VW Passat earns high test ratings



The Volkswagen Passat earned its safety rating from the prestigious Forbes.com. Pricing starts at $29,970.


The Volkswagen Passat has been picked as one of the safest cars on the road according to the prestigious web outlet, Forbes.com.


The Passat sedan and wagon have both earned Consumer Reports’ highest possible rating for accident-avoidance capabilities. These ratings are based on Consumer Reports’ objective testing, in which braking and emergency handling are judged as the most important factors. In addition, the Passat sedan and wagon models achieved a substantially better-than-average frequency of insurance injury-claim filings, as compiled by the U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

As one expects of VWs, the new Passat embodies the German engineering mandate of building high levels of advanced occupant protection. Major standard safety items feature eight airbags in total, including front side thorax airbags, and side curtain head protection for front and rear occupants. Rear side thorax airbags are optional in a Passat and, if chosen, will supplement the standard head curtain protection system.

The Passat offers the stability and surefootedness of a precise-handling, front-drive sedan, with standard four-wheel disc ABS brakes that are coupled with a sophisticated engine braking assist system. 4Motion all-wheel-drive is also available. All Passats come standard with an Electronic Stabilization Program, Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) traction control, and Electronic Differential Locking (EDL).