The VW CC brings a little more class to this midsized sedan model than the Jetta and along with style and luxury comes a bigger price tag. The CC has a very high end look and feel. It is considered to be one of the most attractive vehicles in its class. This sedan fits into the same classification as the Mercedes Benz CLS and is a very comparable vehicle in most every standard. The only big drawback that is immediately noticeable with the CC is that the raked rear roof takes away some real estate from the interior that makes head room in the back seats almost unusable for taller passengers.
This is one of the few models from VW that still offers a choice from the smaller 4 cylinder engine or a much more powerful 6 cylinder engine. The 4Motion all wheel drive system allows the driver of the CC to take full control of the vehicle in any driving condition. The CC can be equipped with a manual 6 speed transmission or the Tiptronic automatic six speed transmission which offers great deal of fuel efficiency and very smooth shifting.
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 6-speed auto-clutch manual (DSG)
Engines: 2.0L turbocharged I-4, 3.6L V-6
Models: Sport, Luxury, VR6 Sport, VR6 4Motion
There are few changes to be found on the CC for 2010, though Volkswagen has replaced the conventional Tiptronic automatic with its DSG auto-clutch transmission on 2.0-liter models, added wood trim to the VR6 versions, and included standard touchscreen audio and Bluetooth controls across the board.
Low-slung, taut, and utterly gorgeous, the Volkswagen CC is arguably the winner of the midsize beauty pageant. Bold character lines and an arching roofline cause heads to turn even in jaded Southern California.
The Volkswagen CC’s interior oozes class, from the ribbed, Ferrari-esque sport seats to the aluminum center stack trim. The rear seat can be cramped for taller passengers and it only seats two, but the scalloped ‘buckets’ are snug and comfortable.
Behind the wheel, the CC can’t quite match VW’s GTI for driving dynamics, but it can catch – and possibly overtake – the more expensive Audi A4. VW’s excellent turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is willing, responsive and allows for nimble handling by virtue of its light weight. For extensive freeway pounding, the 3.6-liter narrow-angle V-6 is a better choice even if it’s only available with a conventional automatic.
Standard driver and front passenger front and side-thorax airbags, front and rear side curtain head airbags. Optional rear passenger side-thorax airbags and standard traction control and stability control.
Sport, Luxury: 22 mpg city (21 mpg manual)/31 mpg highway
VR6 Sport: 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway
VR6 4Motion: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Drop-dead good looks
- High-end build quality
- Sport/comfort ratio spot on
- Available all-wheel drive
- Cramped rear seat
- Pricey for Golf underpinnings
- VR6 available only with automatic
Exotic style with a budget price
- Audi A4
- Hyundai Sonata
- Lexus IS
- Mercedes C-Class