Long-term update: 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC returns
Our 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC long-termer came back last week, having spent a few weeks at the dealership getting its front fender repaired after a hit-and-run incident. It looks new again, and with a broken-in engine, it drives even better.
We had avoided hard acceleration for a long time, but now with more than 2000 km on the odo, we felt the need for speed this past week. And the engine sounds absolutely phenomenal. With 300 hp on tap from a 3.6-litre V6, direct injection included, the specs sound familiar because we raved about this engine when we tested the Porsche Cayenne V6. Indeed, VW still supplies V6 motors for Porsche’s SUV. The only difference in this application is that our CC has a 6-speed “DSG” automanual gearbox instead of an 8-speed automatic. Heck, our car even has all-wheel-drive, so we look forward to driving fast without fear once the rainy season starts properly.
We recently attended the brief Bridgestone Potenza Driving School at the Dubai Autodrome, where we drove an Audi TT Quattro on a coned autocross course. We’re now left wondering how the CC will perform on a similar course, considering how much Audi borrows from the VW parts bin.
Original Mileage When Borrowed: 435 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 2,100 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