipment

GTE Advance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
GTE Advance optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

R Line equipment

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

S equipment

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

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator

SE Business equipment

SE Business standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Nav optional equipment
None available

SEL equipment

SEL standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SEL optional equipment
  • Climate control

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%
Vulnerable Road Users: 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.