2009 Volkswagen CC

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2009 Volkswagen CC

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Sporty styling
  • Luxury interior
  • Impressive engines
  • State-of-art navigation option
  • Good optional stereo

The bad:

  • Easy to bump head getting in and out
  • Premium gas preferred
  • Plastic console between rear seats
  • Keyfob ignition is awkward
  • Price creeps into luxury zone

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Coupe styling with four doors
  • Based on Passat sedan
  • Four-seater
  • V-6 or turbo four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2009 Volkswagen CC review: Our expert's take

By David Thomas

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Because reviewers often drive new cars before they’ve hit dealers’ lots, we occasionally draw stares. More often, though, no one notices what we’re driving because the cars tend to be sedate, everyday transportation. Volkswagen sedans certainly hadn’t elicited any special notice in the past, but the new CC, even in its base Sport trim, drew plenty of looks during my weeklong test.

The CC was originally named the Passat CC because it is essentially a stylized version of the company’s long-running sedan. The longer name, however, reinforced the fact that the changes were only skin deep, and even though it’s since been shortened to CC, I was still left wondering why the car exists at all.

That was before my test drive. After gawking strangers asked me questions in a Costco parking lot and several passers-by stared β€” behavior usually reserved for wild, bright-orange muscle cars, not pale-blue German sedans β€” I now understand why the CC exists. Aesthetics are also likely the reason why the CC is off to a solid start, easily outselling its blander Passat stablemate.

Of course, its fun-to-drive, gas-friendly turbo engine and terrific handling don’t hurt, and β€” surprise, surprise β€” I didn’t find the sloping rear as impractical as it looks like it would be. Even so, the CC still faces a lot of tough competition when you start thinking with your head instead of your eyes.

CC Levels
The new models we test are usually loaded with every option under the sun, lifting their prices beyond the reach of most of the car shoppers we write for. This time, however, my test car was the most stripped the CC comes β€” a CC Sport base trim level with front-wheel drive, a turbo four-cylinder engine and only one option: Sirius Satellite Radio, for $375. The sticker after destination was $28,225. It comes pretty well-equipped at that price, but it did have a six-speed manual transmission, which most buyers aren’t looking for. Heated, power, imitation-leather seats; a six-CD stereo; steering-wheel audio controls; a trip computer; and 17-inch wheels are all standard at that price. A quick look at local inventories show dealers with quite a few of these lower-priced models on lots, so this isn’t a rare find, as the least-expensive versions of some cars are.

You can, however, move up in price and accoutrements quite easily. The better-equipped turbo-four, dubbed “Luxury,” comes with a standard automatic transmission and starts at $32,350. It also comes with real leather seats, a moonroof, dual-zone climate control and parking sensors.

A V-6 is next in line, called the VR6 Sport, though it features the same amenities as the Luxury trim, plus bi-xenon headlights and 18-inch wheels. It starts at $38,700.

The VR6 4Motion is the top trim level. It adds all-wheel drive for $39,800.

Exterior
What you get with any trim level is the curvaceous, swoopy, rakish rear end that VW’s designers slapped onto the CC. I’m still not sold on the ludicrously large taillights, though that angle looks better in some colors than in others. As I said before, beauty seemed to be in the eye of a lot of beholders I came across; they openly stared at the CC, apparently envious of its lines, including a plain-old Passat owner who pulled up next to me at Costco. He asked, “It just looks different, right?” Meaning his car was still beautiful on the inside. And that’s what should count, right?

Interior
Once inside, I was a bit surprised at the CC’s level of luxury β€” or lack thereof. VWs generally have upscale interiors for the price, but starting at $27,100 and reaching near $40,000, I found the CC’s digs wanting. The leatherette seating was acceptable; like a famous scene in “Pulp Fiction,” in which hitmen tried to disguise a bloody car interior, it’s good enough to look fine at a passing glance. Get stopped by car connoisseurs, however, and they’ll spot the faux leather instantly. Its texture is a bit rubbery, and on hot days it may remind those old enough to remember of vinyl seats. I’d prefer a high-end fabric like Volvo uses on its base models, though at least the leatherette should be easy to keep clean.

The dash materials also give off a cheap feel that even the domestic automakers have left behind. There’s too much shiny gray plastic, the air-conditioning controls are chintzy, and the top of the dash just didn’t look right, especially when hit by the sun. The gauges, though, are sharp-looking, and other areas, like the doors, maintain that high-level feel that VW is known for.

The driver’s seat is quite comfortable, and the roominess of the rear seats was shocking. When the CC debuted, I laughed and thought it would be as impractical in back as other four-door coupes, like the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Not so; the CC’s rear is much more than livable. The only comfort issues will likely stem from the curving overhang at the door. There for style, it curves upward into a spacious roof, so you basically just have to duck when you get in.

I even managed to fit both our 18-month-old son’s convertible child-safety seat β€” forward-facing β€” behind the driver and our 8-week-old daughter’s infant seat behind the passenger. My wife had to move her seat up a bit to accommodate the infant seat, but she still wasn’t as cramped after doing so as she is in our own Subaru Outback in the same setup. Unlike the reviewers at MotherProof.com, I had no problem installing the child seats in the CC. The bases of each were either wide enough or could adjust for the depression in the seat bottom.

The missing middle seat probably won’t be missed by many. Take a second and try to think of the last time you ferried five passengers. Done? Would that stop you from buying this car? I’d gladly take the well-done cupholders instead. Those will be especially appreciated if you have older children or beverage-loving adult passengers.

Performance
The base model came with VW’s turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It’s used in numerous VW and Audi models, and it’s one of our editors’ favorite engines. In a larger sedan like the CC, it moves the weight crisply, and it’s quite fun to drive with the easy-shifting manual, especially when moving through highway traffic. There’s always plenty of passing power, and mileage is quite good, at 21/31 mpg city/highway.

The ride was noticeably rough even on the base 17-inch wheels. Jolts from highway expansion joints were brutally sharp, though road noise was minimal. VW calls this the “Sport” trim, but that doesn’t mean there are added performance parts. Considering the car itself isn’t pushing the boundaries of performance sedans in terms of handling or outright power, I’m not sure they couldn’t have cushioned the ride a bit more. I had no issues with the front-wheel-drive setup in terms of torque steer.

Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder tested the top trim level, a VR6 with all-wheel drive, and had these comments on the performance: “The six-cylinder adds the expected oomph, but like most cars these days that offer an engine upgrade, it seems unnecessary, even in the 4Motion all-wheel-drive version I drove. The all-wheel drive made for confident travels in winter weather, and even though the wheels were larger than David’s car β€” at 18 inches β€” and the pavement was ravaged by winter, I thought the ride quality was reasonable. Not exceptionally comfortable, but reasonable. I think the V-6 engine only exaggerates the value conundrum David lays out. The new model already has a lot of competition, and raising the starting price to $38,700 for a less-efficient motor that you don’t really need puts it in line with more luxurious models. And if you want all-wheel drive, which only comes with the V-6, you can find that for less than the CC VR6 4Motion’s $39,800.”

Cargo
When you take a gander at the CC’s sloping roof and funky tail, it’s easy to assume there isn’t much trunk room. That would be wrong. At 13 cubic feet, it’s bigger than the Acura TSX’s 12.6 cubic feet but smaller than the Honda Accord’s 14 cubic feet. After thorough testing at Costco, then emptying a rented storage space of baby swings and other kid gear, I can tell you there is no wanting for space in this trunk.

While sliding a large case of bottled water to the back of the trunk, I actually fell in because of how deep the trunk was. Another case could have easily fit in front of it. An umbrella stroller fit lengthwise, too, leaving a ton of room to the side to load more bulky gear. We can’t even do that in our Outback’s expansive cargo area.

There’s a bin to the right of the trunk made of sturdy plastic that held a full gallon of milk in place with room to spare.

VW CC in the Market
The CC does an impressive job mixing stylish looks with adequate performance, good mileage and a lot of surprising practicality. However, even in stripped form, at a price of $28,000, the competition is stiff. Buyers will not only be cross-shopping other near-luxury rides, like the Acura TSX ($29,310 with leather and moonroof standard) and the new Buick LaCrosse ($27,085), but also entry-level luxury cars like the Audi A4 ($31,450) or the top trim levels of non-luxury sedans like the Honda Accord EX-L ($28,705), Mazda6 Grand Touring ($28,390) and Ford Fusion SEL ($27,435).

That’s not a position to envy from a competitive standpoint. With the exception of the LaCrosse, which is itself just hitting dealerships this summer, I’ve tested all the models mentioned above, and the CC doesn’t offer much of an advantage to any of them, even though it is a very solid all-around car.

That means the CC’s styling might win out for some prospective buyers. It’s just a good thing the rest of the car won’t let those people down.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

3.6

2004 Passat was a better car

The size was great but the driving was horrible it stay n the shop more than I drove it it had 28000 miles when bought the engine light has been a problem

3.6

I love to drive this car but you need a fat wallet

Every few months something else costs $600 to $1200 to fix. It's a great car to drive over short hauls or that 11 hour drive to family.

5.0

MY BEAUTIFUL CC NETTYB

Allow me to start out by saying I LOVE MY BABY (my 2009 VW cc)! I bought my CC in 2018 from a car lot. It has black exterior and black and light tan interior! She's a beautiful sight to see. I can't see why the previous owner got rid of it. I am the second owner and the Carfax checked out perfect. It drives like a new vehicle. Here's how everything took place. My daughter and I went shopping for me a vehicle. We looked and test droved many vehicles but nothing was catching my eyes neither was I feeling the vehicles. Well, we had decided that we were done looking for the day and we'll go looking again tomorrow. But as we were getting ready to leave my daughter saw this car hidden in the cut as if they were trying to hide it. My daughter loudly said mom, look at that car over there how do you like it? I said OMG, it looks beautiful from here. So we got closer to the vehicle and it was history from that point on. I felt in love with it. But I had to make sure there wasn't any major issues with the vehicle. I test drove I test drove and I test drove it, I inspected it, inspected it and inspected it (lol πŸ˜‚). I never owned a foreign car before. Before we started test driving the vehicle I asked the salesman if he can put more gas in the vehicle because we're gonna go for a long test drive (I was always told that they keep a small amount of gas in the vehicle to prevent the customers from wanting to test drive longer). I asked him why was the car hidden away? He said that a man wanted to purchase it but he hasn't came to do so yet. While I was doing the paperwork on the vehicle the man and his wife showed up to purchase the vehicle. They had some words with each other and I remember the salesman telling him " I waited for you to show up even tried to hide the car so no one could see it but you never showed up at the time you said you would so I had to sell it". Now back to my story. My CC was and still ranks at a top 10 from the inside and outside. It had over 100,000 miles and it runs like a champ. I did the normal things to it like changed the oil, gave it a tune-up. I did have an issue with the carbon buildup of which when I took it to Volkswagen they said it would be a 3,000 job. I said are you crazy and the devil is a lieπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I did some research on YouTube and discovered that I could put this stuff (I can't remember the name of the stuff I used) in the gas tank and the line to blow it out and it WORKED (cost a little over 10.00 dollars for a can). I had to replace a small hose leading to the radiator because it was brittle and it callapsed. I also had to replace the oil sensor which was a few dollars (VW said they would replace it for hundreds of dollars but I did it myself (very easy to do). I also had to have a bulb to one of the headlights replaced (I went on and let a shop do it for 40.00, VW said it would be over 100.00). Those are the only issues I've had with my beautiful CC. I get a lot of compliments from people all the time. People have even taken pictures of my CC. She's beautiful I tell you. People will often ask me, what kind of car is this I've never seen anything like it before, it is beautiful? When I tell them it's a 2009 they just cannot believe it. I have to admit, I ran across an amazing deal when I purchased my cc. I believe that the previous only used it to go on road trips alone because the back seats and the passenger seat looks like they've never been sat it at all. I keeps it very clean. When people opens the door to get in they say WOW this is a beautiful clean car on the inside and the outside. My CC is loaded with everything and I'm constantly learning more and more features about it. Yes I have the camera on the back. This is the best car I've ever own and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Oh, by the way she (NettyB my car) looks even more glamorous with her eyelashes. Yes you heard correctly, she wears eyelashes πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.(eyelashes for cars). I will have to invest in getting some more tires in about another year. I love the fact that I don't have to pay to have my vehicle washed anymore because being a VW owner I get free carwash service. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE 2009 VOLKSWAGEN CC TO EVERYONE!!! Make sure you get a good one. Oh, did I mentioned that I work on cars myself? That's why I was able to do a good drive testing and inspection of the vehicle and the work that needed to be done. Go get your 2009 cc today! Agape Love to All!πŸ’œβ€οΈ

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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