2012 CC New Car Test Drive
The Volkswagen CC is a four-door coupe, which may be a contradiction in terms because coupes are traditionally thought of as having two doors, not four. So the CC is 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 2012 with few changes. The CC will be revised for 2013 with new front and rear styling and more standard equipment.
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 2012 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.
The Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion features the narrow-angle 3.6-liter V6 rated at 280 horsepower and 17/25 mpg. It comes with all-wheel drive. The 2012 Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion can accelerate from 0-60 in less than seven 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 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 ($28,515) comes with leatherette upholstery; heated 12-way adjustable front seats; premium eight-speaker, 6CD audio with HD radio, Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth, and iPod connection; 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/45R17 self-sealing all-season tires; sports suspension; traction control with differential lock; leather-wrapped shifter and multi-function steering wheel; and matte chrome interior trim. The Sport comes standard with the 6-speed manual transmission, but is also available with the 6-speed DSG ($29,615) automatic.
Volkswagen CC R-Line features 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/40R18 tires, fog lights, lower bumper extensions, side skirts, unique aluminum sill plates, and darkened tail lights. The CC R-Line also comes with the 6-speed manual ($30,460) or DSG ($31,560).
Volkswagen CC Luxury ($31,420) adds dual zone climate control with air filter, navigation system with touch-screen, heated washer nozzles, and brushed aluminum interior trim. Luxury Plus ($33,865) upgrades to HDD Navigation with touch-screen, rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, HomeLink, interior lighting package, what VW calls 'sustainable' wood trim. The Luxury Limited ($34,665) adds automatic bi-xenon headlights and adaptive front lighting (AFS). The CC Luxury models all come standard with the DSG automatic transmission.
Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion Executive ($40,390) 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, 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.