Review: Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017)
Revamp of Passat CC for 2012 and now called simply the CC. Sharper looks than before. 2.0 TDI engine with 170PS is the pick of the range.
DSGs difficult to manoeuvre in reverse.
Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017): At A Glance
You're unlikely to be fooled by the name or the looks but just in case, yes the 'new' CC is basically the revamped version of the Passat CC that was launched in 2008. Volkswagen has dropped the Passat part of the name to give it more of an identity of its own, while the looks have been updated with the latest Volkswagen family styling. It actually looks a lot like the Phaeton which helps give it the upmarket image Volkswagen is aiming for.
So while it's not strictly new, the CC has been thoroughly updated. It still retains the coupe styling with a low roof and sleek profile, but is now a bit sharper and squarer. There are new LED rear lights at the back and a chrome grille at the front. It has also been given a revamped interior with the latest Volkswagen layout including a new steering wheel and a better quality feel to the plastics.
The engine range comprises 1.8-litre TSI 160PS or 2.0-litre TSI 210PS petrols and a 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel with either 140PS or 170PS. Both versions of the TDI come with fuel saving BlueMotion Technology. Plus all models with 170PS or more have an XDS differential as standard. This is the same system that features on the Golf GTI and uses the electronic traction control system to improve cornering and traction.
The bad news is that list prices have risen considerably over the original Passat CC but the good news is that the level of standard equipment has increased to compensate. So all models come with touchscreen sat nav, DAB digital radio, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, two-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels and xenon headlights.
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Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 452 litres
Inside the finish is top quality and there are some nice interior trims, switches that are pleasant to operate and even an old school clock in the middle of the dash. It’s got hands and everything. In the back it’s particularly spacious with plenty of legroom and decent head space too. As before the boot is 452 litres and so can easily cope with plenty of luggage and shopping.
For fans of punctures, you’ll be pleased to know it has a full size alloy spare as standard. Our favourite feature is one that is also used on the Audi A6 Avant. Called Easy Open, this option means you can open the boot just by swinging your foot underneath the back bumper. True, it sounds like a gimmick but if you have arms full of shopping or you’re carrying a heavy box, it’s really useful. Although it is a £525 extra.
But the CC is really more about refinement than anything else. It’s civilised on the move and unruffled by rough roads or potholes thank to forgiving suspension. But what impresses most is what there isn’t – noise. Reducing it was a big focus for Volkswagen compared to the Passat CC which is why it comes with a new acoustic film to reduce noise in the cabin while double glazed side windows are an option.
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What's the Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017) like to drive?
The cheapest version of the CC comes with a chain cam 1.8 TSI engine but don’t be put off by its small size. What it lacks in capacity it makes up for in power with 160PS and plenty of torque thanks to the fact it’s turbocharged. It’s a very enjoyable engine to drive with real get up and go, but best of all you don’t have to rev it constantly just to get decent pace. It’s also pretty economical with a claimed average of nearly 40mpg. If you’re not planning on doing big miles then it makes a lot of sense.
The other petrol is a chain cam 2.0 TSI with 210PS – an engine shared with the Volkswagen Golf GTI among others. As you’d expect it’s good fun and rapid too with a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds. But most people buying a CC are going to go for the trusted 2.0 TDI – an engine found in across the Volkswagen range.
It’s available in two versions – one with 140PS and a more powerful 170PS. The lower power version is the most popular and Volkswagen reckons it’ll account for three out of every five CCs sold in the UK. It’s easy to see why as it’s refined, has plenty of pulling power, and is also very efficient to boot. The official average economy figure is 60.1mpg and CO2 emissions are just 125g/km making it the best choice for company car drivers.
The 170PS version is noticeably quicker and pulls really well in gear, while economy is still impressive with a claimed 57.6mpg. Emissions are only 129g/km too. But it costs around a £1000 more than the 140PS and in everyday driving there’s really not much difference between the two, so you’re better off saving your money.
Both of the TDI models come with BlueMotion Technology which includes an engine start-stop system to help save fuel. Interesting, on TDI models with the optional DSG automatic gearbox the fuel saving technology includes a free-wheeling mode which disengages the engine from the gearbox when you’re coasting. So if you come off the power on the motorway you’ll notice the rev counter suddenly drops. It feels quite odd and although it’s designed to be unnoticeable, the car does seem to slow down more than you expect, while when you go back on the accelerator, there’s a slight delay before you get power.
One good thing that the top TDI 170PS gets, along with the 2.0 TFSI, is a clever system called XDS. This has already been seen on cars like the Skoda Fabia vRS and basically uses the traction control system to mimic a differential. So in a corner it brakes the inside wheel meaning you don’t need as much steering input. The result is sharper handling and better traction too. It’s a very impressive system and one that will doubtless make its way onto more cars. You really notice it on tight bends and makes driving the CC more enjoyable.
|1.4 TSI||46–51 mpg||8.5 s||133–144 g/km|
|1.4 TSI DSG||46–50 mpg||8.5 s||128–140 g/km|
|1.8 TSI||40 mpg||8.5 s||164 g/km|
|1.8 TSI DSG||40 mpg||8.5 s||165 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140||63 mpg||9.8 s||119 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150||63 mpg||9.1 s||118 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 DSG||59 mpg||9.1 s||127 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 170||59 mpg||8.6 s||125 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 170 DSG||54 mpg||8.6 s||137 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177||61 mpg||8.4 s||120 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 DSG||55 mpg||8.4 s||133 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 184||56–58 mpg||8.1 s||127 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 184 DSG||56–57 mpg||8.1 s||130 g/km|
|2.0 TDI DSG||57 mpg||9.8 s||131 g/km|
|2.0 TSI||39 mpg||7.3 s||169 g/km|
|2.0 TSI DSG||37 mpg||7.3 s||179 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017)
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