The Passat Estate received top marks in its Euro NCAP crash test, thanks in part to its nine airbags, including one for the driver’s knees and in each rear door. It also has a system to warn you if you might be getting tired while driving, hill-hold assist, a pre-crash system that primes the brakes, tightens the seatbelts and closes the windows if it senses a collision is imminent, and an advanced stability control that aims to help prevent secondary collisions after an initial crash.
Automatic emergency braking is standard on SE Business trim and upwards, together with a distance monitor that shows if you’re too close to the car in front.
There’s also a broad range of optional safety systems, including lane-keep assist, blindspot warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam assist and even a system that helps reverse-park a trailer, although that comes as part of an expensive option pack.
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