Easy Rear-Facing Child Safety Seat Install - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Easy Rear-Facing Child Safety Seat Install

October 23, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

One of the 2013 Volkswagen Passat's attributes for the latest generation car is its generous amount of rear seat space. Normally, you think of this helping out with fitting a car-load of adults, but it's actually quite handy if you're installing bulky child safety seats, too.

The safety seats for infants and very small children typically install in a rear-facing position. Consequently, they take up a lot of room. And if you're installing one in an outboard seating position, you can encounter clearance problems with the front seats.

In the Passat, though, there's so much rear legroom available that rear-facing seats aren't a problem. In the above photo, the driver seat was set for me, and I'm 5-foot 10-inches tall. There was still plenty of room left, so taller drivers shouldn't have any issues, either.

While I don't expect installing a rear-facing safety seat will be a troublesome issue for any new top family sedan, the Passat's plus-sized rear seat is certainly a bonus for young families.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,815 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Thanks. Having a 14 month old in a rear facing seat and the prospect of maybe another one sometime in the future, things like this are important. I'm still trying to convince my wife that technically, a rear-facing car seat can fit in an FR-S. She asked "can it really fit?" and I said "technically, yes". She repeated "Not what I'm asking. Can it REALLY fit?" "Technically, yes." This repeated for a while. Technically, it is better than my Miata, so I'm right, right?

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly the reason why mid-size sedans have grown as much as they have.

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