Volkswagen Passat CC

4/5
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Verdict

The coupe adapted version of the Volkswagen Passat saloon, the Passat CC aims firmly at more premium marques with a more luxurious appeal and sporty styling.

Performance

The Passat CC is available with just one engine option. This a 2.0 litre diesel engine with a choice of 150 or 184bhp power outputs mated to a 6-speed manual or optional DSG automatic transmission. Fitted with Volkswagen Bluemotion technology, the Passat CC offers a good compromise between power and economy. If you have the means, we highly recommend opting for the 6-speed DSG automatic as it slips seamlessly up and down the gears, and matched with the higher performing 184bhp, the CC can be quite a bit of fun.

Ride & Handling

Like the Passat saloon the Passat CC is a very comfortable motorway cruiser with wind and road noise kept to a minimum. Despite its coupe styling, however it doesn’t quite feel as agile as a normal coupe. It is avauilable as the Sport model only which gets sports suspension as standard, so it is slightly stiffer than the regular Passat. It grips well in and out of the corners, but the steering does feel a little vague. While it is fun to drive, it is not the most agile car of its size in the segment. For better driving dynamics with a car of equal appeal, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is probably the best option, but it is considerably more expensive.

Refinement

The Passat CC is available as just the Passat CC ‘Sport’ currently. That said, standard specification is very impressive including features like 18 inch St Louis alloy wheels, Bi-xenon headlights with daytime running lights, nappa leather trim and a panoramic sunroof. Naturally you get the usual refinements like electric windows, auto wipers, auto lights, 7 inch touch screen with infotainment and cruise control.

Quality & Reliability

The Passat Sport packs a serious amount of creature comforts making it look and feel like a quality product. There is the usual evidence of Volkswagen's sterling build quality with extensive use of soft-touch materials and contrast inserts across the dashboard and down the centre console. Following the release of the latest Passat, the CC’s dashboard lacks some of the flair and touches of class you get from with new Passat saloons interior. With that in mind, it is still a very nice and comfortable place to be.

Safety & Security

The Passat CC has never been put through the Euro NCAP Crash test, but the previous generation Passat on which it is based achieved a full five star rating. It comes with a good level of standard safety technology that includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill hold assist and a full host of airbags. There is numerous optional safety equipment that includes blind spot warning system, driver fatigue detection and automatic emergency brake assist.

Space & Practicality

Despite its coupe shape, the Passat CC is a still a practical family saloon. Head and legroom in the front is just as good as the standard Passat as is the leg and shoulder room in the rear. Taller passengers however may have issues with the sloping roofline, but should suffice for most. Boot space is still an impressive 532 litres albeit that being down by 54 litres on the Passat saloon. The rear seats do however fold forward to open up the back of the cabin for storage of larger objects if required.

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Key Facts

New Price
€42,370
Make

Volkswagen

Model
Passat CC
Variant
CC SPORT 2.0TDI 150HP Diesel
First year of model production
2012
Engine (L)
2.0
Transmission
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Coupe

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
Average L/100km
4.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
70
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1458.3
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
118
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Brake Horsepower
150
Top Speed
218 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
9.1
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
70
Aspiration
Turbo

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
532
Tyre Size Front
235/40 R18
Tyre Size Back
235/40 R18

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5