Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

VW Dressed to Impress

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

VW Dressed to Impress

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Byline: CHRIS RUSSON

IT'S regarded as one of the best looking cars around and now Volkswagen's super sleek coupe has been given some pampering. To be known just as the CC bringing it into line with VW's branding in America, the new version of what was previously the Passat CC hits the streets in April.

And with a makeover all round the CC has even more graceful proportions than before. New light clusters - especially LEDs at the rear - have had a marked effect while the front features VW's new horizontal grille design. It has matured into a car for the discerning driver who wants something which stands out as well as delivering performance. Priced from pounds 24,200 to pounds 30,100 the restyled model range is about pounds 500 more than the previous Passat CC line up.

In the style stakes that gives VW something of an edge on rivals such as the Audi A5 and even the larger A7 or Mercedes' latest CLS. The CC - it stands for comfort coupe and not to be confused with convertibles using the same designation - also has a degree of purity which the others seem to lack.

As before, two petrol and two diesel engines are available with the most economical delivering a shade over 60 to the gallon. That's from a 140ps two-litre diesel costing pounds 25,345 and with emissions pared down to 125g/km it has added appeal for business users.

A more powerful 170ps diesel is available delivering extra performance resulting in a 0 to 60 acceleration of around 8.6 seconds compared to the 9.8 for the 140ps engine. It is almost as economical clocking up 57.6mpg on average according to VW and now comes with an electronic traction system which mimics a limited slip differential making the car reassuringly nimble. The two petrol versions use either 1.8 or two-litre engines and although quicker lack the economy which will make the diesels more popular.

The diesels also benefit from stop/start systems allied to gear change alerts on the dashboard which help earn them VW's BlueMotion status for added fuel efficiency. On the road, while the 170ps engine has longer legs and is more refined there is little between the two diesels in terms of feel under everyday conditions. …

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