Economy test: 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC V6
As a last hurrah before our 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC rides off into the sunset, we decided to properly check out what sort of fuel economy numbers it was capable of getting. Being a 300 hp all-wheel-drive midsize sedan had to be a fuel hog, right?
If you’re on a leisurely cruise at a constant 80 kph on a 32-degree day, the trip computer registers 7.5 litres/100 km. Of course, this fluctuated between 6.9 l/100 km and 8.0 l/100 km, depending on the dips and inclines on the road.
When we upped the speed to 100 kph, the car was registering 8.5 litres/100 km, still pretty decent.
At 120 kph, the fuel consumption went up to 9.5 litres/100 km, always with the a/c on.
And speeding along at 140 kph on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway gave us a consistent 10.5 litres/100 km.
Interestingly, that is higher compared to the manually-calculated 9.3 litres/100 km we get with our 2008 Mitsubishi Galant GTS with its crude-yet-torquey 230 hp 3.8-litre V6. So the heavier VW’s direct-injected 300 hp 3.6-litre V6 won’t perform fuel-economy miracles when saddled with all-wheel-drive and other weighty add-ons, but with 70 extra horses from a smaller displacement, it is hard to argue.
In mixed city/highway driving, we generally get around 11.5 litres/100 km, fluctuating between 11.2 l/100 km and 11.8 l/100 km depending on how docile or aggressive we’re feeling.
So a CC like ours isn’t the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan you can buy, but it is quite possibly the most fuel-efficient 300 hp V6-powered all-wheel-drive sedan around.