CC R-Line 2.0 TDI BlueMotion 177PS DSG
the web, short memorable
names are the most desirable.
And in the automotive world its
no different. Think of the car
names that come to mind the
quickest; evocative names such
TT... But are
you familiar with CC?
'CC' WAS ONCE a longer name, preceded and somewhat restrictively
defined by 'Passat'. A Volkswagen, then. But not the conservatively-styled
saloon you're perhaps thinking of, but a long, low and rakishly-lean, five-seater,
four-door coupe-style saloon.
And when we say 'rakishly-lean' we mean svelte, upmarket styling that stands
genuine comparison with a Mercedes Coupe but for much less money.
The R-Line 2.0 TDI CC we've been swanning around in for the past week costs
under £32K. Not only that but it comes laden with quality kit and safety stuff
that also makes it excellent value for money.
From the assertive tip of its quality chrome grille, flanked by LED daytime
running lights and underscored by the purposeful R-Line bumper styling, the
CC presents a premium look. Running above a high belt-line, its low sweeping
roofline flows down over the rear screen between sleek LED tail lights. Finished
in Candy White (a special paint finish costing just £255), it's an imposing
piece of automotive architecture.
interior follows through on the style front in fact the entire
cabin exudes an ambience that's every bit as good as what you'll find inside
a BMW, Mercedes-Benz or even an Audi.
The CCs cabin
exudes an ambience
thats every bit as good
as what youll find
inside a BMW,
Mercedes-Benz or even
Swing open the driver's door and slide in behind the wheel. The bolstered front
sports seats look fabulously inviting; upholstered in two-tone red and black
Nappa leather, with ribbed centre panels, they're every bit as comfy as they
appear. The driver gets power adjustment (including lumbar) while both front
seats come with height adjustment plus three-stage heating.
Likeable touches include the refrigerated glovebox, the large lidded bin just
behind the selector lever that converts into cupholders when required, front
headrests which expand forwards in four stages, and the 3D SatNav mapping with
well-timed spoken directions supported by split-screen graphics that make it
very hard to go wrong!
And it's an easy cabin to acclimatise to: along with a fine driving position,
all of the controls are straightforward and easy to use; and the beautifully
clear dials and driver's information screen can all be read in a glance. Scrolling
through the on-board computer is done using a button on the steering wheel,
which, by the by, comes with grippy perforated 'work areas' and well-shaped
thumb cut-outs and is great to hold and use.
Equipment levels are very good with touchscreen SatNav / digital radio / CD
with 8 speakers, SD card reader, Aux-in plus USB and iPod connection cables,
analogue clock, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, drive-away auto
locking, Bluetooth, auto wipes and lights, 2Zone electronic climate control,
brushed satin aluminium trim to the doors, centre stack and full-width fascia,
height-adjustable front seatbelts, electronic parking brake (with auto-hold
function and hill hold control), heated power-adjustable door mirrors, electric
windows (all four are one-shot up/down), on-board computer, tyre pressure indicator,
auto-dimming rearview mirror, heat insulating glass, and a R-Line leather-trimmed,
flat-bottomed, multifunction steering wheel.
Safety kit is also well specced and includes a driver fatigue detection system,
full airbag coverage, stability and traction control systems, self-sealing tyres,
xenon headlights with LED running lights, dynamic curve lighting and headlamp
washers, and front fog lights with static cornering function.
CC's rear cabin accommodation is equally pleasant and, like the front, access
is through large, wide-opening doors with frameless windows.
A weeks motoring
over 500 miles of urban
and country roads saw
our BlueMotion CC
Going by that, the big
should be within reach
of the average driver
on long runs ...
Three adults can be seated in the back although two is a far more comfortable
number as they can then put the wide centre armrest and two cupholders to good
use. Despite the swooping roofline there's headroom for passengers under six
feet tall; and they do get limousine grade legroom and kneeroom. Tellingly,
it's an easy place to doze off in.
The capacious boot there's an optional hands-free foot-operated
boot opening release activated by waggling your foot under the bumper
has 532 litres of space for your 'stuff'. It's long and wide and welcomes serious
luggage such as
the covetable two-weeker classic aluminium Rimowa
baggage favoured by the jet-set.
Lightly pull on a lever in the boot and the 60:40-split rear seatbacks fold
down for those occasional large loads. Should you need to tow, then you'll be
impressed that the CC can pull a braked 2,000kg. And if you're unfortunate enough
to suffer a puncture there's a silver lining: the CC carries a full size spare
When it comes to powerplants the CC is very democratic, offering petrol or diesel
power in the engine bay. Petrol units offer 157 or 207bhp; turbodiesels are
138 and 174bhp. Tested here is the 2.0-litre turbodiesel, putting out 174bhp
(177PS) alongside 280lb ft of torque at 1,750rpm.
This highly-efficient BlueMotion version officially emits 137g/km of CO2 and
returns 54.3mpg in the combined cycle (45.6 urban and 61.4mpg extra-urban).
A week's motoring over 500 miles of urban and country roads saw a commendable
average of 53.3mpg. Going by that, the big Six-Oh should be within reach of
the average driver on long runs.
The fuel-saving BlueMotion technology also includes a self-effacing stop-start
system so efficient you'll hardly know it's there. Likewise the
excellent six-speed DSG automatic transmission (with steering wheel-mounted
paddles) with its fast, smooth downshifts that make the CC seem far quicker
than the paper figures state. Noticeably so when in the DSG's Sport mode. A
good job then that the brakes are powerful and progressive with decent feel
through the pedal.
they make a very nice pair, the four-cylinder 1,968cc TDI and the DSG transmission;
driven hard-and-fast or crawling though heavy traffic, the dual-clutch autobox
guarantees a relaxing drive.
Select Sport damping and youll enjoy some
spirited driving particularly handy on less-travelled backroads
with well tied-down body control and crisp turn-in from the
sensitive power-assisted steering...
The turbodiesel itself is refined and powerful and more than happy to rev, proving
to be unruffled even when your right foot calls up some sudden foot-to-the-floor
acceleration. Not that it ever feels short of punch lower down the rev range.
Ask, and it will nip to 62mph in 8.4 seconds; give it the road and it will run
all the way up to 139mph while playing the mile-eating motorway express with
Under the skin the CC has some nifty driver-aiding features. First and foremost,
the 2.0 TDI model comes with VW's XDS electronic differential which pro-actively
enhances traction as it lays down the power through the front wheels, delivering
more engaging handling when cornering. Added to that there's a sports suspension
set-up and Dynamic Chassis Control the driver can choose between
Normal, Comfort and Sport modes.
Select Sport damping (press the button alongside the DSG selector lever) and
you'll enjoy some spirited driving handy on twisty, less-travelled
backroads with well tied-down body control and crisp turn-in from
the well-weighted, speed-sensitive power-assisted steering that will take the
CC where you point it.
As the name implies, Comfort makes for relaxing long-haul journeys. Even with
its 15ft 9in bodywork, 15mm-lowered 'sports' ride height and 18-inch alloys,
the clever dampers keep the ride impressively compliant and the well-insulated
cabin remains library-quiet at speed. All-in-all the CC is a car you can travel
in for hours and at journey's end climb out not feeling the least bit fatigued.
So what's in a name? If it's 'CC', a lot. With no direct rivals and the kerbside
and on-the-move presence of a Mercedes-Benz boosted by a desirable cabin that
makes driver and passengers alike feel special, the CC is a stylish and stand-out
alternative to any four-door executive saloon.
Volkswagen CC R-Line 2.0 TDI BlueMotion 177PS DSG
Maximum speed: 139mph | 0-62mph: 8.4 seconds | Test Average: 53.3mpg
Power: 174bhp | Torque: 280lb ft | CO2 137g/km