The vast improvements in diesel technology make the 2.0-litre TDI in the Passat CC something of a modern marvel. Producing 125kW and 350Nm of torque, the four-cylinder turbo diesel motor is mated to Volkswagen’s renowned six-speed DSG. The official fuel consumption figure is 6.3-litres per 100km – easily achieved on test.
While the Passat CC weighs in at 1526kg, the 125TDI fitted to this variant of the Passat CC seamlessly moves the Passat CC. There’s still the trademarked Volkswagen DSG stutter off the line, but once moving the turbo diesel engine does away with turbo lag and that tractor like sound often associated with diesels.
The quiet TDI motor, although front wheel driven, offers bucket loads of torque in any gear. Despite the front end grappling for grip in the wet from a standing start, once moving there seems to be an endless supply.
The super fast shifts of the direct shift gearbox mean that gears are snapped up as soon as they’re offered. This arrangement works wonders when mated to a diesel engine, which always needs to be on boost to be effective.