2017 Volkswagen CC

Pros: Impressively upscale feel for the price; engaging driving dynamics; generous list of standard features

Cons: Stiff ride in R-Line model; rear-seat room, especially in center position; acceleration not as smooth as in most rivals

CG Says: For 2017, a manual transmission and a V6 engine are no longer available for the Volkswagen CC. The sole drivetrain is a 200-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automated-manual transmission. All CCs have front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive has also been discontinued. Forward-collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning are now standard on the topline 2.0T R-Line Executive trim. CC is a premium midsize four-door sedan, even though Volkswagen calls it a “coupe” because of its low, sloping roofline. CC is based on the Volkswagen Passat. Available features include steering-linked headlights, panoramic sunroof, and adaptive cruise control. The CC appeals for its strong and refined turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, impressive ride (R-Line excepted), solid handling, top-notch interior design, and standout looks. Good 4-cylinder fuel economy and pricing that undercuts most premium-midsize rivals are added bonuses. If you’re willing to sacrifice some passenger-hauling versatility for the sake of style, the CC is a compelling choice.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices 2.0T Sport: $34,475
2.0T R-Line Executive: $37,820

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31