Volkswagen’s Passat has never been a safer bet than it is today1

Volkswagen’s Passat has never been a safer bet than it is today1


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Volkswagen’s Passat a favourite of emergency services and families alike – has more than doubled its standard safety specification since its introduction, the brand said today.

Brand Director of Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles Michal Szaniecki said that the 2022 Passat sedan and wagon range has taken enormous strides in terms of active and passive safety since the current generation’s introduction in 2015.

Mr Szaniecki was commenting on the decision of the taxpayer funded and motor club subsided Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) that the Passat’s five star rating would expire this year. That rating, awarded in 2015, rubber-stamped the assessment made in the previous year by the internationally respected European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

ANCAP conducts no crash testing of European vehicles on sale in this market, instead conducting a perfunctory inspection.   

In 2015, the Passat featured:

  • Adaptive cruise control with follow and stop1
  • Rear traffic alert1
  • Front assist (High & low speed AEB)1
  • Lane Assist1
  • Side Assist1

These items were standard in the upper grades, but optional on the entry variant.

From 2020, not only did these items become standard across range, the following fixtures also become standard on all Passat variants:

  • 360° Proactive Occupant Protection1
  • Manoeuvre braking front and rear (auto braking at parking speed)1
  • Travel Assist (adaptive lane guidance for semi-autonomous driving at low and high speeds)1
  • Emergency Assist1
  • Pedestrian Monitoring1

“Just as ANCAP has elsewhere rightly pointed out the absence of safety technology, why would it fail to account for active and passive safety upgrades that bring a model to the forefront of occupant and bystander technology?” Mr Szaniecki said.

“It is unclear if ANCAP withdraws ratings at a specified point merely for administrative convenience. It is clear that the Passat has embodied ANCAP’s previously stated ideal that a model should become safer throughout its lifecycle.”

Volkswagen Group Australia