The 2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon was rated "good" for side impact by the IIHS and earned four- and five-star ratings from NHTSA. The Passat Wagon, however, hasn’t been tested for side impact by either the IIHS or NHTSA programs.
According to MSN Autos, “The Passat wagon has standard front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags, along with anti-lock brakes.” This is good because “[m]ost wagons are bought as family vehicles, so buyers pay particular attention to safety items.”
“Though the center rear seat—the best place for a child-safety seat — lacked anchors, it was easy to use an anchor from each outboard seat to tightly secure a child-safety seat,” says Cars.com. “Standard safety features include antilock brakes with automatic disc wiping to keep brake discs dry and clean in wet conditions, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, and LATCH child-safety seat anchors for each outboard seat.”
A feature that’s not widely available, even on luxury wagons costing much more, is the optional torso-protecting rear-seat side-impact airbags. “What’s more, the Volkswagen Passat Wagon offers eight airbags, along with active head restraints to help reduce whiplash injuries,” ForbesAutos clarifies.