2010 Volkswagen CC V6 | road test

Posted on May 16, 2010 by
The CC's understated good looks remain, but now there's more grunt under the bonnet

The CC's understated good looks remain, but now there's more grunt under the bonnet

AT A GLANCE

FOR

  • V6 gives power CC deserves
  • Four-wheel drive improves experience
  • Passat name finally gone

AGAINST

  • Rear headroom at a premium
  • Boot could be larger
  • Quite a bit pricier than 2.0-litre CC

SUMMARY

The already rather good CC – a coupe-shaped premium sedan from – loses the Passat name, and about time too, as it’s several steps above its former namesake. It also gains four-wheel drive and a V6 engine, which makes it even better than it was before. You can also specify an extra seat in the rear. With these latest additions, we’re now struggling to think of things we don’t like about it – although the 50,000AED price hike over the 2.0-litre version might raise a few eyebrows, despite the amount of kit included.

Although its a sedan, VW is going for coupe looks with the CC. Squeezes out some headroom in the back though.

Although its a sedan, VW is going for coupe looks with the CC. Squeezes out some headroom in the back though.

PERFORMANCE

The upgrade in drivetrain gives the CC the oomph and dynamics that the 2.0-litre version was slightly lacking. The 3.6-litre V6 is a beauty, with smooth, consistent delivery of its 300bhp to all four wheels thanks to Volkswagen’s 4Motion four-wheel drive system.

The result is great traction away from the line and a responsive driving experience through the six-speed, twin-clutch DSG gearbox, which is brilliant; responding instantly to manual changes with almost imperceptible smoothness and anticipating your intentions marvellously in automatic mode. Is there a better gearbox in the mass market at the moment? We can’t think of one.

HANDLING AND RIDE

Handling is really good and the adaptive steering feature works well – it makes for light and easy steering at low speeds for manoeuvring and bumbling around town, but adds weight at higher speeds. The car always feels totally planted to the road, never skittish even at high speeds, just safe and solid, instilling all the confidence you’d ever want.

The CC's steering is light at low speeds and heavier at speed.

The CC's steering is light at low speeds and heavier at speed.

There’s a decent amount of front wheel feedback through the steering wheel – not sports car levels but enough to let you know what’s happening. Our test car had adaptive ride settings – Normal, Comfort and Sport – to stiffen up the suspension as desired. Even on the comfort setting the ride was fairly firm but it was always comfortable. All the bumps in the road will make themselves gently known to you and although on the Sport setting it’s slightly annoying on poorer quality tarmac, it’s never really bad.

COMFORT

The engine and exhaust combine to make a pleasant but non-intrusive sound in the cabin; just enough to let you know about the extra performance.

The quality of materials reflects the feeling of the car in general – solid. Everything feels like a quality offering and it’s all fitted together very well. The design of the interior is understated in comparison to some rivals, but more interesting and stylish than some other Volkswagen models.

Our test car had two seats in the rear, but customers can also specify space for three.

Our test car had two seats in the rear, but customers can also specify space for three.

The driving position is pretty much perfect, with plenty of adjustability in the steering column and the seats, which have plenty of support – if the side bolsters were any bigger, they could be labelled as sports seats.

PRACTICALITY

Our test car, like the original Passat CC, had only two seats in the back with a storage compartment between them. However, 2010 CCs are now available with the option of a third seat in the middle, should you need space for an extra passenger. There’s plenty of legroom in the rear, but if we were being really picky we’d say the headroom could be better – taller rear seat passengers may need to get used to their heads touching the roof, which slopes downward at the back in order to get that coupe look. The boot is a decent size at 532 litres, if not cavernous.

General storage space comprises some rather small door pockets in the front and a box under the centre armrest, a coin tray in the dash and a little compartment next to the steering wheel, as well as two cup holders in the centre console. There’s a 230V power socket in the back, as well as more storage space and cup holders (in the four-seat model).

The CC is equally at home around town or on the open road.

The CC is equally at home around town or on the open road.

FEATURES

With a price hike of 50,000AED over the 2.0-litre CC, you’d expect there to be plenty of equipment in the CC – and there is. Our test car had an excellent and easy-to-use navigation system, which included notifications of the speed limit. This often proved useful in speed camera-infested Dubai, but less so when the data was out of date.

There’s a second colour screen in the dashboard with trip information and navigation instructions, which is operated using wheel mounted controls.

The CC has automatic and hands-free everything and a pretty good music system, that includes a hard drive for music storage and an auxiliary input socket, although there’s no direct iPod compatibility.

An electric rear sun shade and front and rear parking sensors are all included, as well as autohold to stop you rolling backwards on hill starts. We love adaptive cruise control, although this particular version only seems to adjust in 10kph increments; rather annoying if you want to set it just under the speed limit. Park Assist uses sensors to detect parallel parking spaces and spin the steering wheel for you if you find manoeuvring hard – it does work, but it requires a much larger space than we expected. If you’re in any way capable, you’d probably be better off doing the work yourself.

The interior quality is top-notch

The interior quality is top-notch

SAFETY

Standard safety features on the CC include front, side and curtain airbags as well as ABS and ESP (electronic stability control).

Front Assist warns you if it thinks you’re approaching a vehicle in front too quickly and primes the brakes for an emergency stop. Lane keep assist is also included, which nudges you back into your lane if you try and cross the white lines without indicating – it’s probably our favourite of such systems that we’ve tried, offering help without being intrusive and annoying.

The CC scored a mildly-disappointing four-star rating (out of five) in all tests as part of the US NHTSA crash tests, apart from during the side crash tests, where it scored five stars for driver safety.

COSTS

We averaged a fuel economy of around 11litres per 100km during our time with the car. The fuel needle seemed to head towards empty rather quickly, but then again this is a V6-powered, four-wheel drive car, so it’s never going to win any eco awards. The official fuel economy is 9.5 litres/100km, which gives the CC a theoretical range of around 730km from its 70-litre fuel tank.

Volkswagen offers a three-year, 100,000km warranty on the CC. Services are due every 15,000km ranging in cost from 700AED at 15,000km to 3,500AED at 60,000km at the time of writing.

2010 Volkswagen CC V6 4Motion

Engine: 3.6-litre V6
Max power (bhp/rpm): 300/6,600
Max torque (Nm/rpm): 350/2,400
Transmission: Six-speed dual clutch automatic
Driven wheels: Four-wheel drive
Kerb weight: 1,632kg
Price (AED): 169,000

One Response to 2010 Volkswagen CC V6 | road test

  1. Classic Old Cars Reply

    September 2, 2010 at 10:33 am

    It is very nice car.i like it, to be honest i rarely think body kits make a car look better.Volkswagen has the personal touch to create a good sports car like Passat CC R-Line. As I read all the article, they bring up all high class modification on this car and also switching the wheels into sports type and it’s made up of alloy.volkswagen is always touch directly to customer satisfaction.

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