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Volkswagen CC

Overall verdict


Now a five seater, well built, good looking


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


2.0 TDI 177 BlueMotion Tech GT 4dr


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TDI 184 GT Black Edition 4dr
8.1s 127g/km 57.6 184 £31,460
The cheapest
1.4 TSI 4dr
133g/km 51.4 150 £25,290
The greenest
2.0 TDI 150 BlueMotion Tech 4dr
118g/km 62.8 150 £27,280


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Volkswagen Passat

The CC is based on the old Passat. The new one is much better, and a CC version may follow