Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017) Review

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Volkswagen CC (2012 – 2017) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Volkswagen CC may not be as sharp to drive as a BMW 3 Series Gran Coupe or Audi A5, which are the CC’s closet real world rivals, but it’s decent value, easy to live with and cheap to run.

+Good looking four-door coupe, well equipped, comes with a fine range of engines, good value used.

-Handling isn’t as sporty as the looks would suggest, boot access is poor.

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

When Volkswagen updated the CC in 2012, it dropped the Passat part of the name to emphasise the car’s four-door coupe status in its range. It certainly works as a stylish family car with flair thanks to the looks and engines in the line-up that offer everything from frugal to fast. At heart, it’s still a Passat, so you also get a comfortable ride and decent handling, good refinement and excellent build quality. Admittedly, the CC isn’t quite as desirable as an Audi A5, but it’s cost-effective to run and own while delivering a dash of everyday chic.

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Volkswagen dropped the Passat part of the CC’s name when the new model pitched up in 2012. This was a deliberate attempt to distance the four-door coupe model from its more humdrum mainstream sister, yet buyers were not fooled then and they are not now.

While Volkswagen may have been embarrassed by the CC’s Passat origins, there’s nothing wrong with this in our book as the Passat was one of the most capable family cars of its period. It follows the CC is also very able and it comes with a welcome extra sporting glint in its headlight thanks to its looks and the way it drives.

The engine range comprised 1.8-litre TSI 160PS or 2.0-litre TSI 210PS petrols and a 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel with either 140PS, 170PS and 184PS. Each version of the TDI was offered 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. See, we told you it had a more sporting side than the Passat on which it’s based.

Of course, the most obvious expression of this sporty nature is the CC’s coupe styling. Unlike other car makers that use the CC moniker to denote a coupe-cabriolet model, the VW CC is very much a fixed roof machine. It has four doors, in the same mould as the Mercedes CLS or BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, both cars that VW hoped its CC buyers would aspire to even if their budgets didn’t quite stretch that far.

As a result, the CC ended up being a one-off in the family car class with no direct rivals. The Kia Stinger arrived after the CC had been replaced by the Arteon, so it is set in aspic as an unusual detour for Volkswagen and one that still holds an appeal today for those who fancy the idea of a Scirocco but need more practicality.

The front cabin is very similar to the contemporary Passat’s, which is no bad thing as it’s precisely laid out and well made. The rear has frameless doors just like the front pair and they open to reveal a rear with only two proper seats and very slim centre pew.

This limits versatility to some degree, but then coupe buyers are less likely to have that as a top priority. Read headroom is not as good as the Passat saloon’s, but it’s certainly not poor. There’s also a decent boot, so the CC makes a sound case for itself.

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. Again, this gives the CC a good slice of buyer appeal.

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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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