Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate reliability & safety

A suite of driver-assistance systems and a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating make the Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate very safe car indeed

Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate
Euro NCAP Adult protection Child protection Safety assist
5 stars 85% 87% 76%

The Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate hasn’t specifically been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, although the saloon version of the non-hybrid variant did undergo testing in 2014: it secured a five-star rating – the highest possible score – and 85%, 87%, 66% and 76% in the adult occupant, child occupant, pedestrian and safety assist categories respectively.

The Euro NCAP test procedure has moved on since the Passat was put through its paces several years ago, so the results should be treated as a guide to today’s model. But with new driver assistance systems added since then, the Passat GTE Estate should exceed the standards set by its saloon relative.

Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate reliability & problems

The latest Passat GTE has only recently been introduced, so as yet there are no recurring reliability issues that have become apparent. German engineering has a reputation for quality, so the Volkswagen badge reassure those looking for a reliable set of wheels.

Volkswagen scored a customer satisfaction rating of 89.99% in our sister title Auto Express' 2019 Driver Power survey, landing in the middle of the pack compared to others on the list. Interestingly, Skoda, SEAT and Audi – all VW Group brands – finished ahead of Volkswagen, suggesting that car buyers trust VW’s sister brands slightly more. The Passat itself – specifically, the Mk8 – was rated as the 54th best car to own by drivers in the 2019 Driver Power survey.


There's a variety of active driver assistance systems on the Passat GTE Estate, designed to limit the chance of a crash happening in the first place. Travel Assist includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, both of which work at speeds of up to 130mph.

Meanwhile, Emergency Steering Assist – which automatically helps you steer around obstacles – makes its first appearance on a Volkswagen. There are more conventional systems, too, such as automatic driving lights and parking sensors at the front and rear.