VW’s coupe-like four-door sedan trades some practicality for a serious helping of sleek and sophisticated design; pretty much a rollover year, other than a new top-end Executive 4MOTION trim level.
A 200-horsepower turbo-four carries over; 280-horsepower V6 combined with all-wheel-drive is standard for the Executive 4MOTION.
The CC is the kind of sedan that most people would like to be seen in, even though stuffing a family load of people and possessions inside could prove a bit challenging. In the CC’s case it’s form over function and with its seductive looks, function rides in the back seat. Compared to the vanilla Passat sedan, the low-roofed CC is about four inches shorter between the front and rear wheels, although it’s only about two inches shorter in overall length. The base 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine connects to your choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed direct shift (automated-manual) paddle-shift gearbox (DSG). This option is designed to produce rapid-fire gear changes that make it fun and fuel-efficient at the same time. For extra performance there’s an available 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 for the newly named and range-topping Executive 4MOTION (all-wheel-drive). For this model, the only transmission is a regular six-speed automatic. CC trim levels begin with the Sport that features automatic climate control, 12-way power front seats touch-screen-activated sound system and adaptive high-intensity-discharge headlights that pivot in the direction the car is turning. The R-Line adds navigation and 18-inch wheels (17-inch wheels are standard), while the Executive brings a power sunroof and interior ambient lighting to the party. The Executive 4MOTION comes loaded with a power rear sunshade (appreciated in a vehicle with a heat-seeking fastback window), heated and cooled front seats with driver’s massage function, and front and rear proximity sensors to help drivers park without hitting anything, or anyone.
Base price (incl. destination): $32,600
Type: Four-door sedan
Base engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (200)
Optional engine (hp): 3.6-liter DOHC V6 (280)
Layout: Front engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed DSG automated manual; six-speed automatic (std. on 4MOTION).
MPG (city/hwy): 21/32 (2.0, MT)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; rear side-impact airbags (opt.); anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 3,360