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The 2009 Volkswagen Passat offers a generous list of standard safety features, but its crash-test results aren't at the forefront.
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Four stars, frontal; five and four stars, side

Good," frontal; "good," side; "good," rear; Top Safety Pick

standard LED taillights are also praiseworthy”

The 2009 Volkswagen Passat offers a range of safety features virtually unrivalled among other mid-size sedans, along with reassuring results in the major crash-test programs.

The Detroit News reports that the optional rear side-torso airbags, a $350 option, “supplement the side air curtains by protecting the torso.” Automobile notes the extensive safety gear, including “six air bags, active front head restraints, ABS, brake assist, stability control, and traction control,” and CNET adds, “There are seven crash sensors: three internally in the air-bag control unit, two in the front doors, and two in the lower C-pillars.”

When it comes to the optional bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) on CNET’s test car, the reviewer “found it very useful at night, as not only do the headlights swivel with the steering to illuminate the road ahead even around corners, but auxiliary cornering lights cover what are too often blind spots to the side with bright light in sharp turns, such as into a driveway.”


The 2009 Volkswagen Passat offers a generous list of standard safety features, but its crash-test results aren't at the forefront.

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