2012 Volkswagen Passat: Car Seat Check

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This Car Seat Check was first published in September 2011 on

With its redesign, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat has grown in length, and it shows in the interior. The new sedan is 4 inches longer than the outgoing model, creating to a lot of legroom. There’s so much backseat legroom that the Passat easily sailed through our Car Seat Check.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

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Convertible seat: Both the forward- and rear-facing convertible fit well in the Passat.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

Editor’s note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.

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Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Newman is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 15 years as an automotive journalist at Jennifer leads the Editorial team in its mission of helping car shoppers find the vehicle that best fits their life. A mom of two, she’s graduated from kids in car seats to teens behind the steering wheel. She’s also a certified car-seat technician with more than 12 years of experience, as well as member of the World Car Jury, Automotive Press Association and Midwest Automotive Media Association. LinkedIn: Instagram: @jennilnewman Email Jennifer Newman

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