The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Good protection was provided to all parts of the passenger dummy. Dummy numbers indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger dummy. Volkswagen showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions, whose knees might strike the dashboard in different places. In the side impact test, the Passat scored maximum points with good protection of all critical body areas. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest and abdomen was adequate and that of the head and pelvis was good. Test on the front seats and a geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated a good level of protection for all occupants against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. An optional autonomous emergency braking system - 'Front Assist with City Emergency Braking' - is available on the Passat and operates at low speeds to prevent or mitigate minor injuries, including whiplash. As the system is not standard equipment, its low-speed functionality was not assessed.
The Passat scored maximum points for its protection of the 11⁄2 dummy in the dynamic crash tests. In the frontal test, forward movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward-facing restraint, was not excessive but a fraction of a point was lost for marginally high neck loading. In the side barrier test, both dummies were properly contained within the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the risk of head contact with the vehicle interior. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the car is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the Passat.