That might be a bold statement, but it doesn’t come with any tinge of hyperbole, either.
There’s a lot to like about the CC. It’s body dimensions convey the look of a luxury car and the interior does its best to make you feel like you’re in the same environment. It also has a choice of powertrains that you can pick depending on your preference.
And best of all, you know that you’re not going to burn any holes in your pockets by buying one. Sure, getting the top-of-the-line 3.6 VR6 4MOTION Executive might be a stretch at $42,895, but all other models fall in the range of $32,000 to $38,000.
At the very least, you know you’re getting a ride that’s worth the money.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen CC.
While the Volkswagen Passat gets more of the mainstream attention, it can be argued that the CC deserves its own turn in the spotlight. We like the Passat, we really do; it’s just that when comparing the two, the CC’s elegance stands out more than anything else.
Its shape is what could be best described as in constant motion, seamlessly integrating the flowing roof with cuts and edges that convey shapely class and luxury. And speaking of class, the CC also benefits from getting a variety of fancy equipment, including the exterior lights that feature bi-xenons, LEDs, and LED daytime running lights.
CC R-Line models take the whole sportiness of the CC to the next level. It comes with a new body kit, side skirts, large fog light housings and of course, a new set of 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
2014 Volkswagen CC - Exterior Dimensions
|Front Track||61.1 in|
|Rear Track||61.4 in|
|Ground Clearance||4.9/4.7 in|
2014 Volkswagen CC - Standard Exterior Features
- Fully galvanized sheet metal
- Front and rear body-colored bumpers with chrome accents
- Heat-insulated glass
- Tinted glass
- Chrome front grille surround and louvers with chrome accents
- Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights with low-speed corner-illuminating feature
- Automatic headlights with Coming Home feature
- Halogen reflector lens foglights, integrated into front bumper
- Headlights-on warning tone (tone sounds when driver’s door is open and ignition key is removed)
- LED taillights
- LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
- LED license plate lighting
- Center high-mounted stop light above rear window
- Power-operated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
- Chrome window trim
- Chrome-plated side protective strips
- Space-saving spare tire
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
For what you get on the impressive exterior of the CC, it’s interior isn’t too far off, either. High-quality materials adorn the cabin, no more distinguishable than the metal trim accents, the leather trim, and plush and comfortable seats. The center console is a little too simple for its style, but we’re going to let that pass.
What really bothers us about the CC’s cabin are the rear seats, which feel a little cramped compared to what you’re going to get with the Passat. Trunk space is also compromised, although that could be easily remedied by just folding the rear seats to expand the cargo area.
If anything, the interior of the CC doesn’t lack in features. On the technological end, specifically, customers will get the treat of discovering that the CC is Bluetooth capable, has a * SiriusXM Satellite Radio with three-month trial subscription, has AUX-in for portable audio players, and a Media Device Interface (MDI) with an iPod cable.
2014 Volkswagen CC - Interior Dimensions
|Passenger Volume||93.6 cu. ft.|
|Cargo Volume||13.2 cu. ft.|
|Front Volume||50.4 cu. ft.|
|Front Headroom||37.4 in|
|Front Shoulder room||56.0 in|
|Front Legroom||41.6 in|
|Rear Volume||43.2 cu. ft.|
|Rear Headroom||36.6 in|
|Rear Shoulder room||54.7 in|
|Rear Legroom||37.3 in|
2014 Volkswagen CC - Standard Interior Features
- Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
- Anti-theft vehicle alarm system
- Immobilizer III theft-deterrent system
- Cruise control
- Front and rear floor mats
- Speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip odometer, fuel gauge, coolant temperature, clock, and outside temperature
- Multi-function trip computer
- Emergency key (stored in key fob) 2 key fobs with lock, unlock, rear trunk release, panic button, and selectable access valet key feature
- Three 12V power outlets: 1 in front center console, 1 in center console for rear seating positions, and 1 in cargo area
- Interior front center dome light with time delay and two reading lights
- Remote releases for trunk and fuel filler door with valet lock out, located on driver’s side door
- Radio remote controlled central locking operated from inside
- Automatic locking feature (doors lock when vehicle reaches 8 mph, unlock automatically upon airbag deployment)
- Self-dimming rearview mirror with on/off switch
- Driver and front passenger visor vanity mirrors, sliding, illuminated and with covers
- 8 speakers
- AUX-in for portable audio players
- Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® cable
- Bluetooth with audio streaming
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
The 2014 Volkswagen CC is being offered with two unique engines: a 2.0-liter, in-line-four, turbocharged engine and a bigger 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. The former produces 200 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 207 pound-feet of torque at 1,700 rpm while the latter delivers 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 265 pound-feet of torque.
Performance numbers for both engines haven’t been announced, but we anticipate the 2.0 to be able to sprint from 0 to 60 in eight seconds with a top speed of 120 mph while the V-6 should hit 60 in a little over seven seconds with a top speed of about 135 mph.
|CC 2.0 T||CC V6 4Motion|
|Type||2.0L inline four cylinder, 16V, turbocharged/intercooled, TSI||3.6L FSI, 10.6° VR6, 6 cylinder, 24 valve with direct injection|
|Bore||3.25 in||3.5 in|
|Stroke||3.65 in||3.8 in|
|Displacement||121 cu. in.||219.0 cu. in.|
|Horsepower (SAE) @ rpm||200 hp @ 5100||280 hp @ 6200|
|Maximum torque, lb - ft @ rpm||207 lb-ft @ 1700||265 lb-ft @ 2750|
Suspensions and Brakes
All 2014 CC models come equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, including a strut-type suspension with coil springs and telescopic dampers, low-mounted lightweight forged-aluminum control arms, and an anti-roll bar in the front and a compact multilink coil-sprung suspension with upper and lower transverse arms, and a longitudinal link on each side to control wheel location at the back. It sounds complicated to think about, but the whole setup allows for a more comfortable ride that should sit well with drivers and passengers.
As far as brakes are concerned, the CC features an anti-lock braking system with a special wiping component that allows for quicker response on wet roads. The Sport and Lux CC models are fitted with 12.3-inch vented discs up front, and solid 11.1-inch rotors for the rear, while the VR6 model moves up to 13.4-inch vented discs for the front and 12.2-inch solid rotors at the back.
Beginning at $31,795 for the base CC 2.0T Sport manual model, the CC’s price tag goes all the way up to $42,895 for the top-of-the-line 3.6 VR6 4MOTION Executive model.
|Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport manual||$31,795|
|Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport automatic||$32,895|
|Volkswagen CC 2.0T R-Line manual||$33,025|
|Volkswagen CC 2.0T R-Line automatic||$34,125|
|Volkswagen CC 2.0T Exclusive||$37,395|
|Volkswagen CC 3.6 VR6 4MOTION Executive||$42,895|
One of the toughest competitors for the Volkswagen CC is the recently launched Infiniti Q50. Notwithstanding the fact that its completely new and comes with a boatload of new technological gizmos and gadgetry, the Q50 also has some plushness and style to it that makes for an ideal combination of visual appeal and top-grade performance.
Speaking of performance, the Q50 is powered by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.
The Q50 is priced from $36,700.
Gallery Infiniti Q50
The Lexus ES350 is another car that’s worth your attention if you’re looking for one in this segment. It is powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with Dual VVT-i combined with a six-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). This system delivers a total of 268 horsepower.
The ES350 is priced from $36,370.
Gallery Lexus ES
Taking everything about the CC into consideration, we’re surprised that it’s not getting nearly the same amount of publicity as the Passat. But this jewel in Volkswagen’s lineup is ready to hit prime time, folks. And if you know what you’re looking for is a somewhat luxurious midsize sedan, you need to give the CC serious consideration.
- Body looks sexy
- Versatile engine choices
- Reasonably priced
- Rear seats feel cramped
- Lots of other options
Gallery Volkswagen CC
Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Volkswagen CC’s sweeping roofline, dramatic body detailing, low-to-the-ground stance, and elegant frameless side windows, offers expressive, head-turning coupe-like design for the cost of a traditional sedan.
New for 2014
Fresh from a redesign in 2013, the CC carries over into 2014 with few but significant updates, including the introduction of standard navigation and VW Car-Net™ connected services to all CC models. VW Car-Net—which has a six-month no-charge trial period—offers a wealth of security and convenience features, including Automatic Crash Notification, access to roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location assistance. In addition, VW Car-Net adds: remote vehicle access; boundary and speed alerts; a vehicle health report; and an enhanced POI service. Most of the features can be administered through a handy iPhone® or Android® smartphone app.
A new trim, 2.0T Executive, offers many of the features found on the range-topping CC VR6® 4Motion® Executive. Amenities include: RNS 510 premium navigation system with four-year SiriusXM® Traffic and three-month trial to SiriusXM Travel Link™; Keyless access and push-button start; leather seating surfaces; sunroof;18-inch “St. Louis” aluminum-alloy wheels; ambient lighting; engineered ebony interior trim, and available Truffle Brown interior. One brand-new feature found on the Executive trims is a hands-free easy-open trunk feature, which opens the trunklid with a swipe of a foot under the rear bumper and keys in pocket.
The design team, led by Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the Volkswagen brand, was the brains behind the CC model’s overall look inside and out. At the front of the car, one’s eye is drawn to the CC’s radiator grille, Bi-Xenon headlights, and hood design, which correspond closely to the clean lines of Volkswagen’s “design DNA”—with an emphasis on horizontal lines and precise harmony between the headlights and radiator grille. Like the Passat, the CC also has an extra air intake beneath the bumper. The foglights are housed inside “winglets” that are integrated in this intake.
The striking headlights on the CC feature Bi-Xenon technology. LED Daytime Running Lights are integrated in the headlight design and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)—which can turn the beams by up to 15 degrees around corners to help increase visibility—is also featured.
At the rear, the CC’s distinctive LED taillights finish with a horizontal sweep at their lower ends. The distinctive look of these lights makes the CC unmistakable from the rear, day or night. The license plate is illuminated with LED lighting as well.
Compared with the Sport model, the R-Line gains a more aggressive front bumper design that incorporates a large lower air intake and projector-style foglights that have a striking chrome motif. Side skirts and the R-Line logo on the grille further differentiate it from the Sport model, along with unique and dramatic 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The CC’s cabin is as stylish and design-led as its bold exterior. Each CC model features a blend of luxurious materials, rich textures, and intuitive controls. V-Tex Leatherette or leather seating surfaces are offered and are available in both solid and two-tone color schemes. The front seats are heatable and come with standard 12-way power adjustment, with four-way power lumbar and adjustment for height. Electronic seat ventilation is included on the front seats of the VR6 4Motion Executive model.
Up front, a leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel features integrated controls for the CC’s multimedia system. The gauges are surrounded by chrome trim, which extends through the CC Sport range, while the CC 2.0T Executive and VR6 models feature either dark brushed aluminum or engineered ebony trim. The R-Line features stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates, and the DSG® equipped model sports paddle shifters on its multifunction steering wheel.
All CC models feature the Climatronic® automatic climate control system. Typical of the attention to detail in the CC, the system features a humidity sensor located near the rear-view mirror. This measures air humidity and controls the Climatronic system to help prevent condensation and maintain the relative humidity in the passenger compartment at a pleasant level. Another benefit of the system is that the humidity sensor permits operation of the air conditioning compressor only when needed.
A variety of entertainment options are available with the CC. The 2.0T Sport comes with an RNS 315 touchscreen navigation system, rearview camera, SD memory card reader, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription. Bluetooth® connectivity and Media Device Interface (MDI) with an iPod® cable are also standard. The Executive trims have Volkswagen’s sophisticated RNS 510 navigation system that features a 6.5-inch color touchscreen, a 30GB hard drive with 18GB of music storage, a three-month trial of SiriusXM Travel Link™, a four-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic™, and rearview camera display.
For the flagship VR6 4Motion model, there’s a remarkable Dynaudio® premium sound system, with 10-speakers (four tweeters, two midrange, four woofers) powered by a 600-watt amplifier and Digital Sound Processor (DSP) technology.
To add to the versatility and flexibility of the CC, the rear seatback is split 60/40 and folds forward to connect the trunk to the cabin to increase load space. There’s also a pass-through behind the armrest to accommodate longer items, like skis. Another interior feature is remote latching for the rear seatback. Levers mounted under the rear shelf on the right and left sides of the trunk make it easy to unlatch both sections of the split seatback. The trunk itself has a capacity of 13.2 cubic feet.
Engines and Transmissions
The CC features the award-winning, 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI® four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower and the 3.6-liter narrow-angle VR6 engine that produces 280 horsepower.
All 2.0-liter models are front-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. The six-speed transversely-mounted DSG unit features two wet clutches with hydraulic pressure regulation. One clutch controls the ’odd’ gears—first, third, fifth, and reverse—while the other operates the even gears. With DSG, the set-up allows the next-higher gear to be engaged, but remain on standby until it is actually selected. In other words, if the CC is being driven in third gear, fourth is selected but not yet activated. As soon as the ideal shift point is reached, the clutch on the third-gear side opens, the other clutch closes and fourth gear engages under accurate electronic supervision.
Since the opening and closing actions of the two clutches overlap, a smooth gearshift results and the entire shift process is completed in less than four-hundredths of a second. In addition to its fully automatic shift mode, DSG has a Tiptronic® function to permit manual gear selection. Mated to the manual transmission, the 2.0T achieves EPA estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
The VR6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic shifting and paddle shifters, driving through all four wheels. Producing 265 lb-ft of torque, the 3.6-liter VR6 offers refined, responsive performance. The EPA estimated fuel economy numbers are 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
All 2014 CC models are equipped with a sport-tuned suspension to satisfy the driver looking for lively, involving handling coupled with a smooth, comfortable ride for daily driving.
Up front, there’s a strut-type suspension with coil springs and telescopic dampers, low-mounted lightweight forged-aluminum control arms, and an anti-roll bar. At the rear, the CC has a compact multilink coil-sprung suspension with upper and lower transverse arms and a longitudinal link on each side to control wheel location. It’s a sophisticated arrangement that helps deliver controllable, dynamic handling with a comfortable ride and reduced body roll.
The rear suspension components are mounted in a subframe made of high-tensile steel to help reduce weight and increase rigidity. The subframe is also acoustically decoupled from CC’s bodyshell to aid in significantly lessening road noise and vibration.
An electro-mechanical, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system with variable speed assistance helps ensure driver confidence. Advantages of the system include its mild self-centering action and its ability to help compensate for different driving hazards such as crosswinds and steep road cambers as it dispenses with the usual engine-driven pump.
Braking is controlled by the CC’s Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with a special wiping feature that helps keep the discs dry and clean for quicker response on wet roads. The Sport and Lux CC models are fitted with 12.3-inch vented discs up front, and solid 11.1-inch rotors for the rear. The VR6 model moves up to 13.4-inch vented discs for the front and 12.2-inch solid rotors at the back.
4MOTION® all-wheel drive
The flagship CC model comes standard with Volkswagen’s proven 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system for even more dynamic handling and nearly all-weather traction.
The system delivers drive to all four wheels without any buttons to press or levers to pull. A Haldex® center differential can continuously vary the drive force between the front and rear axles depending on the traction available. When accelerating hard from standstill, for example, front-wheel slip is prevented by the system’s ability to direct nearly 100 percent of the drive torque to the rear wheels. The 4MOTION system also helps provide sure-footed traction over virtually all surfaces, as well as optimum straight-line stability, even in crosswinds.
Safety and Security
Safety and security in the CC starts with a strong, rigid, laser-seam-welded bodyshell and crash-optimized, energy-absorbing front end. For those inside, there’s the protection of a suite of airbags that includes front and side thorax airbags from the driver and front seat passenger, and Side Curtain Protection® head airbags for those in both the front and rear seats. Three-point safety belts have belt-force limiters for all the seats.
The CC also features include front head restraints that adjust fore-and-aft as well as up-and-down. In this design, the head restraint can be pulled forward and, because it lies closer to the head, further helps reduce the risk of whiplash in a crash.
A number of aids and enhancements work seamlessly with the CC’s drivetrain and suspension to help get the car and its occupants to their destination safely. They include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), and Engine Braking Assist (EBA).
Every CC also includes the advanced Volkswagen Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard warning lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions.
And for real peace of mind, the CC, like every Volkswagen, is covered under the no-charge Carefree Maintenance® Program. Scheduled maintenance is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty—two years or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first.