August 1, 2014
Attractive styling, a powerful and economical engine, an excellent transmission and all-wheel drive—these are the main selling points of the Volkswagen CC. The car is a four-door “fastback”, as manufacturers have taken to labeling vehicles whose roofline slopes continuously down at the back, coupe-style.
Even those with an interest in motoring will have a hard time deciphering the name “Volkswagen CC 2.0TDI 4Motion DSG.” While the “TDI” stands for the turbodiesel and the “DSG” for the direct-shift gearbox, or dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the “4Motion” denotes the electronically controlled four-wheel drive system used by the Volkswagen Group for years, the abbreviation “CC” is difficult to fathom. It means that this is the second-generation Volkswagen Passat CC, a model that appeared on the market in 2008. Volkswagen has been using the abbreviation “CC” to denote this model for two years.
The car looks very attractive. This fastback brings to mind the coupe body with its sloping roof. It’s just that coupes are two-door cars, while the Passat has four doors. With a length of 4,802 mm and a height of 1,417 mm, the car has a drag coefficient (Cx) of just 0.29 and looks great. It looks dynamic, modern and very sporty.
The test-drive unit was fitted with a 2.0TDI turbodiesel engine with an output of 177 hp. The car takes 8.3 seconds to accelerate from standstill to 100 kph and hits a top speed of 220 kph. According to the producer’s technical data, the car uses 5.7 liters of fuel to travel 100 km. The test-drive confirmed this figure. In fact, in a rare occurrence, fuel consumption was even slightly smaller than that.
Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a double-clutch, six-speed DSG automatic transmission. If the road conditions deteriorate or the wheels begin to slip, the rear wheels also automatically engage. The car’s 4 Motion system works perfectly on any road. It quickly and significantly increases driving safety.
With a wheelbase of 2,710 mm, the Volkswagen offers a spacious interior. There is plenty of legroom and headroom for those traveling on the front seats. The back seats are also comfortable, but the headroom is limited due to the car’s sloping roof. There is a complete range of standard comfort and safety features that include all available items. The car comfortably seats five passengers. The luggage compartment is a spacious 532 liters. It is easy to arrange, but it is not deep enough and has a small opening. Stylish touches include the frameless doors. They look great, especially when they are open and the windows are down. The design of the dashboard and the entire passenger cabin is similar to that of all other Passats. Although the quality of the finishing materials and ergonomics are at the highest level, like in all Volkswagens, it’s a bit of a shame that the producer did not decide to go for a more original style. As a result, the Volkswagen CC is really a Passat in a different, more attractive, garb.