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VW's elegant CC driven

2009-07-27 08:27
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Model CC
Engine 2.0 TSI
Power 147kW @ 5100 - 6000r/min
Torque 280Nm @ 1700 - 5000r/min
Transmission 6-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 7.6 seconds
Top Speed 237
Fuel Tank 70l
Fuel Consumption 8.5l/100km
Tyres Self-sealing Mobility tyres
Front Suspension Mc Pherson struts
Rear Suspension Multi-link rear axle
Service Intervals 15 000 km
Warranty 3 year / 120 000 km warranty
Price From R353 900 - R451 260

Sergio Davids

The Volkswagen CC is the first four-door coupé by VW.

Unveiled as the Performance CC concept at the Detroit Motor Show in 2008, the design displayed a fresh creative direction for VW. It also showed that VW was prepared to take risks and create capable of raising a few eyebrows. And the finished product doesn’t disappoint.

CC stands for "Comfort Coupe" and four-door coupé is longer, broader and lower than the Passat sedan. What this translates to is a vehicle that is more aerodynamic and handles better than the conventional sedan it is based on.

VW touts the CC as “anything but mainstream”, and seeing it up close we tend to agree as its accentuated, fluid design instantly grabs attention.

By contrast, the driving experience is a lot more subdued, though…


The VW CC comes in three derivatives: two petrol engines (147-kW 2.0 TSI and 220-kW 3.2 V6 FSI) and a diesel engine (125-kW 2.0 TDI).

Despite harrowing weather conditions, we managed to get behind the wheel of the 2.0l TSI manual model at its launch in Port Elizabeth.

The VW CC is powered by a turbocharged 147 kW (at 5 100 r/min) 2.0-litre TSI engine that delivers 280 Nm of torque from 1 700 to 5 000 r/min.  

Aside from the manual six-speed gearbox, a six-speed Tiptronic transmission is also available. The TSI sprints to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds (7.8 seconds for the Tiptronic model) up a top speed of 237 km/h.

Its fuel consumption is quoted at 8.5 l/100 km.

Driving the CC isn’t very thrilling, but the firm suspension and superb handling makes for a comfortable ride. There’s plenty of power on offer, gear changes are silky-smooth and the CC handles like a dream.

You're likely to feel there’s no need to rush when you’re at the wheel, but plant your foot and you’re rewarded with power delivered in a measured, refined fashion.


True to its billing as a "comfort coupe", the CC's cabin is stylish, sophisticated and elegant.

The interior is decked out in aluminum and wood paneling that is complemented by a subtle ambient lighting system and controls that are well laid out.

Most manufacturers appear to spend ages on cars' exterior appearances without paying much attention to the interior. This is not the case with the CC as it delivers an overwhelming array of features.

“CC” could easily stand for “creature comforts”. Equipment ranges from the adequate such as climate control and Nappa leather seats, to the opulent, such as ventilated seats and a parking assistance system that helps you park your CC at the push of a button.

Optional features include bi-xenon headlights with a curve lighting system and a touch screen sat nav system equipped a 20gig hard drive that allows you to store MP3s, update maps and even allows video playback. For drum-and-bass enthusiasts (or the hard of hearing), the CC uses a 600 Watt Dynaudio sound system.

Overall, the Comfort Coupe provides a package providing stylish looks, coupled with eager power delivery and a generous helping of features.

Its pricing, design and spec make it a viable option for style-conscious drivers who just can’t afford the extra finance needed for a Mercedes-Benz CLS.

And for those taken by fancy tech, the CC also sees VW’s introduction of self-sealing tyres. These tyres contain a viscous fluid that will seal a puncture up to 5 mm in diameter. These tyres come standard across the CC range.

The new VW CC range comes standard with a five-year/100 000 km AutoMotion maintenance plan, three-year/120 000 km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.


2.0 TDI DSG (125 kW)         R348 745

2.0 TSI Manual (147 kW)        R353 900

2.0 TSI Tiptronic (147 kW)          R365 400

3.6 V6 FSI 4Motion DSG (220 kW)         R451 260


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