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  • Launched in 2012
  • Premium
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2012
  • Body type
    Premium
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Sleek, roomy four-door coupe

Best bits

  •  Swoopy looks
  •  Strong petrol engines
  •  Generous equipment

Not so great

  • Bland handling
  • Rear seats for two in reality
  • Boot access

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Volkswagen CC Front Side View

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Volkswagen CC Driver's Seat

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Volkswagen CC Rear Side View

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Volkswagen CC Front View

How much does it cost to run

Volkswagen CC Rear View

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Overall verdict on the Volkswagen CC

"Volkswagen dropped the Passat part of the CC’s name when the new model pitched up in 2012. This was a deliberate attempt to distance the four-door coupe model from its more humdrum mainstream sister, yet buyers remain unconvinced."

Volkswagen CC Front Side View

While Volkswagen may have been embarrassed by the CC’s Passat origins, that generation of Passat was one of the most capable family cars of its period. It follows the CC is also very able and it comes with a welcome extra sporting glint in its headlight thanks to its looks and the way it drives.


The engine range comprised 1.8-litre TSI 160PS or 2.0-litre TSI 210PS petrols and a 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel with either 140PS, 170PS and 184PS. Each version of the TDI was offered with fuel saving BlueMotion Technology. Plus, all models with 170PS or more have an XDS differential as standard. This is the same system that features on the Golf GTI and uses the electronic traction control system to improve cornering and traction. 


Of course, the most obvious expression of this sporty nature is the CC’s coupe styling. Unlike other car makers that use the CC moniker to denote a coupe-cabriolet model, the Volkswagen CC is very much a fixed roof machine. It has four doors, in the same mould as the Mercedes CLS or BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.


The CC's front cabin is very similar to the contemporary Passat’s, which is no bad thing as it’s precisely laid out and well made. The rear has frameless doors just like the front pair and they open to reveal a back seat with only two proper seats and very slim centre pew. This limits versatility to some degree, but then coupe buyers are less likely to have that as a top priority. Read headroom is not as good as the Passat saloon’s, but it’s certainly not poor. There’s also a decent boot, so the CC makes a sound case for itself.


All models come with touchscreen sat nav, DAB digital radio, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, two-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels and xenon headlights. Again, this gives the CC a good slice of buyer appeal.


It may not be as sharp to drive as a BMW 3 Series Gran Coupe or Audi A5, which are the CC’s closet real world rivals, but it’s decent value, easy to live with and cheap to run. The Vollkswagen CC was effectively replaced by the Volkswagen Arteon in 2017.

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Volkswagen CC

2.0 TDI 150 BlueMotion Tech GT 4dr DSG

  • 2016
  • 52,291 miles
  • Motorchoice Dundee
  • Angus, DD24SU
Price:£11,200
HP: £304.85/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £304.85, Customer Deposit: £1,680.00, Total Deposit: £1,680.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,454.60, Total Amount Payable: £12,654.60, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.9%

Is the Volkswagen CC right for you?

If you need more than four seats in your car, the Volkswagen CC is not for you. While not a strict four-seater, the middle pew in the back is so slender and uncomfortable it might as well not be there. Think of it as more of a get-you-home option if you really have to take three across the back bench.


Rear headroom is not as tight as you might imagine given the CC’s sloping coupe styling, so it does work as a family car for Mum, Dad and the two kids. There’s even a decent boot when you open the lid and the rear seats can be divided 60-40 to tumble forwards and free up even more space.


With only one body style to choose from, the decision is down to whether you prefer the standard model or the upscale GT version. The GT gained heated front seats, full Nappa leather upholstery, three-mode adaptive chassis control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and rear privacy glass. An R Line model was added later on with adaptive headlights.

What’s the best Volkswagen CC model/engine to choose?

When it comes to which trim level of Volkswagen CC we’d look for, it’s a bit of a no-brainer to focus in on the GT specification. While the standard model is well kitted out and comfortable, the GT gains all-round parking sensors that are a real boon due to the CC’s high-waisted rear end. You also get leather upholstery, cruise control and an adaptive chassis in the GT that makes it more sporty to drive.


When it comes to engines, there are three petrol and two diesels to pick from. Turbodiesel power is dealt with by 140-, 170- and 184PS versions of the usual 2.0-litre TDI motor. The least and most powerful motors have the choice of six-speed manual or DSG automatic gearboxes, while the 170PS unit only comes with the DSG self-shifter.


Don’t discount either of the petrol engines as the 160PS 1.8 TSI is very well suited to the CC and the 210PS 2.0-litre is lifted from the Golf GTI. This latter unit gives the CC the performance it needs to live up to the looks, taking care of 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds on the way to a 150mph top speed. It’s the one we’d have.


There is also the 150PS 1.4-litre turbo- and supercharged petrol. However, it misses the XDS electronic front differential of the more powerful models.

What other cars are similar to the Volkswagen CC?

The two most direct rivals for the Volkswagen CC are the Audi A5 Sportback and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Both make the same attempt to offer coupe looks and four-door practicality as the Volkswagen and have the same compromises too. However, this pair have a more prestige image than the CC and the BMW is easily the best of the three to drive.


You might also consider the Volvo S60 as a more upmarket family saloon and it’s available with engines that range from the very frugal to the downright fast.

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Volkswagen CC Driver's Seat

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Volkswagen CC Rear Side View

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Volkswagen CC Front View

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Volkswagen CC Rear View

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the difference between VW Passat and CC?

Essentially the only difference is in the design. The CC was originally launched as the Passat CC before Volkswagen dropped the name of the less glamorous model. They share a lot of technology and the interior layout is similar, but the CC has a smaller boot and less space.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

Does Volkswagen still make the CC?

No. Although the Arteon is the natural successor, Volkswagen officially ceased production of the CC back in 2017 after two generations. Of course it is still for sale on the used market.

David Ross

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David Ross

What does the CC in the name stand for?

Volkswagen said the badge stood for ‘Comfort Coupe’ since the lowered roof is supposed to make this four-door appear more like a two-door coupe. It’s certainly comfortable to drive.

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Is the Volkswagen CC a good car?

A pretty design really helped turn the sensible Passat into an object of automotive desire, and the CC was a more affordable alternative to premium brands, that was better equipped. It’s not the best car for family buyers, but the diesels make a great option for business users.

Dan Powell

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