If you need proof that Volkswagen wants to be the world’s number one automaker, look no further than the Volkswagen CC four-door coupe. Critics will point out that the CC is redundant, since it’s roughly the same size as the Passat but offers less functionality. There’s room for four passengers, not five, and the plunging roofline restricts the back seat to those of average-or-lower height.
Fans of the brand, however, won’t care, since the CC is a rather stunning design. It looks like a luxury car and can be equipped with content to mirror a luxury car; in fact, the only thing missing is the luxury-car price tag. Passion, pure and simple, is the strongest argument for buying a Volkswagen CC.
All but the range-topping VR6 4Motion Executive version come powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for a conservatively rated 200 horsepower. Both a six-speed manual and a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox are available throughout most of the range, and power goes to the front wheels (except in the aforementioned 4Motion variant). Fuel economy is impressive, with four-cylinder turbo CC models getting an EPA estimated 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
Opt for the VR6 4Motion Executive variant, and you’ll get a 3.6-liter V-6, good for 280 horsepower and mated to a conventional six-speed automatic. It also comes with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive for sure-footed traction regardless of weather, but expect to pay a penalty at the gas pump: the six-cylinder, AWD CC gets an EPA rating of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
Don’t expect the CC to handle like a GTI, either. Steering is a bit detached, and the VR6 engine makes the car feel significantly nose-heavy. Brakes can be hard to modulate, too, although they’re more than up to the task of stopping the CC in a competent manner.
As with most VW models, there’s a dizzying array of available models and trim lines, including Sport, R-Line, Lux, Lux Plus, Lux Limited and VR6 4Motion. Even the Sport models come well equipped, with amenities such as Bluetooth phone integration, iPod connectivity, automatic climate control, heated and powered seats and an eight speaker audio system. Opt for higher trim models, and you’ll get things like a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a Dynaudio sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control and brushed aluminum trim.
If you’re looking for a sport sedan, the CC is likely to disappoint. If you’re looking for a sporty sedan with a unique sense of style, the CC just may be the ride you’ve been looking for.
For complete details on the 2012 Volkswagen CC, see our full review on The Car Connection.