Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017) Review

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Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017) At A Glance

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.

Insurance Groups are between 23–30
On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure

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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Real MPG average for a Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

34–66 mpg

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My Volkswagen CC has increased fuel consumption since the emissions fix - what do I do?
My 2012 Volkswagen CC diesel is an auto DSG. Fuel consumption has increased by 6mpg since conversion and will not change automatically until the revs are much higher. I told Volkswagen and they weren't interested. They said it had been confirmed performance won't be affected.
This is the standard post NOx emissions 'fix' with the Tiguan 2.0 TDI and now seems to be affecting the CC 2.0 TDI. Because the fault is not resolved you should join one of the class actions against VW UK. I've put links into Good/Bad in the Volkswagen CC entry at
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Volkswagen CC engine rattles since emissions 'fix'
My 2012 Volkswagen CC went back to the dealer for its emissions work back in July 2016; however, since then the engine has developed a very large rattle and no longer gets better than 47mpg (used to be at least 49). I am now worried the engine is going to be seriously damaged. Any advice what I should be doing please?
That is precisely the same problem that has been occurring with Tiguan TDIs (probably because they were recalled first). If the first reprogramming does not work they try another one that may or may not work. See:
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Choice between 3 preferred cars?
I want to buy a replacement for a 52 plate Volkswagen Passat. Petrol only due to low annual mileage. Narrowed down to 3 choices: new 5 door manual Golf GTI (£25.5K), new Octavia vRS Estate (£23.5K), or a 64 plate Volkswagen CC 2.0 litre petrol GT210 (£20k with 5K miles). All three have basically same engine and the Golf/octavia have same MBQ chassis. Which would you go for?
You're right. They all have the EA888 engine with indirect as well as direct injection that overcomes the problem of inlet valves coking up. You are a Passat man, so that argues in favour of the CC which is also by far the best looking of the three. The potential problem with it is the DSG auto transmission, 6-speed wet clutch versions of which can be okay or can be intrusive, though you probably won't notice this much driving on the road.
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Is the Volkswagen Passat CC any good?
I'm thinking of buying a Volkswagen Passat CC (2011) for about £14,000. I've noticed that Volkswagen do not build the model anymore, is it any good, and will it depreciate more because it's now an obsolete model. Also, anything I should be wary of?
For the 2nd generation Passat CC, the name 'Passat' was dropped. They are handsome cars, but not without their problems. Check the entries in
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