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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen CC
For:Now a five seater, well built, good looking
Against:Drives fine, but doesn't live up to the promises its looks make
2.0 TDI 177 BlueMotion Tech GT 4dr
Fed up with the usual company-car choices? Want something a tad left-field? Step this way…
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.
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.
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.
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.