Volkswagen has dropped the Passat name for its updated CC, that’s no bad thing as this new CC is deserving of its own title. Whilst the Passat is a fine car, this CC is on another level altogether in terms of style, refinement and quality. You only need to take a glancing look to realise how pretty Volkswagen’s new CC looks, it’s pleasing to admire from all angles, and gives Audi’s A4 and the BMW’s 3 Series some stiff competition here.
Prices for the CC commence from a respectable €34,910 whilst the Sport model I drove costs €37,565. You won’t be disenchanted with the high level of equipment which comes fitted as standard, just some of the many items include, heated front sports seats, park distance control, air conditioning, cruise control, daytime running lights and a colour touch screen infotainment system. The interior of the CC offers all occupants a premium environment with a delicate mixture of colours and the use of quality materials is evident throughout. The Alcantara and leather sports seats offer great support with plenty of adjustment available. The CC excels on a long journeys providing comfort for all occupants. The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine complete with Volkswagen’s Bluemotion Technology offers adequate power and performance with 140hp and 350Nm of torque available. The six-speed manual transmission is light and effortless to use, although sixth gear is high and therefore only used for motorway driving. It’s an economical engine offering a combined fuel consumption of 4.7l/100km and is seated in tax band B, offering €225 annual road tax. Whilst it’s a comfortable drive, it’s not the most engaging, you don’t find yourself changing gears enthusiastically. It’s BMW rival would take the marks here for chassis dynamics.
The Volkswagen CC offers class-leading styling and comfort. It’s a trouble-free car to live with on a daily basis, with the reassurance of Volkswagen’s renowned quality and reliability.[table “73” not found /]