The new Volkswagen Passat was awarded the maximum safety rating for 2014, from the independent European consumer protection organisation (Euro NCAP).
The eighth generation Passat, which is available to buy from Tower Park-based Breeze Volkswagen, received a 5-star rating and is considered to be one of the safest cars in the world. With this result, the new Passat follows its predecessor, which last earned the highest score in 2010.
Euro NCAP has been considered the most important standard for vehicle safety since 1997.
The overall safety rating of five stars for the new Passat is composed of results in four areas: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and security support. This model also benefits from a world-class security package with an optimised body structure, a highly effective integrated seatbelt and airbag system and innovative assistance technologies.
John Corderoy, managing director at Breeze Volkswagen, says: “Volkswagens are world renowned for their durability and safety, and we’re delighted to have the latest Passat at Breeze Volkswagen. It is an exciting, innovative new model and this, combined with its design, quality and style, means it’s a real competitor to premium rivals and at a great price.”
During the investigations on occupant protection for adults, which include a head-on crash test against an aluminium barrier (at 64 km/h and 40 per cent 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 Passat received 85 per cent of the maximum rating. The new Passat also performed excellently in the child protection category and reached over 87 per cent of the attainable point total due to the standard ISOFIX and top tether child seat anchors.
The design of the bumper and bonnet scored highly for pedestrian protection in the prevention of injury in a collision. In addition, the new Passat has standard series systems on board such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS with brake assistant, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Tyre Monitoring Indicator and Driver Alert System.
This version of the Volkswagen Passat is now available to order from Breeze Volkswagen, with its first deliveries expected in January.
For further information, please contact Breeze Volkswagen on 01202 713000 or www.breeze-volkswagen.co.uk