Volkswagen’s CC is a derivative of the Passat sedan that has existed in one form or another for 40 years. The CC was introduced as a 2009 model and was first viewed at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. With the same wheelbase as the Passat (106.7”), the CC is an inch longer (188.9”), two inches closer to the ground (5”), and an inch and a half wider (73”) with what Volkswagen likes to call “sports car” dynamics. Weight of the five-passenger, front-wheel drive sedan is 3,450 lbs.
I recently tested a CC, one with an M.S.R.P. of $33,020, including freight charges and a base price of $32,195. The vehicle was the “R-Line” version of the CC, which meant it had the turbocharged, intercooled 2.0 liter 4-cylinder (200 hp/207 lb. ft.) direct-injected engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The R-Line has specific fascia on the side of the car and on the bumpers, as well as 18”, ten-spoke alloy wheels. Tires mounted on this CC were Continental 235/40R18 95H Conti ProContact m & s radials. The grill with its fog lights and the trunk with its built-in spoiler were particularly attractive.
Acceleration of the R-Line is reportedly zero to 60 in 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 126 mph. Rear wheel drive would be nice for stomping on the gas because the mud and snow tires like to break loose, but on snow the entire setup would provide pleasure, I’m sure. I enjoyed the maneuverability of the CC as well as highway manners and sound level. EPA ratings for the drive train is 21 and 32, city/highway, and overall rating is 25 mpg. I observed 24 mpg during my 300 miles in the Volkswagen.
The CC seating is covered in V-Tex black leatherette upholstery, and the buckets were heated and supportive. The five passenger classification does not allow for three full-size rear passengers, in reality, but the safety gear is on hand, nonetheless, for such travel. All the expected power equipment and connectivity was installed in the CC, including backup camera and navigation, but no moon roof was present.
I drove the CC to the Greeley KELS FM radio studios for a showing, and five individuals came out and made very positive remarks about the car. They jumped in the driver’s seat, peeked into the 13.2 cubic foot trunk, and gazed at the turbocharged power plant; pretty much all positive. This was the fifth Volkswagen I have tested, and once again I’d have to say it belongs on the mid-size sedan shoppers’ list of prospective purchases (or leases).