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Volkswagen CC: Test Drive Review

Date: 13 February 2012   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

Category: Sports
P11D Price: £27,515
Key rival: Audi A5 Sportback

First there was the VW Passat saloon and estate, then a four-door coupe variant, the Passat CC. Now the latter has become just the CC as VW simplifies the moniker.

In addition to the name change, the styling has undergone a significant overhaul - more than an average facelift, although many elements still remain from its predecessor - and the specification levels have been updated. The previous model's shapely headlamps and taillights have been replaced with more sober, rectangular items, while the grille and the bumpers have also changed shape, bringing the CC further into line with the latest Passat. Factor in the full five-seat capacity, generous rear passenger space and 452-litre boot and the CC makes a compelling case for itself as a still practical but more interesting four-door.

Keen to maintain the outgoing car's legacy for its generous amount of equipment, VW has added even more to entry-level models. A DAB radio, touch-screen satnav, Bluetooth and the firm's Multi-Device Interface (MDI) music system are standard with the basic CC trim. Only one other trim level - GT - is available, which is expected to be the most popular with business car users. It adds the likes of leather seats, adaptive chassis control, all-round parking sensors and (somewhat curiously as it is now expected as more standardised feature across lesser models) cruise control. A huge options list adds to that and includes a new Easy Open system, which allows the boot to be opened hands-free by making a kicking action towards the rear bumper.

The engine range remains unchanged for the UK market. There's a choice of two TSI petrol engines - a 160hp 1.8 and a 210hp 2.0 - and a pair of 2.0-litre TDI diesels with 140hp and 170hp.

Despite the name change, the CC remains similar to the standard Passat to drive and near identical to its predecessor. That's no bad thing in many respects because it's extremely refined and comfortable. The biggest-selling 2.0 140 TDI engine offers all the performance you're ever likely to need, along with 125g/km and 60.1mpg, but the more potent engines are always an option if you're willing to sacrifice on costs. Keen drivers should look elsewhere, though, as the CC isn't a car that excites.

As four-door coupes go, the CC is the most affordable of the lot, but it lacks the badge appeal of more upmarket rivals such as the Mercedes CLS and the Audi A5 Sportback. Within those circles, the VW is a veritable bargain, but it's worth remembering that the same values of space, comfort, good build quality and plentiful kit can be found with the regular Passat saloon and its rivals, and with P11D values that are easier to swallow.

Volkswagen CC GT 2.0 TDI 140 Bluemotion
P11D price£27,515
Model price range£24,200-£30,100
Residual value33.3%
National Insurance£2164
Fuel consumption60.1mpg
CO2 (tax) 125g/km (18%)
BIK 20/40% per month£78.8/£157.6
Service intervalvariable
Insurance (1-50)group 22
Boot space452 litres
Engine size/power1968cc/140hp
Top speed/0-62mph132mph/9.8secs
On sale April 2012
VerdictClassy and refined with
generous equipment
and lots of space
for a coupe


Classy and refined with generous equipment and lots of space for a coupe