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Best all-rounder in Passat CC range is a stylish, yet practical alternative to a BMW 3-series saloon

What is it?

The most frugal version of VW’s handsome Passat CC. The four-door Mercedes CLS-inspired is based on the underpinnings of the previous-generation Passat and this BlueMotion Technology version is part of a subtle realignment of the model’s engine and trim options for 2011.

So in this GT BlueMotion Technology trim, the Passat CC is powered by a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI engine, which helps contribute to impressive combined economy and CO2 figures of 60.1mpg and 125g/km for a car of its size. And being part of VW’s BlueMotion range, it gets the usual fuel-saving tech including stop-start and an intelligent alternator.

What’s it like?

Looks are subjective, but to my eyes the Passat CC holds great visual appeal both inside and out even before you push the key into its dashboard slot to start it. The plush leather front seats are comfortable and look suitably luxurious, although the dashboard’s design will be familiar to anyone who’s ever spent time in a VW Group product.

When you do get out on the road, it’s a competent performer. Performance from the turbodiesel engine is reasonable, rather than outstanding, although you’re rarely left wanting more. The six-speed manual gearbox has ratios that are nicely spaced and ideally suited to motorway cruises.

Indeed, this is one car where the official combined economy figure is easily in reach if driven with a bit of consideration. We achieved an average of 57mpg on our 300-mile test route, with 64mpg being displayed on the trip computer on one section of motorway.

Around town, the stop-start system is unobtrusive, although you’d be better served speccing the six-speed DSG auto’ model if you can sacrifice some of the economy, as this gearbox is better suited to a car of the Passat CC’s character, particularly in traffic.

Problems? Well, the ride is the most prominent one. Although comfortable at higher speeds, more abrasive surfaces at low speeds have a tendency to be made even worse by the large 18-inch alloys clad in 235/40 tyres.

It’s also not the most engaging car to drive, its chassis feeling its age. It does feel sharper to drive than even the latest VW Passat, although it’s someway off the engagement levels of the BMW 3-series.


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Should I buy one?

Even three-years after its introduction, this is a segment the VW Passat CC almost has to itself. The new Mercedes CLS is larger and almost double the price, while swoopy saloons-come-hatchbacks including the Vauxhall Insignia and upcoming Hyundai i40 lack the style and sophistication the Passat CC exudes.

It may not be as dynamic or practical as a BMW 3-series saloon, but it’s an interesting alternative nonetheless.

VW Passat CC BlueMotion Technology

Price: £25,780; Top speed: 132mph; 0-62mph: 9.8sec; Economy: 60.1mpg; CO2: 125g/km; Kerb weight: 1550kg; Engine: 4cyls, 198cc, turbodiesel; Power: 138bhp at 4200rpm; Torque: 236lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox: 6spd manual

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21 July 2011

Good car, but starting to perhaps get a little expensive for what it is.

21 July 2011

Another ex 4 seat car now a 5. As per the A5 Sportback, proves VAG got their original market research wrong. Still one of the nicer looking cars on the road - something a bit different.

21 July 2011

Probably the best looking family car that's affordable, bar the 159 ti in my opinion.

21 July 2011

I think this is a great looking car which, up close, has some very nice details, such as the rear lights. How much longer, though, before it receives a version of the VW corporate front end?

21 July 2011

Possibly one of the most desirable cars in VW's range and a car I'd pick over the current series CLS.

For the money, I am genuinely surprised that I haven't seen more on the road.

21 July 2011

True: they have a really good look, both inside and out, and seem to be pretty well screwed together. I would consider one if I were looking for a new 4-door saloon.

22 July 2011

This is definately up there with the Golf GTi in the desirability stakes in the VW range.The new version when it comes will be bland like all the current VW range i fear.

22 July 2011

[quote Flash Harry]This is definately up there with the Golf GTi in the desirability stakes in the VW range.[/quote] and cheaper/more practical than the Golf. Always found this model to be one of the best value in the VW range so dont understand people who criticise it for being a bit too expensive?

22 July 2011

I still get a sense of occasion as i approach mine from a distance taking in all the design features.

I have to agreee] about the 18" tyres though. The wheels look great but it causes it to roar a bit on the road.

I hope they don't mess its looks up too much in the facelift...

22 July 2011

Nice and unusual company car choice...... Or are they simply rare because delivery times are 9 months plus and people can't be bothered?


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