First drive: VW Passat CC

  • Swoopy roof, frameless windows
  • V6 petrol version is tempting
  • 2.0-litre diesel is more sensible
It’s been a good day at the office. The business lunch went well and your clients liked the elegance of your new Passat CC. It’s classy but not showy; professional and restrained. It says all the right things about you.

You could have gone for the standard Passat, but it’s just a little bit dull. With its swoopy roof and frameless windows, the CC is a lot sexier than that.

You were tempted by the range-topping V6 petrol model, with its four-wheel-drive system and smooth semi-auto gearbox. It’s best seen as a brisk, refined cruiser – the feedback-free steering means it isn’t much fun in the corners, and the ride is jiggly around town, even with the adjustable suspension in the softest of its three modes. The punitive running costs put you off most, though. Still, maybe when you get that promotion…

Your 2.0-litre diesel was a much more sensible option. The engine is punchy and hushed, unless you work it hard, and it won’t cost you or your company too much to run. The ride is comfortable (opting for GT spec brought the adjustable suspension) and, some wind noise apart, it’s a refined place to sit.

You’re comfortable in other ways. The driving position is spot-on, the cabin is classy (if a little too similar to the standard Passat’s) and the boot is huge. You don’t want for space up front, either, although rear-seat passengers may find their heads brushing the rooflining.

True, the CC is a four-seater where the Passat will take five, and it’s around £2000 more expensive, but the Passat isn’t as well kitted and won’t impress clients as much. You’ve done well.

Factfile
Price £21,040
On sale Now
Engine size 3.6/2.0 TD
Price from £31,145/£21,895
Power296bhp/138bhp
0-62mph 5.6sec/9.8sec
Top speed 155mph/132mph
Economy 28.0mpg/48.7mpg
CO2 g/km/tax 242/35%/153/21%

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