Volkswagen CC saloon
Price £25,475 - £33,515
- Looks great
- Very quiet in the cabin
- Good range of engines
- High price-tag
- Steering needs more feel
- Auto models expensive to run
At a glance
“The Volkswagen CC is, in essence, a renamed and restyled Volkswagen Passat CC, meaning it’s a luxurious, stylish and comfortable four-door coupe.”
The Volkswagen CC is the end result of putting a practical and sensible Volkswagen Passat saloon through an extreme makeover. Blessed with a sleek shape and a far more exciting look than the regular Passat, the CC aims to attract customers away from pricier executive rivals such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 3 Series saloon.
Having been facelifted in line with Volkswagen's latest corporate look, it's not all style over substance, either, as the Volkswagen CC strives to offer coupe-style looks without losing the practicality you get from a four-door saloon. The ‘Passat’ name has now been dropped from the CC's title, with an aim towards further distancing the car from its less stylish sister.
Under the bonnet, your choice is limited to just three engines, only one of which is a petrol, but the 1.4-litre 148bhp TSI is modern, efficient and enjoyable to drive. Economy is good for a petrol, too, at 49.6mpg. The two 2.0-litre diesel engines produce 148 and 181bhp and achieve 62.8 and 55.4mpg respectively.
These engines all feature Volkswagen's BlueMotion technology, a name that also covers aerodynamic features intended to improve efficiency and reduce running costs. Every engine and trim is available with a six-speed manual gearbox, or a DSG automatic with six speeds when attached to a diesel or seven if it's controlling the petrol.
Five trim levels can be chosen from, with the entry-level model named simply CC. This is also the only one you can buy in petrol form and restricts you to the least powerful diesel. Progressively more equipment then comes with the GT, GT Black Edition, R-Line and R-Line Black Edition cars, with the gruntier 181bhp diesel being available in all of them.
No CC model is less than generously equipped, with every edition having sat nav, a Bluetooth phone connection and climate-control air-conditioning. Rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps are further standard convenience features, while ambient interior lighting creates a pleasant environment for passengers. The driver is looked after, too, with an power-adjustable seat.
You may draw peace of mind from the fact that the CC is based on proven technology, however the Passat it was based on has since been replaced. That was always a good car, though, as well as safe, having received a five-star crash-test rating when it was evaluated independently by Euro NCAP. We’d expect the CC to perform similarly.
You might have thought the CC would be a triumph of cosmetics over competence, but in fact it proves itself as quite a no-nonsense proposition, and for daily use it only really loses out in a bit of rear-seat headroom and some boot space compared to the regular Passat. However, it's more cossetting to the driver and has more driveway appeal.
Great looking and able to cover long motorway journeys with comfort and economy, the VW CC is a very tempting alternative to the premium German competition.
The Volkswagen CC is cheaper to buy with a petrol engine, but cheaper to run with a diesel
All Volkswagen CC engines allow for good acceleration but handling could be more exciting
Volkswagen CC is quiet inside the cabin and the suspension is very comfortable
Despite its curvy looks the Volkswagen CC is quite practical
The Volkswagen CC should prove to be reliable with same underpinnings as trusty Passat CC