The Passat did well in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2014, gaining the maximum five stars overall, along with scores of 85% for adult protection, 87% for child protection and 66% for pedestrian protection.
Safety kit is similarly impressive. Every version comes with nine airbags, including rear side airbags and one to protect the driver's knees. There's also a system that warns you if you’re getting tired behind the wheel, an electronic parking brake with hill hold assist and systems that prime the car for an impending accident and help prevent secondary collisions after an initial impact.
SE Business versions and above are fitted with an automatic emergency braking system to help avoid or minimise low-speed shunts, as well as adaptive cruise control that keeps you a set distance from the vehicle in front.
There's a broad range of optional safety systems on top of that, including lane-keeping assist, blindspot warning and even a system that helps you reverse park when towing a trailer.
All models get an alarm and an immobiliser, while security experts Thatcham Research awarded the Passat five out of five for resisting theft and four out of five for resisting being broken into.
For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here
Page 5 of 5