Volkswagen CC saloon
Price £25,445 - £33,485
- 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 based on the practical Volkswagen Passat, but its focus is on style and good looks. It's aimed squarely at more expensive executive rivals like the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 3 Series saloon. The Volkswagen CC aims to offer most of the practicality of a four-door saloon, but with the looks and style of a coupe.
Volkswagen changed the name of the car for this latest version: it's simply called the Volkswagen CC, as opposed to the Volkswagen Passat CC. VW hoped that by putting distance between the CC and the standard Passat, the CC would become a more aspirational and exclusive car.
The Volkswagen CC is available with three engines. There's only one petrol, but it's a modern and efficient 1.4-litre that offers 148bhp and returns 49.6mpg. If you want a diesel CC, there's a choice of two 2.0-litre engines. The less powerful has 148bhp and returns 62.8mpg, while the more powerful 178bhp version manages 55.4mpg.
The Volkswagen CC can be specified in five trim levels. The entry-level car is simply called the CC, with trim levels then rising through GT, GT Black Edition, R-Line and finally, CC R-Line Black Edition. The entry-level CC is the only trim level available with the petrol engine, while the more powerful 178bhp diesel engine isn’t offered here.
All engines come with Volkswagen's BlueMotion technology – a package of efficiency-boosting features such as stop-start technology and improved aerodynamics.
Whichever trim level and engine you specify, you’re able to choose either a six-speed manual gearbox or Volkswagen's DSG automatic. The latter has seven gears when paired with the petrol engine, but six with the diesels.
The Volkswagen CC is a very well-equipped car: even the entry-level model comes with sat nav, Bluetooth phone connectivity, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights. Ambient interior lighting helps create a refined cabin, while the driver's seat adjusts electronically.
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