The Euro NCAP, independent European consumer protection organization, has awarded a maximum 5 star rating to the 2015 Volkswagen Passat and 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport. It clearly implies that the eighth-gen Passat and new Discovery Sport are one of the safest cars in the world. Both these vehicles would be launched in India in and around the second half of 2015. New Discovery Sport would arrive in India via CBU route, hence retaining all its safety features from the European model, while the new Passat would be locally manufactured in the country.
The overall safety rating of five stars for the new Passat is composed of the results in four sub-areas: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and security support. During the extensive investigations on occupant protection for adults, which include a head-on crash test against an aluminium barrier (at 64 kmph and 40per cent overlap) as well asa side impact (at 50 kmph in the vehicle structure) and a pole side impact (at 29 kmph), the Passat received 85 per cent of the maximum rating. The new Passat also performed excellently in the important area of child protection and reached over 87 per cent of the attainable point total due to the standard ISOFIX and top tether child seat anchors.
New Volkswagen Passat comes loaded with an array of exquisite safety features such as driver and front passenger airbags and a head airbag system for front and rear passengers including side airbags. Furthermore, the new Passat also has Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS with brake assist, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Tyre Monitoring Indicator and Driver Alert System as standard safety features. In addition, the company is also offering multiple optional features like PreCrash preventive occupant protection, Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist as well as Trailer Assist. On the other hand, the new Discovery Sport boasts a number of cutting-edge safety features, such as an all-new pedestrian airbag which is a first in the small-SUV segment. This feature deploys from the upper-rear surface of the bonnet within 60 milliseconds upon detection of a pedestrian impact to reduce the risk of serious pedestrian injury.
Another first for Land Rover is the Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which uses a digital stereo camera mounted next to the rear view mirror to detect objects that could pose a collision threat, delivering visual and audible warnings and automatically applying the brakes if a collision is imminent. Even in the third row of the SUV, retractor pretensioners are fitted as standard for enhanced protection. The Discovery Sport also features a full suite of active and passive safety systems, including Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Roll Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking Systems, Reverse Traffic Detection, Emergency Brake Lights, Lane Departure Warning and Seatbelt Reminders. Optional features also include Blind Spot Monitoring with Closing Vehicle Sensing, Active Speed Limiting and Reverse Traffic Detection.