COM­FORT­ZONE

VW’S four-door coupe is a Pas­sat with panache

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive - STU­ART MARTIN stu­art.martin@cars­guide.com.au

There’s lit­tle sur­prise that the global masses have rushed to splash out on Volk­swa­gen’s stylish Pas­sat CC

‘‘ YOU can’t say no, just say CCs’’— a corny line from an even cornier chip ad, but that’s where Volk­swa­gen is head­ing with the four-door coupe ver­sion of its new Pas­sat.

More than 320,000 peo­ple glob­ally have handed over their hard-earned to get a taste of the most svelte mem­ber of the Pas­sat fam­ily.

Pre­vi­ously that was not a dif­fi­cult ac­co­lade to achieve as the rest of the range didn’t ex­actly push the edge of the styling and de­sign en­ve­lope.

VALUE

The new CC (it stands for Com­fort Coupe) range will re­main a two-model line-up— the 125TDI front-drive model (which is 60 per cent of CC sales here) will kick off pro­ceed­ings at an un­changed start­ing price of $54,990, de­spite equip­ment up­grades, in­clud­ing the driver fa­tigue de­tec­tion sys­tem, the re­vers­ing cam­era and sat­nav. The fea­tures list has dual-zone cli­mate con­trol (with rear vents), Blue­tooth phone and au­dio link, the afore­men­tioned touch­screen satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and 8-speaker infotainment sys­tem with aux­il­iary in­put, 18-inch al­loy wheels, bi-xenon head­lamps, auto-dip­ping mir­rors inside and out, fold­ing and heated ex­ter­nal mir­rors and a leather- wrapped steer­ing wheel with au­dio, phone and trip com­puter con­trols.

The CC V6 sells for an un­changed $64,990 and for that gets a dif­fer­ent 18-inch wheel and the all-wheel drive sys­tem.

TECH­NOL­OGY

The new Volk­swa­gen CC will again have the choice of a 125kw/350nm two-litre tur­bod­iesel, or the 220kw/ 350Nm V6 petrol engine in the Awd model; both have sixspeed DSG trans­mis­sions.

The diesel gets what vw calls the Bluemo­tion fuel-saver sys­tems, in­clud­ing start-stop, a coast­ing de-cou­pling func­tion on the gear­box and a brake en­ergy bat­tery recharge func­tion as stan­dard equip­ment, while the V6 petrol model gets only the brake en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tem.

The diesel’s out­puts are un­changed at 125kw and 350Nm, enough to push the TDI model to 100km/h in 8.6 sec­onds but lay claim to 5.7 litres/100km.

The V6 petrol model’s awd sys­tem runs at 90 per cent front in nor­mal driv­ing, us­ing the rear wheels when re­quired by means of a num­ber of sen­sors,

Nice lines: The CC is the most svelte mem­ber of the Pas­sat fam­ily

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