Long termer: 2010 Volkswagen CC V6
by Phill Tromans
After spending its first week with our Arabic editor Zuhair, our long-term CC V6 has finally made its way to me.
I road tested the car a few months back and was very impressed by the looks, build quality and the amount of kit that Volkswagen had managed to cram into the car. All of which made me slightly uneasy – would that shine be rubbed off when I spent more time in the CC and got to know it better?
Not really – I’m still a big fan of what Volkswagen has managed to achieve with this car, although I have logged a few thoughts about its features.
Let’s talk about the adaptive cruise control (ACC). I’ll wax lyrical about this as a piece of technology all day, no matter what the car – being able to select a cruising speed and then have the car regulate the speed depending on the velocity of the traffic in front of you is brilliant, both for convenience and safety.
At motorway speeds, Volkswagen’s system works just as it should, but as the traffic slows down it can get rather jerky. Where more upmarket cars glide smoothly towards a stop as traffic builds up, the CC seems to do it in stages and it’s quite annoying. Below about 60kph it jerks the passengers around and resulted in a few raised eyebrows from passengers that assumed I just couldn’t drive properly.
Another annoyance was in the distance control. The ACC lets you choose how much of a gap you want to leave to cars in front. I chose a short gap because in Dubai, if the gap you leave is too big, cars will immediately undertake you and fill it. However, each time you start the CC, the distance resets itself to as far away as possible. It’s not a major concern, but it’s a bit of a niggle to have to fiddle with the control every time I got back on the road.
Negatives aside, I’m still a big fan of the V6 engine. Coupled with the 4motion four-wheel drive that the car comes with as standard, it makes for rapid progress whenever a bit of grunt is needed – pulling out of side roads, overtaking, accelerating onto motorways and so on. Having said that, it’s a thirsty beast – we’ve been averaging a fairly disappointing 12l/100km so far.
I also want to quickly mention the park assist feature, which is just great for those who have issues with parallel parking. When you’re looking for a space, you simply punch a button next to the gear stick and a graphic appears on the dash display showing you when you’re passing a suitable spot.
Pop the car into reverse, gently squeeze the accelerator and the steering wheel spins of its own accord as the car backs itself into the space. The CC prompts you when to change back into a forward gear and the wheel straightens the car up.
I’ve tried the feature several times and it’s always managed to fit into the space perfectly – even spaces that ordinarily I’d consider pretty small. The only downside has been on a couple of occasions when I’ve pushed the button at the wrong time and inadvertently turned all the sensors and reversing camera off. Whoops.
By Zuhair Shehadeh
Usually when we test drive a car, we get two or three days to try it out.
This gives us a good chance to get to know the car superficially, but doesn’t tell us a great deal about what the car is like to live with. A particular feature consider impractical or complex may well prove to be useful if we had the chance to use it on a regular basis, as owners will.
With that in mind, we plan to try and test some cars for longer, to find out what they’re like to use every day – to commute, to go shopping, to go on road trips and so on.
The first such test will be of this – the Volkswagen CC, which we’re keeping for a whole month. This should give us longer to discover its strengths or weakness and we’ll be reporting our views on it each week.
Although the Volkswagen CC is a sedan, the exterior design makes it look more like a sporty coupe. The German manufacturer has taken a similar approach as Mercedes-Benz did with the CLS, creating a category of car that combines the spaciousness of a sedan with a coupe’s elegance.
The rather beautiful design is a bit different from ‘regular’ Volkswagens. Our car sits on wheels borrowed from the Scirocco.
The engine is a 3.6-litre V6 with 300bhp and 350Nm of torque, attached to a double-clutch gearbox that can be used in full automatic mode or operated manually by way of wheel-mounted paddles – flick the left to shift down and right to shift up.
The interior is fairly typical of what we expect from Volkswagen – everything where you expect it to be and within easy reach, save for the fuel flap and boot buttons, but then we wouldn’t operate those unless stationary anyway.
Our CC comes with plenty of equipment, which we’ll explore over the next view weeks. So far it’s been the lane departure warning system that’s caught my attention, which not only alerts you if you veer outside of the marked lanes on the road, but it’ll automatically nudge the car back into position.
Specs – 2010 Volkswagen CC V6