VW CC, so you don’t get tired of writing Passat. VW CC, so you don’t get confused about what car you’re driving. VW CC, an almost facelift.
VW CC is an example of a facelift done badly. The Passat CC was already a good-looking car that stands out with its aggressive front and smooth rear lines. What about VW CC? It’s like a Passat CC over which someone dropped a shipping container. It’s far too flat and far too discreet for a “coupe-sport” car. Plus the facelift is tiny, the VW CC being built on the platform of the Passat B7, which is in turn the Passat B6 facelift. But you still have a mature car with very few problems, even if it has lost that style.
The connection between VW CC and VW Phaeton is clearly seen as a design, but it still doesn’t seem to have that dramatic aspect. And with this they shoo away those buyers who want something that doesn’t remind them of the fact that they have 5 more years until they have white hair on their heads and push strollers for children through the parks.
But atleast this VW CC comes with the technology and more options than the Passat on which is based on so you will be at least comfortable in this middle child of the family. The original Passat CC was a fabulous car that broke the mouth of the fair and the Arteon that came after CC again launched a kick into the testicles of the automotive world coming with a more dramatic look than anything VW had done before. So where does the VW CC stand in this whole story? Somewhere in the company excel spreadsheet, like a car that broke something that was already working very well. The interior is taken directly from the Passat B7, the appearance is softened and looks serious, and so then naturally comes the question as to why not buy a normal Passat B7, which costs less and comes with the same features and is essentially the same car?
VW CC engines
- 1.4 TSI 160 horsepower – Slavs can not fathom such a small engine on such a large car, so I will not mention it. Besides, it’s not even a monument of reliability.
- 1.8 TSI 160 horsepower – The same 1.8 TSI from the previous generation, without any major changes. The only notable exception happened in 2014 when the problem of oil consumption was solved, after 500 years in which the owners of Octavia I 1.8T carried oil barrels in their trunks.
- 2.0 TSI 200 and 211 horsepower – Like the “tiny” 1.8 TSI, there are no more problems with oil consumption after 2014. This means that you can have as much fun as your tank allows and not the oil pan.
- 3.6 V6 of 296 horsepower – The last hurrah of this giant that helps the Passat only to understeer. Nobody bought the Passat CC with this engine, so it’s hard to believe that you will find too many VW CC 3.6 V6.
2.0 TDI of 140, 150, 170, 177 and 184 horses – The engines of 140 and 170 are the old ones, Euro 5, and the ones of 150, 177 and 184 horses are Euro 6, if it has any relevance for you. As a notable problem remains the intense wear of the dual mass flywheel, both for the automatic and for the manual.
VW CC general issues
- The DSG automatic transmission is still a more dubious combination than if you drank beer and ate watermelon. You never know when it’s going to hit, and when it’s going to hit, it’s going to be awful. Make sure to change the oil and the filter every 60,000 km and to hope that the Mechatronic will not be damaged. If it breaks, it just changes, it doesn’t get refurbished. The 1.4 and 1.8 TSI petrol plants receive the DSG7 gearbox which is minimally (like Pier Bucci) more reliable than the diesel-mounted DSG6s.
- The first generation of CC was not a champion in the rear space and visibility, but at VW CC all you get as visibility through the rear window is just a small stripe, like the warehouses where you knock on the door and enter after telling the password of a guy who looks like he’s volunteering for kids. Volunteering for children? I think I meant a prisoner who can kill you instantly if you got the wrong password. Legend has it that if you do not opt for parking sensors or reversing camera, the car comes without the reverse gear of the box, as you have nothing to do with it anyway.
VW CC Verdict
It didn’t impress me like the first generation, nor did it kick me in the nads like the Arteon that succeeded him did. It’s there, a facelift that made an interesting car serious. Like that programmer who took an Insignia at the age of 25 and who now wants to move on to something else but wants to keep his appearance. But will he buy the Teutonic stoicism that VW CC represents? Is he ready to give up the image and enter into anonymity? VW CC, how to make a dramatic car look mediocre. Only VW and Audi are capable of such a thing.
What engine do I recommend? As with the previous generation, I recommend the 1.8 TSI 160-horsepower petrol. Now the problems are solved and it transports the VW CC with enough power. No, I don’t recommend diesel engines even now because the era of diesel engines is over and VW CC is more of a style and promenade car, not to munch the miles of the highway. That’s what the Passat B7 is for.