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.
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
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 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