I took delivery of my Passat CC on New Year's Eve, 2010, five months after ordering it. This classy motor was well worth the wait, however, offering standards of ride, handling, and refinement light years ahead of the disappointing Audi A4 I also tested. Most of my cars have been rewarding to drive, but this is the first one for a long time that I'd drive purely for the sake of it. It's very quiet, has ample power on tap, while VW's class-leading DSG auto box is silky-smooth. In GT trim, the car probably had more equipment as standard than I would ever really need, but I added reverse park-assist plus Dynaudio sound, both of which are very impressive. Honourable mention also to Pulman Volkswagen, Sunderland, who gave me the royalty treatment throughout and kept me fully informed of delays at the factory... as a result of which I at least got the very latest spec car with a slightly face-lifted interior that was a subtle improvement over the car I'd tested. Also, the navigation system on my car would only accept the dreaded five-digit post-codes, but when I recently discovered that full post-code search has been available since before my car was delivered, I got the upgrade at no cost. Again, full marks for service. My only gripe is that, having done just over ten thousand miles in around fourteen months, the car already needs new front tyres. The ContiSeals it came with aren't cheap at around two-hundred-and-fifty quid a throw, so I'm switching to Dunlop Sportmaxx GTs.
Kevin Snowdon, February 12th 2012