2015 VW Passat (B8) receives the maximum rating of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests

Article by Christian A., on December 3, 2014

Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat (B8) follows its predecessor when it comes to safety as the new model managed to receive the maximum rating of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The overall safety rating of 5 stars for the new Passat is composed of the results obtained by the vehicle in four sub-areas: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and security support.

According to the press release, the occupant protection for adults include a head-on crash test against an aluminum barrier at 64 km/h and 40% overlap, as well as a side impact at 50 km/h in the vehicle structure and a pole side impact at 29 km/h.

The new Passat managed to receive 85 percent of the maximum rating. During the tests in the important area of child protection, the Passat reached over 87 percent of the maximum rating thanks to the standard Isofix and top tether child seat anchors.

Regarding pedestrian protection, the new Passat reduces the risk of injury due to constructive details such as the design of the bumper and bonnet.

Safety systems found on the 2015 Passat (B8) include the safety-optimised head restraints and seat beltwarning systems for all seats, as well as a head airbag system for front and rear passengers including side airbags.

Other standard safety systems include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS with brake assistant, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Tyre Monitoring Indicator and Driver Alert System.

As the team led by Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design, commenced their work on the eight-generation of the Passat, they sought the formula to making the car even more visually attractive. They eventually arrived at an answer: Breathtaking proportions.

Thanks to a new design platform the modular transverse matrix (MQB), the design was able to provide the new Passat with breathtaking proportions. While the B8 generation of the Passat is nearly as long as its predecessor, its wheelbase is longer by 79 mm. Likewise, the Passat B8 now has shorter overhangs, as made possible by making the front and rear wheels of the Passat B8 larger and positioning them further out to the sides. In addition, the eighth generation of the Passat is now lower and wider.

Designers also lowered the bonnet and shifted the windscreen rearwards, as made possible by optimized engine orientation. This gave the Passat B8 a cab backward design with mature saloon proportions, resulting to the appearance of a long bonnet.

However, while VW intended the new Passat to have dynamic proportions, they also want to redefine its orientation. According to Bischoff, they wanted the new Passat to jump to the next higher vehicle class, with the goal of sculpturally developing the potential of the car into a business saloon. He added that it was important to develop significant design themes that would convey the Passat’s impressive visual presence and express its powerful sporty character.

In terms of dimensions, the Passat measures 4,767 mm in length, 1,832 mm in width, 1,456 mm in height, with 2,791 mm in wheelbase. Compared to its predecessor, the Passat is 2 mm shorter, 12 mm wider and 14 mm lower. While its wheelbase is longer by 79 mm, with body overhangs are also short by 67 mm on the front and 13 mm at the rear. The shorter overhangs were made possible by shifting the front wheels 29 mm forward and the rear wheels 17 mm towards rearward. With these dimensions, the Passat boasts of proportions that allow for a powerful and exclusive design.

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