Volkswagen CC: car review
The Volkswagen CC is quirky, elegant and a great daily driver; it’s just not all that practical.
What is it?
The Volkswagen CC (Passat has now been dropped from the name) is a coupé but one sporting four doors. It sits somewhere between a practical saloon and a luxury car, and is aimed at those wanting something different.
How safe is it?
Very. VW claims the CC is one of the world’s safest car ranges and it comes with an impressive array of safety features as standard.
Who should buy one?
Anyone who thinks four doors can be boring but who needs them and is willing to accept style over practicality.
Andy Turner’s review: Good Motoring, Summer 2013
DRIVING AND PERFORMANCE
VW seems to be in a period when it cannot to do anything wrong, and this trend continues with the CC. Dropping the Passat from the name is a small detail but a smart move, because it sets the CC out on its own path. It actually drives as good as it looks, with its fast and sporty appearance extending to the on-road experience.
The test vehicle we had came with the diesel 2.0-litre 170PS engine (VW estimates that 90% of sales will have a diesel fitted) that suits the car beautifully. Performance and handling was an eyebrow-raising experience for a car of this size, despite what the figures suggest on paper.
Accelerating from 0-62mph takes 8.6 seconds but feels considerably faster, and acceleration was super smooth in part due to the fact that it was fitted with the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), something we would recommend over the six-speed manual. Fuel economy doesn’t let you down either, and we managed to better 50mpg over seven days and 850 miles driven. Not bad.
Overall, it really is a very satisfying and easy car to drive and one that is hard to find many faults with as a daily driver. Aside from the excellent performance, handling and economy for a car of its size (4,802mm long), it’s also comfortable with large, firm seats (that will cool, warm or massage you at the touch of a button) and an excellent seating position.
One complaint though, would be that visibility can be a little poor if your are a particularly tall driver – with the rear view mirror taking up a decent amount of real estate on the windscreen, but you get used to this quickly. The array of gadgets and driver aids also won me over, and for the first time, I actually used park assist in a car, no longer seeing it as a gimmick.
SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
The four-door coupé market is getting more popular, but a step up in style can mean a step down in practicality. Starting with the bad, the back seats are restrictive to those of us with a 30” or more inside leg. But then you know this just by looking at the car from the outside; the beautifully designed slanting roofline gives it away, so it won’t come as a surprise.
If you are in the front, you are spoiled with more than enough room for even the tallest amongst us. And it’s up front where you see a very good use of space. The CC’s boot is spacious too, with a capacity of 452 litres, and levers under the rear shelf area mean that the rear seats can be folded from the boot.
When it comes to safety, VW doesn’t mess around. The CC excels in both passive and active safety. The basis for passive safety is the high level of body rigidity and high-tensile bodywork creating a passenger cell aimed at improving survival chances in the event of a collision. Active (or electronic) safety comes from items including the standard dual-stage airbags, automatic pedal retraction system, and driver alert systems, to name a few.
The CC comes in two very well equipped trim levels – CC and CC GT. Anti-lock brakes, brake assist system, electronic stabilisation and traction control come as standard, as does dual-zone climate control, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. Move up to the GT trim and you get leather upholstery, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and very slick turbine-like 18-inch alloy wheels.
The CC is the kind of car that you would feel comfortable in, pulling up at – say – a client meeting (it is a popular fleet car after all). Not too flashy, not too dull, but elegant and quirky enough to make you look and feel good. The pricing reflects this with a price tag of just over £30k for the GT model we tested, and options, although reasonably priced, can push this up quickly. You definitely get a lot of car for your money, though.
The CC is quirky, elegant and a great daily driver. It’s just not all that practical.
AT A GLANCE:
Performance: 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds
Economy: 51.4mpg combined
Insurance: Group 24E
Tax: Band E (£125 standard rate)
Figs. for the VW CC GT 2.0-litre TDI BlueMotion 170PS, which has now been superseded by the 177PS version (from £30,630).