Energetic and fuel efficient 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine
Coach quality interior
Long list of standard features
Only 4 seats for U.S. customers. European models have an optional rear bench seat.
Low rear headroom
A Nissan Versa has a bigger trunk than the CC
The stylish and sport 2011 Volkswagen CC was chosen as the "best buy among premium midsize cars" by Consumer Guide Automotive. The standard engine that powers the 2011 CC is Volkwagen's 2.0-liter turbocharged, 4-cylinder, producing 200-hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. 0 - 60 performance is 6.9 seconds with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox. EPA estimates fuel economy for CC with the 2.0L TSI engine are 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The optional 3.6-liter VR6 engine is much stronger at 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with the VR6 and 6-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission, the CC can get up to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. EPA estimates for the VR6 are 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the open highway.
The CC is available in Sport, Lux, and Executive models, with Sport and Lux models getting the four-cylinder engine and the Executive upgrading to the VR6 and 4Motionn all-wheel drive. All of the models, even the base Sport, come very well equipped. Bluetooth connectivity is now standard on all models, along with a new sound system that includes an auxiliary input and iPod connectivity. The navigation system in the CC is an all-new unit this year, while the top Dynaudio sound system is now only offered on the top Executive VR6.
Volkswagen CC's interior is outstanding and includes details like contrast stitching, contrast color themes for the upholstery, and pleasing, upscale trims that aren't typical in a car that starts well under the $30k mark.
Safety is not an afterthought with the VW CC. The 2011 CC includes Volkswagen's "Prevent and Preserve Safety System" as standard equipment. This system helps keep drivers and passengers safe during normal driving conditions, and reduce the severity and consequences of a possible crash.