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Volkswagen CC (2012–2017)

Last updated 7 April 2019

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.
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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.

Volkswagen CC 2012 Road Test

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