2011 Volkswagen CC

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Volkswagen CC. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Volkswagen CC

  • 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

2011 Volkswagen CC Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The CC debuted for 2009 as Volkswagen's latest luxury car. The CC stands for "comfort coupe," which is an attempt to define the vehicle's combination of a coupe-like body style and four doors. While the Passat and CC share a similar platform, the CC wears different sheet metal.

Unlike the Passat, which is only available with a four-cylinder engine, the CC comes with either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a V-6. All-wheel drive is also available. The CC comes in several trim levels: 2.0T Sport, Luxury, VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion.

New for 2011
Voice-controlled Bluetooth and VW's multimedia interface with an iPod cable are now standard on all models. Side airbags for the rear seats are no longer offered as an option. VW has reduced the number of individual options and created three new trim levels — the Lux, Lux Plus and Lux Limited — and if you want a V-6 CC, your only choice is the VR6 4Motion all-wheel-drive model; front-wheel drive is no longer offered with the V-6. The Sirius Satellite Radio free trial subscription has been reduced to three months from six.

Exterior

The CC features recent VW design elements also found on the Tiguan and Routan. Up front, the CC is defined by a pair of flared headlamps that flank a thin, wide grille. Unlike the Passat, the CC does not have chrome grille surrounds. The side profile arches upward along a well-defined center crease line, similar to the Mercedes C-Class.

Exterior features include:

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Vehicle Overview

The CC debuted for 2009 as Volkswagen's latest luxury car. The CC stands for "comfort coupe," which is an attempt to define the vehicle's combination of a coupe-like body style and four doors. While the Passat and CC share a similar platform, the CC wears different sheet metal.

Unlike the Passat, which is only available with a four-cylinder engine, the CC comes with either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a V-6. All-wheel drive is also available. The CC comes in several trim levels: 2.0T Sport, Luxury, VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion.

New for 2011
Voice-controlled Bluetooth and VW's multimedia interface with an iPod cable are now standard on all models. Side airbags for the rear seats are no longer offered as an option. VW has reduced the number of individual options and created three new trim levels — the Lux, Lux Plus and Lux Limited — and if you want a V-6 CC, your only choice is the VR6 4Motion all-wheel-drive model; front-wheel drive is no longer offered with the V-6. The Sirius Satellite Radio free trial subscription has been reduced to three months from six.

Exterior

The CC features recent VW design elements also found on the Tiguan and Routan. Up front, the CC is defined by a pair of flared headlamps that flank a thin, wide grille. Unlike the Passat, the CC does not have chrome grille surrounds. The side profile arches upward along a well-defined center crease line, similar to the Mercedes C-Class.

Exterior features include:

  • Blacked-out B-pillar helps achieve coupe look
  • Rear spoiler
  • Optional large panoramic sunroof

Interior

To differentiate the Passat sedan from the CC, it has chrome-finished gauges and unique door trim and radio/navigation buttons on the steering wheel. Front buckets and bucket-style seats in back give the CC seating capacity for four. The CC's passenger volume is identical to the Passat's, though the highly stylized design reduces cargo capacity. There's a center pass-through door between the two rear seats, and the seats can also fold down.

Interior features include:

  • Simulated leather upholstery standard
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Metal or wood trim
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional touch-screen audio system
  • Standard Bluetooth and iPod interface

Under the Hood

The CC has a wider track and lower ride height compared with the Passat. All CCs are equipped with a sport-tuned suspension and speed-sensitive steering. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder
  • Optional 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 4Motion all-wheel drive
  • Standard six-speed manual
  • Optional six-speed automatic with manual-shift controls on V-6
  • Optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission with the four-cylinder

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags (front seats)
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard active head restraints for front passengers
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional backup camera

 


Latest 2011 CC Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The Executive CC is the best car designed by VW.

by MT on March 15, 2018

5 stars in every category. Reliable and gets nonstop looks and compliments from everyone. Love this car and would purchase again. In a heartbeat. Recommend it highly. Read full review

(5.0)

Great car from a great dealer.

by Kells from Norfolk on February 13, 2018

Nice car with low miles. The car is very clean and a good deal. Saw the car online and was one of the best deal in the area. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Volkswagen CC currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Volkswagen CC Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CC received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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