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The Top Gear car review: Volkswagen CC

£24,950£32,545
6/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Now a five seater, well built, good looking

Against: 

Drives fine, but doesn't live up to the promises its looks make
If the Passat is too dull but you still have a sensible side, the CC could be just the car for you

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Our choice

Volkswagen

2.0 TDI 177 BlueMotion Tech GT 4dr

£29,935
N/A
61mpg
8.40s
177bhp
120g/km

What we say: 

A handsome, competent car that's ideal for those who can't afford a Merc CLS or for anyone who simply wishes to drive something more stylish than a 5-Series

What is it?

Passat CC no more. It’s now a model on its own: the Volkswagen CC. Well yes, but it’s still a facelifted Passat CC, which means it’s a Passat in a fancy frock. And now the facelifted Passat has had its very own facelift, which has made it much more appealing.

Driving

The CC is a really comfortable pliable car. In dealing with jagged surfaces - which means half the roads in Britain - it’s one of the most civilised things this side of a big Jag. It’s also available with Adaptive Chassis Control Setting, a three-stage adaptive suspension, and twiddling the knob to ‘sport’ adds some firmness to the ride and weight to the steering, but just because you can feel a difference doesn’t mean it makes any difference.

The ride is very plush, particularly models with optional adaptive damping, and it’s just the thing to soak away long distances with a lack of fuss. Fleet drivers will adore it.

Familiarly VW fare with the engines: the 2.0-litre TDI comes in 140bhp and 177bhp guise, and is predictably torquey and strong, joined by two petrols, a 1.4-litre TSI with 160bhp, and a 210bhp 2.0-litre. 

On the inside

Inside, you get pretty much a standard Passat dash (meaning it’s well built, simply laid out but offers no surprises) only with a slightly nicer entertainment/climate screen.

With it having the same profile as a coupe there isn’t so much room in the CC as the standard Passat. When you’re driving, this shows up as no more than a slightly confined feeling that stems from the closeness of the tops of the screen pillars. It can block your view a bit at certain kinds of junctions too. In the back, there are now three seats (where once there was two), which are comfortably bucket-shaped and don’t restrict your head or legroom.

Owning

Running costs are typical for an exec. Expect the mpg from the petrols to be in the late-thirties and the diesels to return in the late 50s, so good stuff.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The cheapest
1.4 TSI 4dr
133g/km 51.4 150 £24,950
The greenest
2.0 TDI 150 BlueMotion Tech 4dr
118g/km 62.8 150 £26,940

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

7/10

Volkswagen Passat

£22,265£35,435
The CC is based on the old Passat. The new one is much better, and a CC version may follow