2016 CC New Car Test Drive
The Volkswagen CC is a sleek and upscale version of the Passat that offers comfort and poise.
Volkswagen boldly called the CC a four-door coupe when it first came out as a 2009 model, inventing the description and distinction that other sleek sedans have since taken. Today, the Volkswagen CC competes with cars such as the Nissan Maxima, Lincoln MKZ, Volvo S60, Acura TLX, and Audi A4.
The CC comes as the 2.0T with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower, or the 3.6-liter VR6 4Motion model with 280 horsepower. The 2.0T feels significantly lighter and more nimble, and the smaller engine makes a good 207 pound-feet of torque with no turbo lag, matching the response of the more powerful V6.
New for 2016 is a base model called Trend. Also new: an upgraded infotainment system with a USB port; forward-collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, automatic braking. VR6 models offer adaptive cruise control.
Safety equipment includes rearview camera, front side airbags, and curtain airbags, with rear side airbags available. The CC has not been recently crash-tested by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which rates it only for rollover resistance, four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the CC as Good in its tests, its top score, with a Marginal rating for its challenging small-overlap test, which is like hitting a telephone pole.
The Volkswagen CC 2.0T with manual transmission is EPA-rated at 21/32 mpg City/Highway, or 25 Combined miles per gallon. With the twin-clutch automatic manual it's the same. The thirsty all-wheel-drive VR6 4Motion gets about 5 mpg less.
The 2016 Volkswagen CC comes in Trend, Sport, Executive, and R-Line trims. There's also a super efficient model called the DSG PZEV.