- Fantastic looks
- Quality interior
- Good motorway cruiser
- Not very fun to drive
- No real performance model
- Expensive to buy new
Sleek four-door coupe is attractive and practical
Volkswagen’s ‘comfort coupe’ CC is essentially a more exclusive, better looking version of their hugely popular Passat. First introduced in its first generation as the Passat CC in 2008, the CC offers added luxury and exemplary design cues to what is an already exceptional saloon car. With a wide range of engines, and unbeatable comfort, the CC is a great car for those who want that extra touch of class in their lives.
The second generation CC, introduced in 2012, dropped the Passat from it’s name, as well as updating the exterior, making it even better looking than before.
Lots of quality on show, but isn’t the most practical
The interior of the CC is taken almost directly from the VW Passat. That means it’s very impressive. Build quality is exceptional, and there’s a decent level of standard kit. The coupe shape isn’t the most practical however.
When you step into the CC you’ll be immediately struck by the quality on show. Materials used throughout are impressive, with soft-touch materials featuring heavily, and high-grade leather is used in more expensive models. As with the Passat, controls are well damped and easy to use, and it’s altogether a beautifully constructed cabin.
Space wise, the CC isn’t quite so impressive. You pay for the car’s exquisite looks in both the interior, and in the boot. Tall passengers will find that their heads touch the roof when in the back seats, which may be an issue for some buyers. Boot space is limited to 452 litres, a whole 134 litres less than in the Passat. There is however plenty of in-cabin nooks and crannies that can store your essentials with ease.
Equipment levels in the CC are as you’d expect from a luxury car, quite impressive. You’re going to get all the modcons that you’re likely to need, with air-con, sat-nav, and an excellent infotainment system all featuring as standard.
The cabin of the CC is one that is an entirely pleasant environment to be in. You are limited somewhat in terms of storage space, especially compared to rivals, but there’s enough kit to entertain, and the compromise on space is more than made up for with the car’s swooping looks.
For a coupe it’s not particularly sporty
When you look at the car from the outside, you would assume that Volkswagen would present a sporty driving experience to match the car’s looks. It doesn’t however deliver on this. It’s still decent to drive, but it might disappoint some.
Suspension and Chassis
One area in which a lot of people have been critical of the CC is in the driving experience it offers. For a coupe, it’s quite a sombre car to drive. Handling isn’t the sharpest, and steering feedback doesn’t quite fit the bill. It does give you a lot of grip, and it’s certainly a safe car to drive, but it’s more at home on motorways rather than on twisting country roads.
Refinement in the CC is however pretty good, without being spectacular. It handles most potholes and bumps reasonably well, but divots of the larger variety feed back into the cabin. There’s also a fair bit of road and wind noise at high speeds, which is a little disappointing for a car of such luxury.
Gearbox options on the CC come in the form of a 6-speed manual, and a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic. The 6-speed is efficient and sharp, and the automatic transmission is great for motorway driving, though it’s a little jolty around town. The auto also has the advantage of being better for fuel consumption, which will be pleasing for some.
Quality engines, though none are particularly fast
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your CC, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. For a sporty looking car there’s a surprising lack of a true powerhouse model, but most have enough bite.
For the petrolheads, there’s no real performance option on offer. The most powerful model in the range is the diesel-driven 2.0 GT TDI 184, which packs 184bhp, and will get your from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds. It’s hardly going to get the power-hungry purring, but it’s probably enough for most people to think it’s fast.
Environmentally friendly buyers will be reasonably pleased with the 2.0 TDI 150 Bluemotion model. It produces 118g/km of C02 emissions, and whilst this isn’t the best figure in the world, it’s certainly respectable. This model is also the best for the money-savers. With a fuel consumption rate of 62.8mpg, there’s plenty to be saved on fuel, and with the low emissions, even more to be saved on road tax.
Most engines in the CC range have enough about them to power your CC without making it seem particularly slow. A lack of a true powerful engine will disappoint petrolheads, and confuse others, but diesel engines are both efficient and reasonably good for the environment.
No NCAP rating, but likely to be similar to the Passat
The Volkswagen CC has not yet been tested by the boffins at NCAP, so it’s hard to guarantee just how safe it is. As it is based on the same platform as the Passat, we can assume it’s probably going to score around the same. Thankfully the Passat excelled, achieving the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. There’s quite a lot of standard safety kit that comes with the CC as well, including 6 airbags, stability control, and brake assist, which should put minds to rest.
Expensive to buy new, but reasonably cheap to run
If you just consider the running costs of the CC, it’s a reasonably cheap car to use day-to-day. Emission levels throughout the range are pleasingly low, with most models featuring in the lower tax brackets, and fuel consumption levels are also impressive, no matter which engine or spec the CC comes with.
Insurance wise the CC is quite a bit more expensive than the Passat it’s based on. The range starts in group 23 for the 2.0 TDI CR BlueMotion Tech, and ranges up to group 32 for the 2.0 TSI R Line. It’s certainly not the cheapest car to insure, but you’re ultimately paying for the looks and prestige of the car.
The Volkswagen CC is quite an expensive car to buy from new, and first year depreciation is particularly harsh. There are some great deals to be had second hand though, where you can get much greater value for money, so you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Volkswagen CC is a high quality four door saloon that delivers on quality of finish and design, but confuses in other areas. Handling is decidedly unsporty, though it is reasonably refined, and engines are modern and efficient, though there is a lack of a true sport model. If comfort and efficiency are the main facets that you’re looking for, then a CC is a great option to consider.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st year depreciation cost of 40%.