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Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Test Drive Review

As introduction to Volkswagen CC, the 4-door coupe version of Volkswagen Passat is facelifted in third quarter of 2012 in Malaysia. It is now known as CC instead of Passat CC.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

Previously, the pre-facelift model of Passat CC in Malaysia is powered by 200PS 2.0-litre TSI engine. After the facelift, the CC is now powered by 160PS 1.8-litre TSI engine instead. Is the engines between 160PS 1.8-litre and 200PS 2.0-litre makes a difference? The answer is yes, in both performance and fuel efficiency.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

General speaking, Volkswagen CC is similar to Passat B7 besides having a sleeker and dynamic body styling. For Malaysian market, Volkswagen introduces two variants for CC – 1.8 TSI ‘Comfortline’ and 1.8 TSI ‘Sportline’. Apart from that, the CC is added with Adaptive Chassis Control and dual electric adjustable front seats comparing to the Passat. In addition, the CC share a similar cockpit design with the Passat.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

The power plant of the Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI fitted with a combination of 160PS 1.8-litre TSI EA888 engine and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). The Volkswagen CC is compatible with RON95 unleaded fuel and capable to fill up to 70 litres within a single tank. Although the Volkswagen Passat B7 1.8 TSI is locally assembled in Malaysia, but the CC is still fully imported from Germany.

Based on the spec sheet, the CC is claimed to be capable to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds. However, I can feel the CC is a little heavier comparing to the Passat B7 1.8 TSI, especially at the low range. The kerb weight for CC 1.8 TSI is 1,521kg, while 1,517kg for Passat 1.8 TSI B7. Somehow, the unconvincing performance must be something to do with the extra weight and tiny 1.8 engine. Personally, I preferred the Passat B7 1.8 TSI more.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

The Volkswagen CC ‘Sportline’ is upgraded from ‘Comfortline’ with brushed dark alumimium decorative inserts for dashboard and door trim panels, upgraded in-car entertainment with DYNAUDIO ‘Confidence’ 10 speakers and 600W premium sound system, ‘Interlagos’ 8J x 18” alloy wheels with self-sealing tyres 235/40 R18, panoramic tilting glass roof, ‘KESSY’ keyless entry and starting system, and ‘Rear Assist’ rear view camera.

The Volkswagen CC ‘Comfortline’ is fitted with 235/45 R17, while the ‘Sportline’ with 235/40 R18. Basically, the width and rims offset are the same but the rims are 1-inch larger in diameter.

Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia
Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

Drawback? I found this 4-door coupe doesn’t come with any roof handles at all corners and the rear headroom is pretty tight as well. Perhaps this is due to its low roofing design.

Do check out the photos of the new Volkswagen CC ‘Sportline’ which I have tested on the below. The Volkswagen CC Comfortline priced at RM 225,888.00, while the CC Sportline priced at RM 243,888.00 in Peninsular Malaysia. Standard across all Volkswagen Cars in Malaysia from Volkswagen Group Malaysia, the car comes with 5-year unlimited mileage warranty and 5-year mobility guarantee for total peace of mind motoring and enjoyment.

Our rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7.25/10

Performance:  ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 5/10
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Photo Gallery: Volkswagen CC 1.8 TSI Malaysia

2010 Volkswagen Passat CC 2.0 TSI by Volkswagen Group Malaysia

Over the weekend, I have attended the 2010 Hyundai Sonata (YF) Preview in Hyundai Glenmarie Elite Outlet. At the first sight, the car looks amazing and changes my perception towards Korean Cars in-terms of design, features and technology. Besides the car reminds me the Mercedes Benz CLS, I think it looks identical to Volkswagen Passat CC too. Probably, those cars design with similar shape as 4-door Coupe.

In the other article, we have covered the preview of the YF Sonata. However, I think I am more tempted to show you another beauty from Volkswagen, the Passat CC.

2010 Volkswagen Passat CC 2010 Volkswagen Passat CC

The Volkswagen Passat CC is a 4-door coupe that debuted back in January 2008 at North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Basically, the CC stands for Comfort Coupe and marketed as a more luxury model over the standard Passat. This car is designed based on A5 (PQ46) platform like the Passat but the CC is longer, lower, wider and of course Sportier.

2010 Volkswagen Passat CC

Back in October 2009, Volkswagen Group Malaysia had announced the availability of the Passat CC and Scirocco to the Malaysian market. Both models are offered with EA888 2.0 R4 16v TSI/TFSI turbo-charged engine (2.0L TSI) that producing 200PS (147kW) @ 5,100-6,000rpm and 280Nm @ 1,700-5,000rpm. Don’t worry, the engine is RON 95 compatible. Initially, the Passat CC is powered by 6-speed Tiptronic Auto Transmission to front wheel. But now, you will get the 6-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) instead in the 2010 imported models. The car was initially designed with only 4 seats, but the option of 5 seats has been taken by VGM for all 2010 imported models too. Therefore, you won’t be able to find the rear center console anymore.

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