Volkswagen Passat CC

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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 Cost Per 200km
€11.7
Cost of filling a tank
€85.33
Average L/100km
4.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
70
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1458
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
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
320

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
532
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Parking Sensors
Yes
Power Steering
Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering
Reversing Camera
Yes
Kerb weight
1550
Tyre Size Front
235/40 R18
Tyre Size Back
235/40 R18
Wheel Base
2711

Warranty

Warranty All Components
3 Year vehicle warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year vehicle warranty
Warranty Car Body
12 Years Anti-Perforation
Warranty Paintwork
3 Years on paintwork
Warranty Mileage
90000
Warranty Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The four-door Volkswagen CC is a great cruiser, with efficient engines and enough kit to compete with more expensive rivals
Top Gear
If the Passat is too dull but you still have a sensible side, the CC could be just the car for you
What Car
The VW CC looks good, but it’s unexciting to drive and starting to show its age.

Security

High Adjustable Seats
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
Yes
USB Connectivity
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
532 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
235/40 R18 mm
Tyre size back
235/40 R18 mm
Length
4802 mm
Width
1855 mm
Height
1417 mm
Wheel Base
2711 mm
Front Track (mm)
1417 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1559 mm
Kerb weight
1550 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1970 KG
Turning circle (m)
11.4 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Steering
Steering rack
Power
150 bhp