2017 CC New Car Test Drive
The front-wheel-drive Volkswagen CC is called a four-door coupe, a contradictory description that didn't use to exist, but actually has some meaning nowadays. It's a sedan with a roofline like a coupe, a sedan that could pass as a coupe. If you want a Volkswagen Passat but also want stylish looks, the VW CC is your model.
It's in its ninth year without changing its shape, but the Volkswagen CC still looks stylish. It competes with cars like the Nissan Maxima, Lincoln MKZ, Volvo S60, Acura TLX, and Audi A4.
It was last updated for 2013, with revised styling and expansion of the rear seat to hold three people. For 2017, the models have been reduced from six to three, with the elimination of the V6 engine. It's a dated product due for a replacement.
The only engine is a turbocharged 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter four cylinder, with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic-manual transmission. Its handling is crisp and its ride comfortable.
With the manual transmission, fuel mileage is EPA-rated at 21 miles per gallon city, 32 highway, and 25 combined, on premium gas. With the dual-clutch automatic manual, a more appropriate transmission for this car, mileage is the same. There's also a PZEV low-emissions model.
The 2017 Volkswagen CC comes in Sport ($34,475), Executive, and R-Line Executive ($37,820), each with lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, automatic crash braking, and adaptive cruise control.