The Volkswagen CC is a four-door coupe, a four-seat sedan with a sleek, low stance. It looks more expensive than it is. The CC, for Comfort Coupe, was launched as an all-new model for 2009 and carries through 2011 unchanged.
The interior design and materials are exceptional. The optional two-tone stitched leather bucket seats are downright Italian-like. The cabin feels racy due to the steeply raked windshield and distant dash. It's cozy inside and there isn't as much front legroom as in the Acura TSX, Nissan Maxima or Lexus IS. The rear bucket seats accommodate just two in cozy comfort with decent legroom but limited headroom. Cargo space is small for the class, comparable to that of the Lexus IS.
The Volkswagen CC is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower. We found it impressively powerful and amazingly smooth. It uses front-wheel drive and is available with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic Direct Shift Gearbox. The 2011 Volkswagen CC with the 2.0-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg City/Highway on Premium fuel with the DSG, 21/31 mpg with the 6-speed manual. A Volkswagen CC Sport with the manual gearbox can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, the company says.
The Volkswagen CC VR6 4MOTION features the narrow-angle 3.6-liter V6 rated at 280 horsepower an 17/25 mpg. It comes with all-wheel drive. The 2011 Volkswagen CC VR6 4MOTION can accelerate from 0-60 in just 6.6 seconds, according to Volkswagen. The VR6 4MOTION is a pricey package, however.
We found the highway ride smooth and solid, firm but not harsh. It isn't a high-performance car, but it's lighter than the Maxima or Lexus IS. The electromechanical steering makes parking easy. The brakes work very well.
The 2011 Volkswagen CC Sport and Luxury models use the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, while the VR6 model features the 3.6-liter V6.
Volkswagen CC Sport ($28,200) comes with leatherette upholstery, heated 12-way adjustable driver's seat and eight-way passenger seat, premium 6CD/MP3 audio, 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/45R17 self-sealing all-season tires, sports suspension, traction control with differential lock, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and multi-function steering wheel with aluminum trim. The Sport comes standard with the 6-speed manual transmission, but is also available with the 6-speed DSG ($29,300) automatic.
Volkswagen CC R-Line features 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/40R18 tires. It comes with a 12-way adjustable driver's seat and fog lights. The CC R-Line comes standard with the 6-speed manual ($30,120) or DSG ($31,220).
Volkswagen CC Luxury ($31,175) upgrades to dual zone climate control with air filter, navigation system with touch-screen, heated washer nozzles, brushed aluminum interior trim. Luxury Plus ($33,575) upgrades to HDD Navigation with touch-screen, rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, HomeLink, interior lighting package, wood trim. The Luxury Limited ($34,375) adds automatic bi-xenon headlights. The CC Luxury models come standard with the DSG automatic transmission.
Volkswagen CC VR6 4MOTION ($39,990) comes with the V6 engine, 6-speed Tiptronic automatic with paddle shifters, and all-wheel drive. The VR6 also upgrades to leather upholstery, power rear sunshade, premium outside mirrors, park distance control, memory for seats and mirrors, heated seats, and 600-watt Dynaudio 6CD system with 10 speakers.
Safety equipment includes six airbags (frontal, side front and full curtain), advanced stability control with ABS, tire pressure monitoring system. 4Motion can enhance safety in adverse conditions. The optional rearview camera can help the driver spot a child behind the vehicle when backing up.