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One Classy Car – The Volkswagen CC

 

Volkswagen has dropped the Passat name from the shapelier CC model but is this enough to justify the bigger price tag?

 

Originally launched  in 2008 as the  Passat CC, VW have dropped Passat from the title and relaunched the car as the VW CC. Partly  in an effort to simplify things but also to distance the CC from its mainstream sibling.  VW are hoping that buyers will see the CC more as a shrunken Phaeton than a larger Passat.

 

The styling of the car certainly reinforces this with a new grille and headlight arrangement which are particularly striking and reminiscent of the Phaeton. It has a far more sculpted look than the Passat   and more slinky coupé styling with its sloping roofline. While the CC uses the Passat’s platform it is actually 33 mm longer, 35mm wider and 50mm lower  than a Passat.

 

 

 

Test Car
The CC is available with one diesel engine and  the  line up consists of 140bhp (103kw)  and 170bhp(125kW)  versions. Our test car was the 2.0 TDI BMT 140bhp with the ultra smooth DSG gearbox. Sporting the Blue Motion badge at the rear our car was equipped with all of Volkswagen’s fuel saving and efficient technologies and products such as a start-stop system, brake energy regeneration and a coasting function. Top speed is 212km/h and the 0-100 km/h is achieved in 9.8 seconds.

 

 

 

Styling
It is the exterior of the CC that has benefited most from the update and the grille, bumper and headlamps, in the front of the car, are all new. The smart lines, flared wheels and sloping roof line enhance the coupe like design.

 

 

 

On the Road
On the open road is where the CC really delivers on its promise and it is beautiful to drive. The suspension is refined and comfortable and gives just the right amount of sportiness without ever feeling firm or rigid. The 2.0 diesel is punchy and the steering is beautifully weighted with good feedback. Despite its size, for city driving it handles and corners effortlessly. The DSG, a dual clutch gearbox, is slick and fast and gear changes are virtually undetectable. This is available with both engine options but carries a €2,800 premium.

 

 

Economy & Trim
The 2.0 TDI BMT 140bhp returns 5.3 litres per 100 km on a combined cycle. CO2 is a low 124g/km for the 140 bhp (103kW) rising to  and 144g/km for the 170 bhp (125kW) with the DSG. Road tax varies accordingly from €225 to €330 respectively. Fuel efficiency for the 2.0 TDI BMT 140bhp is rated at 4.7L/100km in the city and 6.4L/100km on the motorway.

 

Prices start at €34,910 for the standard CC. There is only higher trim above standard and that is the “Sport” grade. Standard equipment on the base trim level  includes Cruise Control, Climatronic Air Conditioning, Chrome interior trim, Rear  and front fog lights. The Sport trim adds Entry warning lights in all doors, Park distance control (PDC)‐ acoustic warning signal for Obstacles in front and rear and High beam control “Light Assist”. The 170bhp versions gain Electronic Differential Lock (XDS) and Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) ‐

 

 

 

Interior
The CC sports one of the nicest cabins around in any price class. It has an exquisite two tone colour scheme. Materials and build quality are excellent and serves as a constant reminder that this is a premium coupe. In addition it can now accommodate five adults and with a 532 litre boot, space is more than adequate.

 

 

 

Verdict
The keen pricing of the CC means it is a far cheaper option than any of the rival four-door coupes such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and  Audi A5 Sportback.  It may not carry the prestige badge of the rivals but nothing on the market currently, at this price, gives as much style inside and out. The CC is one classy car.

 

 

 

 

Why you’ll buy one? Beautiful interior, stunning styling, well priced.

 

Why you won’t? Expensive for a VW

 

Competitors:  Audi A5, Mercedes Benz CLS, Renault Laguna coupé

 

LAST WORD: Luxurious coupe without a premium price tag

 

 

 

VOLKSWAGEN CC 2.0TDI BMT 140BHP (103kW)
Factfile

 

Engine 1,968cc four-cylinder diesel putting out 103kW at 4,200rpm and 320Nm of torque at 1,750 – 2,500rpm
Max speed   212km/h
0-100km/h  9.8 seconds
Emissions (motor tax)  139 g/km €225
Starting price  €34,910 (test car €40,400)
Model price range €34,910 – €42,385
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP: Not yet tested
Fuel type:  Diesel
Fuel Economy:  5.3 litres per 100km (Combined Cycle)
Boot Capacity Seats up : 532

 

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