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The Volkswagen CC is not quite as pretty as it's predecessors but still superior to the Passat

Keen to distance the swoopy four-door from its more conservative sibling, the Volkswagen CC now does without the Passat moniker. But while the name has changed, the car isn't radically different.

The looks have been brought up to date with VW's new trademark headlight and bumper arrangement, and there's an improvement in the amount of equipment fitted as standard, most noticeably a three-seat bench, rather than two individual seats.

In dropping the Passat part of the name, the CC has moved upmarket

The badge may have changed, but the CC is a comfortable, quiet, relaxing mile-eater that places the emphasis on refinement above all else, like the model it replaces.

Engine options include a 148bhp 1.4 TSI on the petrol side, with a 2.0 TDI with either 148bhp or 181bhp offered for diesel buyers. 2017 will see a new generation of the CC join the market, with this generation leaning heavily on the design cues of the Sport Coupé GTE concept, rather than the Passat's.

 

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