The 2015 Volkswagen CC is a sedan that features the look of luxury and the driving characteristics that the German automaker is often praised for. For this model year, it remains largely unchanged from the prior year, but is still quite stylish and has a nice collection of standard features.
Similar in size to VW’s Passat sedan, the CC offers a bit more of an upscale look that will be appreciated by those in the market for a premium sedan. With seating for five, the CC has a spacious and comfortable interior, with the great fit and finish that VW has come to be known for. It offers such standard features as navigation system, heated power front seats, HD radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Optional features that are available include massaging driver’s seat, cooled front seats, power rear sunshade and ambient lighting.
Under the hood, the CC has two engines available. The base is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and is linked to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. That power plant is rated at 22 mpg city, 32 highway. The other engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 280 ponies and is mated to a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 17 mpg city, 25 highway. Front-wheel drive is standard, but an all-wheel drive system is available as an option.
Handling is pretty crisp in the CC, even though when you first get behind the wheel, it feels a bit like you are driving a large sedan. That feeling quickly fades, though, as you take on some corners and sense the aggressiveness that the CC seems to wish to demonstrate. But, even with that eagerness, the CC still has good road manners and will provide an appropriately smooth ride without unnecessary drama.
For safety, the CC comes with electronic stability, antilock brakes and six airbags as standard features. Options include a front and rear parking sensor system and a backup camera. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CC four stars out of five in crash test scoring, which isn’t surprising given VW’s emphasis on the safety of its vehicles in collisions.
Exterior styling is punctuated by a sharply sloping body style at its top line with a mid section that rises toward the car’s rear, giving it a much more aggressive stance than VW’s other sedans. Additionally, this look adds to the premium or luxury appearance of the car, as some have compared it to the body of some Mercedes-Benz sedans. Dual exhaust and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 18-inch wheels and a power moonroof available as options.
The CC starts at a little more than $33,000 and ranges to around $45,000. At the higher end of that band, you’re certainly talking about luxury sedan-type pricing, which it appears the CC aspires to be. And one could make a strong argument that it hits the mark, when you consider the styling and driving dynamics.
As we’ve noted before, however, there are still some questions in the mind of much of the buying public about the long-term reliability of VW products. The German brand, in a recent ranking, took the top spot globally in vehicle sales from long-time champ Toyota. That was a goal that it had set a few years ago. But it remains to be seen whether it will be able to retain that crown, and that will largely hinge on long-term buyer satisfaction.
We can say, though, that the CC, as a premium sedan, makes quite a nice impression.