Wednesday, March 18, 2015

5k: Turbo 6-Speed Manual: 2010 Volkswagen Passat CC

In 2008 Volkswagen introduced a reskinned 4-door fastback version of their high volume mid sized Passat family sedan.  It was called the CC, and I haven't the foggiest what CC means, but I can say that it doesn't mean Crappy Car.  On the used market the CC offers a surprisingly Audi-like driving experience for Kia-esq prices and today's example sports a turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual gearbox.  Find this 2010 Volkswagen Passat CC currently bidding for $4,100 here on eBay with a few hours to go, located in Carteret, NJ.

The CC was an attempt by Volkswagen to make a sporty looking fastback version of the Passat for the baby boomer crowd, sort of a poor man's Mercedes-Benz CLS/Audi A7/BMW 5-series GT. With an MSRP above $40k, the CC slotted above a well optioned Passat, but below the Phaeton. This one has a salvaged title, but bidding is really light right now -- could be an opportunity to pick up a nice daily driver with 69k miles for cheap.

Earlier Passats were powered by the coil pack popping and sludgerific 1.8T, but this CC comes with the later (and better) 2.0 TFSI engine.  The small inline-4 is rated at 200 horsepower and 210 ft-lbs of torque and mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox attached to the front wheels.  If those power figures leave you underwhelmed, you'll be happy to know that for about $500-1000 you can get a flash tune from someone like APR to let your 2.0T to push out 255 horsepower and 285 ft-lbs of torque on 93 octane.  New tires will cost extra.

The Passat has benefited from trickle-down Audi interior parts since its inception and the B6/B7 platform is no exception.  Expect this German built machine be nicer (and drive better) than the 2012+ USA built Passat.

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  1. It stands for Comfort Coupe, if I am remembering their marketing BS correctly.

  2. Cramped Car, or Crushed Cranium.

    Give me the headroom and windows of a real Passat, please.

  3. This is my idea of comfort in a VW:

    Passat W8 4Motion wif a stick

    Better still, a wagon of similar mechanical spec, though this one's black (and I won't buy a black car) and it's apparently been on and off the market a couple times and was apparently on that site about trailers a while back:

    W8 wagon

    1. First link buggered, this one should work:

      W8 4Motion

    2. The good thing about these things - if there can ever be a good thing about a German car built in infinitesmal numbers, go look for a Benz R63 - is that the drivetrain behind the engine is all the usual Audi S4 stuff so all the rebuilders and tuners can deal with you.

    3. I'm sure these drive great, but the styling is terrible. Looks like a whacked out toyota Avalon, which is an old lady car. VW used to make good looking cars, but now they only make their Audi brand look good. It's like they purposely style VW's badly to force you to spend more for the Audi.

    4. After a friend who has a W8 passat described how he accesses the engine for typical maintenance I pretty much wrote those off completely. I really don't understand what is so great about it anyway. What do I know though I might be the only one here who liked the CC's styling at least when I sat in one at the autoshow anyway.

    5. Styling: I hate, detest, loathe, insert the rest of the thesaurus here all these chop-top sedans with their tiny windows. They're miserable things to drive, you can't see out of them. I like nice tall greenhouses with reasonable headroom and it matters much less to me what the exterior looks like. I'm fine with the looks of the old Passat, just as I'm fine with the looks of the E12, E28, E30, and E34 BMWs.

      Serviceability - Yeah, it's pretty much like an Audi and most of them suck. I admit to not having wrenched on a W8 Passat, but I'm going to assume it's something like a C5 Audi, and on those cars you can do oil, plugs, a few other things, maybe coolant, without drama but anything on the front of the engine is a serious evolution.

    6. What do you think of the i3?


  4. CC = Chump Change...because you look like one when you drive it and it what's left of your money after depreciation.

  5. Any used VW is a Crappy Car.

  6. I have seen one with a black "R" interior that looked pretty nice.

    I can't get over the tail lights though.

    1. They did a mid-cycle refresh / facelift / rumplift that made the CC eminently more palatable, IMO.


    2. I'm still not a fan. I guess it's too close to a current Buick for me. And I still don't get selling a model that's just got less headroom sitting in the showroom next to the same thing with more. Bloody VW and their "world domination"....yeah, good job guys. How about better resale value, lower maintenance and better reliability? Eh? That's not what the consumer wants? Huh. Coulda fooled me. No no, you're right; what they really want is less headroom in a sedan. Brilliant!

    3. I think it's a German thing - all of the major automakers there (BMW, VW Group incl. Audi, Daimler) are in a race to see who can create the maximum number of variations of the "4 door coupe" bodystyle...based on sedans, crossovers, & SUVs. Off the top of my head I can think of:

      Audi A5 Sportback (not available here)
      Audi A7
      BMW 3 Series GT
      BMW 4 Series "Gran Coupe"
      BMW 5 Series GT
      BMW 6 Series "Gran Coupe"
      BMW X4 abomination
      BMW X6 abomination
      M-B CLA
      M-B CLS
      Porsche Panamera
      VW CC

      Non-Germans...I'm sure I'm forgetting something here:
      Acura ZDX (discontinued)
      Aston Martin Rapide
      Honda Crosstour
      Maserati Quattroporte (arguable)
      Tesla Model S

    4. I should add:

      Maserati Ghibli

    5. And they're all a bad idea, in my opinion. Who are these really for? SINKs? DINKs? The only one that I talk to owners about (of course, I don't know an owner for every car on your list) where they aren't actually rather embarrassed of their car is the Tesla and that's because the Model S actually pulls off the 4-door coupe thing. Mostly.

      I'm sure there are owners of these cars that love them. But boy howdy, they might want to consider that they just don't have any taste and way too much money.


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