Volkswagen Passat CC (2008–2012)
Available to order with a seven-speed DSG gearbox which enhances performance and economy. The compact and lightweight seven-speed DSG transmission, fitted with a pair of dry clutches, offers a number of benefits over a conventional automatic gearbox.
A lower first gear ratio improves acceleration from a standstill to 60 mph to 8.2 seconds (8.3 manual) while the seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive. This gives a fuel consumption figure on the combined cycle of 38.7 mpg (37.2 manual) and CO2 emissions are reduced to 172 g/km (178 manual).
Available only in standard CC trim, and with the 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS engine, the Passat CC with seven-speed DSG gearbox features an extensive list of standard equipment including 17-inch Phoenix alloy wheels, 2Zone Climatronic air conditioning, touchscreen stereo system with six-disc CD autochanger, driver's six-way electrically adjustable seat, multi-function leather steering wheel, six airbags and Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP).
Passat CC unveiled
Featuring the profile of a coupe yet benefiting from four doors and four individual seats with plentiful headroom. Large, panoramic roof section measuring 750 mm in length and 1,120 mm in width, lending the interior a bright, airy feel. At the rear the bootlid blends into the rear window to allow a wide, practical opening. Intersecting the boot is a subtle aerodynamic wing framed by a pair of twin lens rear light units.
Options include Lane Assist is a safety system designed to guide the vehicle automatically should it sense that the car is inadvertently drifting out of the desired lane on a motorway. Park Assist allows the vehicle to guide itself into a parallel parking space with the help of sensors placed around the vehicle. Although the vehicle is responsible for steering inputs the driver retains control of the throttle and braking systems at all times.
A new steering wheel featuring controls for the phone and entertainment systems sits behind new dials in the cowelled instrument pack. New finishes including the option of wood or aluminium are complemented by a subtle new ambient lighting system. Beneath the optional touchscreen satellite navigation system are revised controls for the climate control. The front seats can be specified with integrated heating systems for the winter and cooling systems for the summer, technology previously only available on the Phaeton. In the rear a set of sculpted individual seats are joined by a storage cubby between the two passengers.
The new Passat CC features the option of Dynamic Drive Control or DDC. Offering three settings: comfort, normal and sport, the system acts not only on the damper units to firm up or soften the ride but also changes the characteristics of the electro-mechanical steering system to suit a more comfort- or sport-orientated driving style. Models without optional DDC adopt conventional damper units tuned to provide a sporty yet refined ride.
Choice of three petrol and two diesel engines. The entry level petrol engine is a 1.8-litre TSI unit developing 160 PS and 184 lbs ft of torque linked to a choice of six-speed manual or the advanced new seven-speed DSG gearbox. The 1.8-litre TSI engine allows the Passat CC to sprint to 62 mph in 8.6 seconds before achieving a top speed of 137 mph.
2.0-litre TSI, raises power to 200 PS while torque peaks at 206 lbs ft. Maximum of 147 mph, 0 to 62 mph 7.9 seconds. 2.0-litre TSI engine is available with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Topping the range is a new 3.6-litre V6 FSI engine developing 300 PS and 223 lbs ft of torque channelled via 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a six-speed DSG gearbox. A top speed of 155 mph and 0-62 of 5.5 seconds
Two new common rail diesel engines will also be offered in 140 PS and 170 PS guises linked to either six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes. The 140 PS model develops 236 lbs ft of torque and can achieve 62 mph in 9.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 132 mph. The 170 PS diesel, which develops 258 lbs ft, cuts the 0 to 62 mph time to 8.6 seconds and raises the top speed to 140 mph.
The Passat CC can now optionally accommodate five adults thanks to the addition of an extra space situated between the rear seats, while up front satellite navigation is fitted as standard along with a touchscreen Bluetooth device.
The GT model also benefits from the revisions plus it gains Nappa leather interior, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control. The GT trim level also retains 18-inch ‘Interlagos’ alloy wheels, ACC (Adaptive Chassis Control) electronically controlled pneumatic dampers and heat insulating tinted glass from the B-pillar backwards.
These changes on the entry-level model represent an extra £1,000 worth of equipment yet the revised Passat CC will cost only £515 more than the model it replaces. On the GT model the gap is even greater with an extra £3,000 worth of equipment being fitted yet the overall price of the car rises by £1,000.
The existing line-up of powerful yet efficient 1.8-litre TSI, 2.0-litre TSI and 3.6-litre V6 petrol engines and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines remain, as does the choice of six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes on selected models. The new model opened for ordering 10-4-2010 with prices starting at £22,645 RRP on the road for the 1.8-litre TSI model.
|Trim||Engine||Price RRP (OTR)|
|CC||1.8-litre 160 PS 6spd manual||£22,520|
|CC||1.8-litre 160 PS 7spd DSG||£23,760|
|CC||2.0-litre 140 PS 6spd manual||£23,230|
|CC||2.0-litre 140 PS 6spd DSG||£24,505|
|CC GT||2.0-litre TSI 200 PS 6spd manual||£25,160|
|CC GT||2.0-litre TSI 200 PS 6spd auto tiptronic||£26,400|
|CC GT||3.6-litre V6 300 PS 6spd DSG||£32,995|
|CC GT||2.0-litre 140 PS 6spd manual||£24,645|
|CC GT||2.0-litre 140 PS 6spd DSG||£25,920|
|CC GT||2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6spd manual||£25,525|
|CC GT||2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6spd DSG||£26,800|
The cleanest and most fuel efficient version of the Passat CC yet produced has been unveiled in the form of BlueMotion Technology models. The Passat CC line-up sees BlueMotion Technology models join the range in place of existing diesel versions. The new additions to the Passat CC range have been modified to optimise efficiency and economy, with regenerative braking and Start/Stop systems fitted to the four-door coupé for the first time.
These revisions help the 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS Passat CC models achieve a combined 60.1mpg, up from 50.4, and CO2 emissions are cut to just 125g/km, down from 146g/km. The more powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine in the range producing 170 PS also boasts improved figures with economy up to 57.6mpg (51.4mpg DSG) and emissions down to 129g/km (144 DSG).
|CC 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS
BlueMotion Technology (DSG)
|125 (139)||D (E)||60.1 (53.3)||23,555 (24,895)|
|GT 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS
BlueMotion Technology 6spd (DSG)
|125 (139)||D (E)||60.1 (53.3)||24,970 (26,310)|
|GT 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS
BlueMotion Technology 6spd (DSG)
|129 (144)||D (F)||57.6 (51.4)||25,850 (27,205)|
Air Ride suspension kit for Passat B7 made available by AirREX at £3,332.50 + VAT. www.airrexuk.co.uk