2010 Volkswagen CC | new car review

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by









When Volkswagen first introduced this coupe-like sedan to the Middle East, it went by the name of the Passat CC, despite not really having anything to do with the standard Passat at all.

Understandably, customers were confused, so VW has now quietly dropped the Passat name from cars brought to the region and refers to it just as the CC. It’s sleeker and slightly larger than the standard Passat, but is based on the same underpinnings.

Although the first cars were strict four-seaters, thanks to a centre console in the middle of the rear bench, the latest models have a fifth seat included. The boot will hold 532 litres of luggage.

The CC is a more upmarket offering than the Passat and aims to offer a cheaper alternative to other ‘four-door coupes’ such as the Mercedes CLS. As befits its premium aspirations it comes with the option of a raft of gadgets and technology, including Park Assist, which takes over the steering for parallel parking – all the driver needs to do is accelerate and brake. Other tech features include adaptive cruise control, adaptive chassis control and Lane Assist, which will correct the steering if the vehicle inadvertently wanders out of its lane on a highway.

Engine choices are both powerful; a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit from the Golf GTI that makes 200bhp, or a 3.6-litre V6 as seen in the Passat R36, which makes 300bhp. Both engines come with a six-speed, dual clutch DSG gearbox that makes for quicker and smoother shifts than a regular automatic. The 2.0-litre CC is front wheel drive, while the V6 is four-wheel drive.

Other available features include a panoramic sunroof, leather or Alcantara seats, ambient interior lighting and 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels.

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