2010 CC New Car Test Drive
The Volkswagen CC is a four-door, four-seat sedan, but Volkswagen calls it a coupe, and it could pass for an expensive luxury car, without the price. The styling is radical by Volkswagen standards, certainly eye-catching in its sleekness. The CC, for Comfort Coupe, was launched as an all-new model for 2009 and carries through 2010 unchanged.
The interior design and materials are exceptional; and the optional two-tone stitched leather bucket seats are downright Italian-like. The rear bucket seats accommodate just two in cozy comfort with decent legroom.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the six-speed Tiptronic transmission can pass for a powertrain that might be in a luxury sports sedan or coupe. Yet it retails for less than $30,000 taillights over the curb, making it a compelling value. The 2.0-liter engine makes 200 horsepower and gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg Highway on Premium fuel. We found it delightful underway, smooth and very responsive.
VR6 models use the dynamic VW 3.6-liter V6, now making 280 horsepower, and the Tiptronic. It's a great setup, though with its higher price the value equation isn't as compelling as it is with the 2.0.
We found the highway ride smooth and solid, firm but not harsh. The electromechanical steering makes parking easy. The brakes work very well.
The 2010 Volkswagen CC models include the Sport, Luxury, VR6 Sport, and VR6 4Motion. Sport and Luxury use the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, while the VR6 models use the 3.6-liter V6. the only transmission available in the other three models.
Sport ($27,550) 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 six-speed manual transmission, but is also available with the six-speed Tiptronic ($28,650) automatic.
Luxury ($32,830) upgrades to leather upholstery, fancier alloy wheels, tilt panorama sunroof, dual zone climate control, park distance control, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzles, Homelink, brushed aluminum interior trim, Sirius radio, memory seats and self-dimming rearview mirror. The Tiptronic comes standard.
VR6 Sport ($39,015) adds paddle shifters, power rear sunshade, a 600-watt Dynaudio premium sound system. The VR6 Sport comes with the V6 engine and Tiptronic automatic.
VR6 4Motion ($40,115) adds Volkswagen's sophisticated all-wheel-drive system with Haldex center differential.
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.