Economy test: 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC V6

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.

What do you think?



  1. mash , you got 13.2 litres per 100 km with the nissan maxima which is less powerfull , front wheel drive and has less weight with CVT (should be much economical) . I think that is a car you may compare to not a galant !!! i think you should’ve been as much amazed with the CC getting that great mileage as the acceleration time you got .

    • Author

      The Maxima was a short-term test. I didn’t really drive with any care for economy, but then again, I already gave a conclusion in the last line of this story that should hint at what you said.

  2. mash i think the CC is the class leader in fuel-consumption,especially when u compare it to another 4door coupe like the Cls500 bcoz the Cls350 gets around 7sec to 100kph thats why the Cls500 is more comparable.and if u want eco u get the 1.8 or 2.0 which is faster than all japanese and american V6 sedans

  3. Friends,
    What about the other costs:- Maintenance and spare parts? Can be comparable with Toyota Camry, Honda Accord..??

  4. dude R u really comparing this to camry !!OMG!! if avalon maybe but a camry!!c’mon u r really making it hard for me to be nice.when you buy a part for a japanese car there is different kinds of it at different prices from different countries , but german cars have only the original german made parts only so it makes sense if its a bit pricier even though it really isnt that much more expensive . you see toyota and honda are not luxury carmakers , if you buy a lexus or infiniti part they might even be more expensive than the german counterparts.

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