The Volkswagen CC is a four-door, four-seat sedan, but Volkswagen calls it a coupe, and it could pass for an expensive luxury car, without the price. The styling is radical by Volkswagen standards, certainly eye-catching in its sleekness. The CC, for Comfort Coupe, was launched as an all-new model for 2009 and carries through 2010 unchanged.
The interior design and materials are exceptional; and the optional two-tone stitched leather bucket seats are downright Italian-like. The rear bucket seats accommodate just two in cozy comfort with decent legroom.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the six-speed Tiptronic transmission can pass for a powertrain that might be in a luxury sports sedan or coupe. Yet it retails for less than $30,000 taillights over the curb, making it a compelling value. The 2.0-liter engine makes 200 horsepower and gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg Highway on Premium fuel. We found it delightful underway, smooth and very responsive.
VR6 models use the dynamic VW 3.6-liter V6, now making 280 horsepower, and the Tiptronic. It's a great setup, though with its higher price the value equation isn't as compelling as it is with the 2.0.
We found the highway ride smooth and solid, firm but not harsh. The electromechanical steering makes parking easy. The brakes work very well.