Volkswagen Passat CC TDI

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Volkswagen Passat CC


Handsome and the Passat CC appeals to more just the usual Volkswagen

Volkswagen Passat CC TDI


Price as tested: $62,490 metallic/pearl effect paint satnav $2500, rear-view $600, Park Assist Adaptive Cruise Control/Front $2000 and Active Climate front seats $500)


Price, Packaging and 2.5/5.0

Safety: 2.5/5.0

the wheel: 3.0/5.0


Never mind the Mercedes-Benz the car most closely approaching the Passat CC TDI for form and function is fairly ancient S60. The reason the Volvo isn’t as a competitor to the VW is because it’s to be history and doesn’t offer a engine option. But in its style and the Volvo might have the very inspiration for Volkswagen’s variation on the Passat theme.

up, the Passat CC is one of the most finely blends of style and practicality we can Of the competitors suggested above, a few are and most are not as modish, but none can a candle to the Volkswagen for tying the conflicting design criteria. doesn’t mean the Passat CC is of course.

While the styling of the car is its virtue, there are some to be made in exchange for the Volkswagen’s

For one, the boot doesn’t as useable as it might be (although it extend forward quite way). It’s a little than you might expect and the rear flanks seem to eaten into the boot — plus the floor is to accommodate AWD drivetrain components.

the styling does away what some might the slightly ill-proportioned looks of the Passat, the CC’s rising makes it harder for the under-height to see out the side windows. In a ‘pincer the lower roofline requires (not just adults) to their heads while the car.

Fashion also obstructs the view of traffic lights at crossings. Nor is the field of vision to the beyond reproach and the (optional) camera and acoustic parking are almost imperative.

There’s leg and knee-room in the two-seater rear, the driver’s seat is set at a reasonable from the wheel for average-sized but taller drivers’ requirements encroach on the available room in the And headroom in the rear is borderline for and taller teens.

By contrast, the of headroom for the front-seat passengers is given the lower roofline, but be wary of specifying a sunroof if a bit taller. The test car wasn’t with one, so we can’t further on that.

For fit and finish, the CC TDI pushes the envelope for a car of this and value — in the right The Volkswagen gets the sort of that just beg you to reach out and them. There’s the cloth on the pillars and the very soft of the seats, to give two examples.

designers have accomplished really remarkable with the they’re enveloping, comfortable and They’re like the best of worlds; somewhere between and European preferences.

Overall, the offers a very ‘clean’ layout but not one that’s stark. The is familiar and most of the jiggers are to use. Learning how they won’t take much out of your day.

Generally the driving position is quickly to suit a wide range of physiques and the instruments and controls despite being a little — are clear to read and

One becomes aware very particularly when using the Satnav and trip computer, how one comes to rely on the central between speedo and tacho. the satellite navigation working, the will provide such information as ETA, distance to next destination along the etc. This LED display frequently flashes up warnings if using the (optional) Adaptive Control (ACC) and approaching a car at a that leaves insufficient distance.

Gotta make a of mentions concerning the satnav and the ACC at point… On a long trip up the we quickly discovered that the ‘town’ named Sidonia is not in the navigation system’s mapping No big deal, since nobody’s heard of Sidonia anyway including the bloke running the in Kyneton, barely ten minutes away!

Another consideration the navigation system was that the prompts may not always align the route displayed in the LCD located in the fascia.

Instructed by the satnav prompt to bear left on to C318, we prepared to continue ahead, because a road indicated that route continued in a straight line. The map on the other hand, prompted us to left on to what the road indicated was route C793. the voice prompt was wrong or the sign was.

The adaptive system is fantastic. There’s no word for it. With the system set to a speed of 100km/h, the car progressively speed behind a truck as it a freeway, turned at the end of the exit onto an arterial road and moved across into a lane.

The Volkswagen maintained station the truck, with the DSG shifting gears as and when required. As the reached standstill, so did the Volkswagen, the driver using the brake once! Granted, there are cars that offer type of feature, but how many for the price as the Volkswagen?

The Passat CC TDI with other gadgets impressed with the way they about their duties. The lights that dimmed as the car straightened up from its turn, for

The bi-xenon headlights cast a and well-adjusted beam on the low setting, and not the disparity between low and high-beam you experience in some cars. You feel blinded after traffic has passed and the lights are on low.

The frameless windows seal when the doors and unseal slightly when the car is

A few features achieved their ends with varying of success. The electronic parking is a useful thing to have, the placement of the button to operate it is at odds with convention, on the dash to the right of the steering

Owners will appreciate the audio system and the LCD touch to change radio stations, but not be so keen on the ignition key that has to be in place until the engine It’s not a major design you just have to develop the of holding the key in place. A one-touch would be better.

Once the is up and running, it’s quiet, but by diesel standards. Of the noise entering the cabin, wind, and driveline were equally fault’ — the Passat CC is a quiet car, actually.

and willing to rev to 5000rpm, the turbodiesel returned an average fuel figure of just 6.5L/100km. included two or three days of commuting, some first-gear traffic in the Melbourne suburb of during the first Saturday of the Air Show, faster open-road on 110km/h-limited freeways and some testing. This seems an outrageously good figure for a car presents very much as a family car for the executive type still two or three decades from retirement.

The 2.0 turbodiesel is matched to the six-speed DSG transmission.

We’re fans of clever trannie but there’s a of traps for young players. If you want it to work like an you better enable the Auto-hold to ensure the brakes hold the car on until one of the clutches lets from the engine slip the transmission to the drive wheels. You can enable the electronic parking on every hill, but Auto is just that much

And because the clutch separates the from the transmission at idle, isn’t quite immediately on as is the case with a conventional and its torque converter. As a consequence, the DSG box from a standing start. On the the Passat CC TDI appears to offer the of performance potential to take a Falcon, but the Ford would get the for the first 20 metres or so.

Volkswagen a seemingly endless variety of transmission modes. You can use the car as you would a automatic — just it in Drive with occasional to Neutral, Reverse and Park. If a bit more adventurous, you can occasionally gear manually with the left in Drive, but shifting of the paddles on either side of the wheel.

If you’re more to the whole DIY concept, you can shift the to the left and shift up or down

To top it all off, if you like your DIY to offer the ultimate in sporting you can pull the lever back the Drive position to Sport and the will act as a sports-enabled auto.

Oh and you can use the paddles!

Once off the straight and the Passat CC’s steering can be inconsistent; acceptable at higher in flowing corners, it’s missing in action in the tighter As compensation though, the Passat CC has good turn-in, even power applied. The car’s is what you might call and there’s plenty of grip.

has equipped the Passat CC with Chassis Control, a system adjusts the car’s damping and also modifies the level of steering assistance, although it has to be that’s less apparent the similar system offered by in the A4.

It’s an adaptive system, means that whatever the setting selected by the driver are three of them), the system optimise and balance ride and handling to suit the prevailing The three modes are ‘Normal’, and ‘Comfort’. Changes to ride are offset by roadholding and body depending on the mode selected and as already mentioned — if the attempts to take a corner at speed while the car’s in comfort mode, the system tighten up the damping adaptively.

At no during our test of the Passat CC other than on one section of when the car’s Adaptive Control was running in Comfort did the Volkswagen’s body control less than poised in The system’s Normal mode is and almost always be the ideal for most drivers.

In Sport mode the Passat CC is a competent car from point to but Normal mode will 99 per cent of what the car can do in the harder-riding

That’s the one drawback of the Sport — and why you’d most stick with the Normal there’s not that much but the Passat jiggles a bit, on freeways, when it’s set in mode.

By comparison, in both and Normal settings, the car will glide over secondary-level imperfections. If you want the ultimate over larger bumps and the Comfort mode is the setting of

The Passat provides high of active safety. On just one did the ABS and stability control intervene the seven days the car was in our possession. ABS on a downhill section of bitumen a hard left-hander at the bottom and left a bit later than

It was apparent right from the we picked up the Passat CC that are attracted by its sleek styling. To credit, while you may need to some concessions to live the styling, the concessions are not typically ones. Combine the look of the car the way it performs, and the fact that a leadfoot will squeeze out of half a tank of fuel (in fair comfort and safety) and you to ask yourself, why wouldn’t you buy it?

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Published. Friday, 1 May 2009

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