Long-term wrap-up: 2012 Volkswagen Passat CC
The Volkswagen Passat CC V6 long-termer is no more with us, having gone back to VW Middle East. Unlike any of our previous borrowed long-term cars, this one will actually be missed. It was easily among the best all-round midsize sedans we’ve ever driven, if not the best.
Before closing the book on it, let’s check out the competition first. The CC has a base price of around Dhs 120,000 with a little turbo engine and front-wheel-drive, but our 300 hp V6 all-wheel-drive model rings in at around Dhs 175,000, last we checked. A new facelifted model with unchanged mechanicals will be out by summer, but that’s another story.
The most obvious competition would be something like a Nissan Maxima. About the same size, it coughs up 290 hp with front-wheel-drive and a CVT automatic. Fully loaded, it costs around Dhs 140,000. But it takes a second longer in the 0-100 kph run, and handles nowhere near as well. It really isn’t a match for the CC at all.
The Americans offer up a far better challenge, with the Dodge Charger R/T. It is bigger, boasts a 360 hp V8, rear-wheel-drive and a 5-speed automatic. And yet, it only costs around Dhs 145,000. And yet, all that power is lost in wheelspin as the CC would still be quicker by half-a-second to 100 kph. The Charger has slightly more space and is capable of tyre-smoking fun, but in grip-driving and wet-weather handling, the CC again has it beat.
The Scandinavian Volvo S60 T6 is a superb car, and a close match-up with the CC in performance, with its 300 hp turbo-six and all-wheel-drive. But it loses before it even starts because, at Dhs 200,000, it is more expensive and is much smaller inside.
Let’s not even talk about the BMW 3-Series. A 328i costs Dhs 210,000 nowadays in basic trim, for a 245 hp turbo-four motor and rear-wheel-drive. Granted, it probably handles beautifully for all we know, but it represents very poor value for money compared to the CC.
These were the replacement cars that popped into our head as we handed the keys back to the VW office. But surely, there must be more cars out there that can take it on in price, features and capability.
Original Mileage When Borrowed: 435 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 12,020 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 11.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Borrowed: Dhs 0