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Published on April 6th, 2010 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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VW Passat CC Tested

By nature family or executive sedans have conservative styling and in this respect the all new VW Passat CC defies the convention as it attracts attention from other road users, car park visitors and even luxury sedan drivers. The Passat CC’s styling leans more to coupe convention than real cutting edge as the CLS from Mercedes started the revolution of sedans moving towards coupe like profiles with winning sales and global attention from other manufacturers. You will see a near-level shoulder character line from front lights to rear and none of the elliptical window and roof lines becoming ever more popular. A rib section below the doors to add style and deflect debris is cleanly integrated. The roof is curved, yielding a decent-size sunroof, headroom all around, and rear side door openings push the boundary of accessibility for taller passengers but we are in Asia and we are not looking for basketball players to buy this executive sports sedan. Compared to the sedans in this segment the Passat CC is a breath of fresh air.

The Passat CC looks compact on the outside but it is large on the inside, suggesting an space-efficient design. Despite its relatively small outside dimensions, the Passat CC trails the competitors like the 3 series, A4 and C-Class only in headroom. High quality leather trim, aluminum trim around the shifter and center switch panel, metal pedals, and a clear instrument display offer a wonderful cabin experience.

The leather appears rugged and long wearing rather than supple and baby soft and the upper interior panels are black to minimize reflections. Lower doors and trim pieces are hard plastic, easy to clean and reflect a product that should be a higher price. The front seats are thick and supportive with the rear seats nicely contoured for 2 adults.

The four-cylinder turbocharged Passat CC has more than enough power for virtually any occasion and is quicker than most in its class.This TSi engine is remarkable in its ability to push the Passat CC forward with vigour over the outgoing Passat. The vehicle’s driving performance is impressive with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. This is all good news for buyers looking at more performance without paying a high asking price whilst allowing for their ‘coupe’ to be used a family or business vehicle when necessary. In traffic it is easy to ease in and out of lanes and its bump and pothole absorption is good like all VW products, even with the wide low profile tyres. The Passat CC is fitted with sexy new multi spoke 18-inch alloy wheels which are shod with wide 225/40 R 18 tyres in the front and 255/35 R 18 tyres at the rear. It comes with a six-speed slick shifting gearbox that’s easy to use and gets the best out of the four-cylinder engine. There is also a full suite of electronic handling aids led by the latest stability system to helpwhen necessary, but this is rarely necessary because safety features are high in this package with airbags for all passengers.

This Passat CC works well as a sports sedan and even as a solid family sedan transport with comfortable space for four. Its TFSI four-cylinder engine is among the class leaders in output and efficiency, the ride and handling more than capable, and the packaging shows smaller outside doesn’t mean smaller inside. It has the best build, warranty and features in the segment and, feature for feature it costs significantly less than its segment rivals.

VW Passat CC TSI SpecificationEngine: 4-cylinder DOHC TurboDisplacement: 1984ccMax power: 200bhp @ 5100-6000rpmMax torque: 280Nm @ 1700-5000rpmTransmission: 6-speed automatic
Top speed: 232km/h
0-100km/h: 7.8seconds
Price: RM238,000.00


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