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VW Passat CC Bluemotion: Test Drive Review

Date: 02 August 2011

VW Passat CC Bluemotion
Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £24,235

Volkswagen has added Bluemotion technology across its Passat CC range for the first time with the introduction of modifications such as stop/start and battery regeneration.

The 2.0-litre 140hp TDI Passat CC now achieves economy of 60.1mpg on the combined cycle - up from 50.4mpg - while emissions have dropped from 146g/km to 125g/km. Pay just under a £1000 more for the 170hp version and you get 57.6mpg with emissions of 129g/km, but the lower-powered 140hp is sufficient with good power, if lacking a little midrange as is common in many diesels.

The top of two specs, GT (opposed to standard), has leather seats as standard along with cruise control, rear parking sensors and an eight-speaker sound system.

While you lose some headroom on the CC compared to the original Passat, it is a striking car that gains admiring looks on the road, although on the downside, A-pillar wind noise was particularly noticeable at high speeds. Since launch, VW?has also changed from a four-Seat layout to standard five.

But as it's no doubt set for further improvements in the CO2 department, the 125g/km means benefit-in-kind tax of 18% and a cost per mile of 54.9 pence still makes this an attractive proposition for business drivers.

VW Passat CC Bluemotion
Tech 2.0 TDI 140hp 6sp manual
P11D price£24,235
Model price range£23,170-£33,835
RV34.1%
Depreciation£15,960
Fuel£6444
Service, maintenance
& repair
£1902
Vehicle Excise Duty£190
National Insurance£1906
Cost per mile54.9p
Fuel consumption60.1mpg
CO2 (tax) 125g/km/(18%)
BIK 20/40% per month£73/£145
Service intervalvariable mls
Insurancegroup 22
Warranty3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space 532 litres
Engine size/power1968cc/140hp
Top speed/0-62mph140mph/9.8secs
On sale December 2010
Score8/10
VerdictBluemotion makes it even
more appealing to execs
wanting appearance
and efficiency


Verdict


Bluemotion makes it even more appealing to execs wanting appearance and efficiency
8/10

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