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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $18,895 - $42,895
Invoice: $18,139 - $41,136
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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Volkswagen CC Performance

Reviewers say that the 2014 Volkswagen CC delivers a comfortable ride and nimble handling that they enjoy. A strong, refined base engine and a slick automated manual transmission complement the CC’s balanced handling.

  • "The CC may trace its roots back to an old Passat, but it's definitely a driver's car. The hunkered-down, coupelike seating position imparts a sense of control, and the CC is unflappable at speed." -- AutoTrader
  • "The CC was easier to place within the narrow lanes of the twisty backroad that Volkswagen chose for my test runs and required fewer corrections midturn to stay on course. Where I felt tired of driving the Passat midway through the hour-long course set before me, I felt that I could easily drive the more casual CC for an hour more." -- CNET
  • "Its firm European suspension tuning allowed us to comfortably dart around traffic and exit freeway ramps at greater than the posted speed, but it was always compliant enough to absorb all but the largest craters in the asphalt. We racked up many very comfortable miles in this Volkswagen." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "A laser-seam-welded body combined with taut suspension mitigates body lean and flex for an engaging driving experience." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 VW CC comes standard with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automated manual transmission is optional. A 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 is available, which comes with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder CC models with the automated manual earn an EPA fuel economy rating of 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for an upscale midsize car, while all-wheel drive V6 models get 17/25 mpg.

Most reviewers say the smooth-revving turbocharged base engine provides more than enough power for most drivers. However, they say the optional V6 delivers a big increase in acceleration for those who want it. Reviewers agree that the optional automated manual transmission offers smooth, yet remarkably quick, shifts. However, one critic says the standard six-speed manual’s shifter is a littler rubbery.

  • "The base engine is the brand's excellent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Its refinement and power make it as good as the V-6s from many of its competitors, and it gets better fuel economy." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The VR6 turns the CC into a seriously swift car, one that competes rather well with entry-level luxury models like the Audi A4." -- AutoTrader
  • "The shifts in the [automated manual] gearbox's standard mode are smooth and nearly imperceptible save the slight dips and rises in the engine rpm." -- CNET
  • "Both of the CC's available engines provide quick acceleration, and we suspect most buyers will be happy with the turbo-4 given its superior fuel economy." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "A six-speed manual can be had at the Sport and R-Line levels. It's typical Volkswagen: The shifter is a little rubbery and vague, whereas the clutch catches relatively quickly, but there are worse alternatives out there." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Handling and Braking

Most test drivers agree that the Volkswagen CC does a good job balancing ride comfort and athletic handling. They say the suspension is firm but composed on rough pavement, the steering requires little effort but still provides good feedback and the brakes are powerful.

  • "While the sport-tuned suspension allows more body roll than you might expect, that's partly why the CC can traverse rough pavement with supple composure. And don't get us wrong, this is still an entertaining car to drive on a winding road." -- AutoTrader
  • "Normally, I'm complaining about overly-light, over-boosted power steering, but I rather liked this setup. The CC's steering felt less faux-heavy and more direct that the Passat's. Light steering can be a very good thing when done correctly." -- CNET
  • "The 2013 Volkswagen CC neatly splits the difference between sporty handling and a comfortable quality that should be agreeable to a majority of drivers. The sport-tuned suspension is on the firm side, but it should be OK for those used to German cars and still ably isolates passengers from all but the harshest of road imperfections." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The brakes deliver smooth, strong stopping action." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 10/30/13

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