Long-term update: 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC V6
If you keep track of automotive news, you’ll know that the facelifted new “2013” Volkswagen CC has just been unveiled. It gets a straight new corporate face and some LED-specific enhancements. And from what we can see, our “older” CC arguably looks better. Of course, it will take a while before the redone model reaches UAE shores, so we’ll reserve judgement for now. Right now, we had to deal with our car becoming the victim of a hit-and-run accident.
While our car was parked, some cowardly loser somehow scraped it and ran away. The bumper paint is scratched, while a front fender is dented. The bigger headache was convincing the perrenially-pissed po-po that the accident wasn’t our fault, considering we weren’t even there.
Otherwise, our VW has been running just fine, with the rev-happy engine freeing up more every day as we approach the 2000-km mark. Issues have been minor. One front-bumper parking sensor went “ïn” a bit, probably due to an over-exuberant “GeoWash” guy. One 19-inch alloy wheel is a bit scraped on the edge, because I misjudged a curb while parking, something I was painstakingly trying to avoid all these weeks. And the touchscreen spontaneously shut down on its own once, although it has been fine since we turned it on again .
We always filled up with “Super” RON98 petrol and continued getting terrific fuel economy, as per the trip computer, of 11.2 litres/100 km, and that’s without even trying to be thrifty. We’ll do a full economy test later to see how economical it can be, but for now, we returned the car to get the damage repaired. To tide us over until then, Volkswagen gave us a brand-new 2012 VW Touareg V8. Now ain’t that depressing? No.
Original Mileage When Borrowed: 435 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 1,957 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 11.2 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Borrowed: Dhs 0