Offering seating for four or five people, the Volkswagen CC is a four-door model with a coupe-like silhouette, hence its “comfort coupe” designation. The CC offers a premium interior, available all-wheel drive and two powerful engine choices.
Introduced for 2009, the Volkswagen CC has undergone only small changes since its inception. Its bold design, sloping roofline and high-end interior give it a look akin to that of a model from Audi.
Front-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower are standard. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic transmission was available for the 2009 model year. For 2010, Volkswagen replaced the automatic transmission option with a six-speed automated manual transmission.
Also available is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that’s rated at 280 horsepower and paired with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. The V6-powered CC is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
The CC offers supportive seating and excellent legroom throughout the cabin. Rear passengers will find headroom restricted due to the sloping roofline. The standard features list includes simulated leather upholstery, power accessories and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Genuine leather upholstery is available as an option.
The 2010 model year saw the debut of a new touch screen audio system, and Bluetooth was added as a standard feature. For 2012, the CC’s interior was mildly revamped, with an analog clock added.
Volkswagen freshened the CC’s front and rear styling the following year, and added a rear bench seat to increase seating capacity to five.
In 2014, Volkswagen introduced its Car-Net telematics system, a subscription-based service offering location-based roadside assistance, automatic crash notification and response, remote vehicle access and destination assist. For 2016, all CC editions added a modified infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Volkswagen CC occupies a unique place in the automotive sphere, not unlike the Buick Regal, which is another premium sedan. Well-equipped versions of midsize cars, such as the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Nissan Maxima and Mazda6 should be cross-shopped. Consumers might also look at the Acura TLX, Audi A4, Volvo S60 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.
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