I remember very well the first Volkswagen CC I ever saw over 4 years ago. As good as I am at identifying cars, I thought for sure it was a Mercedes CLS. The car was a real departure for VW and brought flocks of people into showrooms who had never driven a Volkswagen.
Enter stage left, the 2013 Volkswagen CC, freshly redesigned with a different grill and some other tweaks around the car. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I think the car is really sharp-looking, but not drastically different from last year’s model. The classic lines of the car remain, and it is a 4-door sedan that is very swept back and looks more like a coupe.
My evaluation car is the Sport Plus model. This is one step from the least expensive CC they make, but you would never guess it by looking at the outside or inside. This actual car is a pre-production car, meaning it was built before they actually started producing them. Car companies always tell you that in case something is wrong, but this car has been flawless.
The base engine in the CC is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with a turbocharger, rated at 200-horses. This car has a 6-speed automatic that has the tiptronic feature for those who like to control their own shifting. This is one of the larger mid-sized cars around, and you would not think any kind of 4-cylinder would be adequate, but it is. There is a 6-cylinder version available, but even for my lead foot, the 2.0T is fine.
Even the base CC comes well-appointed with power heated seats, Blue tooth connectivity, automatic headlights, power windows and locks, keyless entry, and a lot more niceties. It has a great stereo and automatic temperature controlled air conditioning. VW’s standard interior is a pleated leatherette. Apparently this is synthetic leather and more durable than real leather, you just don’t get that leather smell. Simply put, there is no stripped down CC. They start well-equipped and go up from there.
The Sport Plus package adds really good-looking 18” wheels, LED and adaptive headlights, and touchscreen navigation system, all items I really like on this car.
One big change for 2013 is for the first time, the CC is a five-passenger by definition. I say that because the poor schmuck that gets hung in the middle in not going to be a happy camper. The sloped roof limits headroom, and if this car had a sunroof, it would be really tight for someone over 6-feet tall. It has a ton of trunk space!
The driving dynamics of the CC are very good, it handles nicely and is quite pleasurable to drive. My first glance at the window sticker gave me pause-it seemed high-but after experiencing the car, I think the price is fine.
What I liked most: The looks of the outside, the fuel economy, and the way it drives.
What I would change: Just a little better ride quality without sacrificing handling.
MSRP: As equipped, $33,670
Fuel Economy: Rated at 22 City/31 Highway, so far I am getting 28 combined.
2012 VW CC in a few words: A real head-turner that won’t break the bank.