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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $32,685 - $43,140
Invoice: $31,345 - $41,371
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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Volkswagen CC Performance

The 2015 Volkswagen CC’s ride is firm, but comfortable, critics say, and it has responsive handling compared to most family sedans. Compared to sport sedans, however, reviewers say the CC’s handling is unimpressive, and some complain that the CC’s steering doesn’t provide very good feedback. The CC’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets decent fuel economy, and reviewers say it is strong, so some question whether the V6 is worth the extra money.

  • "Most drivers will find that the CC strikes an agreeable balance between engaging handling and a comfortable ride." -- Edmunds
  • "It's a very competent front-wheel-drive sedan with sporty pretenses and very enjoyable to drive in its own way, but calling the CC a sport sedan is completely misleading. Put it this way: We were never compelled to wring it out on Mulholland Highway." -- Autoblog
  • "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 (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2015 Volkswagen CC comes with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automated manual transmission, which operates like an automatic, is optional. The V6 Executive 4MOTION trim comes with a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, four-cylinder turbo models with the automated manual get 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class, though many four-cylinder rivals get better fuel economy. The V6 model gets 17/25 mpg, which is unimpressive for the class.

Most critics are satisfied with the acceleration provided by the VW CC’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a few even write that it matches the performance of some V6 engines. Reviewers agree that the V6-powered CC is quick, though some don’t think the improvement in acceleration over the four-cylinder model is enough to justify its higher cost.

  • "The 2015 Volkswagen CC's four-cylinder engine provides respectable acceleration and fuel economy. The V6 is stronger, but the step up in cost doesn't seem worth it to us given the minimal improvement in acceleration." -- Edmunds
  • "It moves with authority, yet acceleration is more smooth than rapid, rocket-like propulsion." -- Kelley Blue Book (V6)
  • "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 (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 VW CC comes standard with front-wheel drive, and V6 Executive 4MOTION models have all-wheel drive. According to automotive journalists, the CC’s suspension absorbs bumps well and its ride is firm, but comfortable. Some note that the CC has powerful brakes, nicely weighted steering and fairly agile handling for a sedan. However, others think it lacks the agility of sportier rivals, has disconnected steering and suffers from understeer, which makes it difficult to push hard in turns.

  • "While the CC's ride isn't cushy, it isn't overly firm, the balance between ride and handling is just about right." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In typical Germanic fashion, the ride is on the firm side, but the suspension still takes the edge off of most road imperfections. When cornering at reasonable speeds, the Volkswagen CC doesn't feel as sharp and controlled as a pure-bred sport sedan, but it's more than respectable as family sedans go." -- Edmunds
  • "Normally, I'm complaining about overly-light, over-boosted power steering, but I rather liked this setup." -- CNET (2014)
  • "The brakes deliver smooth, strong stopping action." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Understeer is the rule when cornering hard (much of the blame is to be directed at the all-season Continental ContiProContact rubber), and the steering tends to veer towards the numb side of things." -- Autoblog
Review Last Updated: 12/19/14

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