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2010 Volkswagen CC

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2010 Volkswagen CC Review

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Based on the popular Passat platform, the 2010 Volkswagen CC "four-door" coupe casts off the stoic styling of its older brother, adding a sporty and elegant appeal to a functional four-door sedan. Unlike the Passat, the CC can still be had with a choice of four or six-cylinder engines, a manual or automatic transmission and front or 4MOTION all-wheel-drive. Of course, traditional sedan buyers probably won't be happy with the un-sedan like rear seat accommodations, lack of a folding rear seat and four-passenger seating, but, as Billy Crystal once mused, "sometimes, darling, it's better to look good than to feel good." Bearing more than just a passing resemblance to the ultra-luxururious, ultra-expensive Mercedes-Benz CLS, the 2010 Volkswagen CC plays more in the same league as the Nissan Maxima, Acura TL and Chrysler 300.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you sometimes need the versatility of four-doors, but don't mind sacrificing some interior accommodations in exchange for a stylish exterior that is super-car chic, the CC may be the right choice for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you sometimes need to carry more than four passengers, have tall kids or require the added space afforded by a folding rear seat (the CC has only a small pass-through), the Passat may be a better choice.

What's New for 2010

The Volkswagen CC sees no major changes for 2010.

Driving the CC

Driving Impressions The 2010 VW CC is a wonderful driver's car. The steering is precise without too much assist, the suspension strikes just the right balance between comfort and performance handling and...

the interior sound levels at speed are remarkably minimal. The standard six-speed manual seems in character with this sporty sedan, but it's the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic available only with the 2.0-liter turbo that really makes this car a delight to drive. For the money, the 200-horsepower turbocharged engine has plenty of power to move the CC, and its fuel economy figures rival some compact cars. Moving into the VR6 brings more low-end torque for faster starts and passing, but the six-speed Tiptronic automatic's slower response time just doesn't inspire the kind of fun-to-drive playfulness found with the DSG automatic.

Six-Speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG)
Employing two clutches, one holding gears 1, 3 and 5, the other assigned to 2, 4 and 6, the DSG automatic can make instantaneous gear changes allowing it to outperform even the best manual (and its operator).

12-way Adjustable Seats
Seat comfort is paramount to long drives and the CC's 12-way power adjustable heated driver's seat with four-way power lumbar support is among the best in the business.

2010 Volkswagen CC Details
Interior

The 2010 Volkswagen CC's interior is, in a word, gorgeous. Although the dash and console are typical VW fare, it's the interior fabrics, colors and seat sew patterns that draw one in. Ribbed stitching on the seats, a choice of solid or two-tone perforated leather (leatherette is standard) and a rear seat split in two by a roll-top center console and folding ski pass-through comprise the most striking design elements. Front seat passenger will feel completely comfortable, but rear passengers measuring six-foot or better will find headroom is anything but plentiful. The C-pillars also have such a prominent inward slant that our rear passengers reported them uncomfortably close to their head.

Exterior
2010 Volkswagen CC photo

Volkswagen calls the CC a "coupe" – despite its four doors and four-passenger capacity – because of its coupe-like profile and sharply tapered rear C-pillar. Although based on the Passat platform, the CC sits lower to the ground and is both longer and wider than the Passat; it is a handsome design that can definitely turns heads. Unique to the CC are its frameless doors (the window glass has no frame surrounding it), a feature that, with age, can sometimes lead to wind and moisture intrusion. Upper-end VR6 models are fitted with Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, while all models include fog lamps and standard alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2010 VW CC Sport features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission. Standard equipment include 12-way power adjustable driver's seat with four-way power lumbar support, heated front seats, CLIMATIC single-zone automatic air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible six-disc CD changer and auxiliary input, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, automatic headlamps, heated side mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls and 17-inch alloy wheels. The VR6 adds a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, leather seating surfaces, adaptive Bi-xenon headlamps, 12-way power passenger seat, power rear sunshade, dual-zone climate control, 600-watt Dynaudio sound system and 18-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment on all models includes front side and full-length side-curtain airbags, electronic traction and stability control and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS).

Optional Equipment

Options for the Volkswagen CC vary by trim and engine choice. The Sport can be equipped with a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic transmission (standard on Luxury trim), rear side airbags and an iPod interface. Stepping into the Luxury trim adds the DSG transmission, a panoramic power sunroof, three-position memory for driver's seat and side mirrors, leather seating and Park Distance Control ultrasonic park assist. Options for the VR6 trim include 4MOTION all-wheel drive and 19-inch wheels, while all but the Sport trim can be equipped with touch-screen DVD navigation and rearview camera.

Under the Hood

2010 VW CC owners have a tough choice on their hands. The Sport and Luxury trims are outfitted with Volkswagen's award-winning 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the VR6 and VR6 4MOTION have the equally legendary 3.6-liter VR6 six-cylinder powerplant. With 200 horsepower, the 2.0-liter turbo provides plenty of go power with no sign of turbo lag or annoying vibration. The VR6, on the other hand, offers 80 more horsepower and a big boost in torque, making it well suited for the extra weight added to the 4MOTION trim.

2.0-liter in-line 4, Turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1700-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 (manual), 22/31 (automatic)

3.6-liter V6
280 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
265 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27(FWD), 17/25 (AWD)

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2010 Volkswagen CC Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 176 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Style and ride of Audi A-7 for 1/2 the price

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great styling, interior and ride quality."

Cons: "$600 service required for the DSG at 40,000 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned this car for two years and 40,000 miles. No problems so far, other than a check engine light for not closing the gas cap tightly. Great driver and gas mileage. Love the look - it's different, and several clients have commented on the great styling. The valet at the Austin W hotel said he thought the tan on black interior and was much nicer than the much pricier German rides."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Friday, December 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "For a four cylinder, it gets it! I've 'smoked' V8'"

Cons: "Blind spot on each side due to pillars."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Had car for three years & I still love it. Only trouble I've had are two coil packs failed (a year apart). Other than those two, no problems."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best car I've ever owned.

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "looks, driving,speed,acceleration,comfort,sound sy"

Cons: "small trunk, egress"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The VW cc is a hidden gem. VW hardly advertises it,and I don't know why. It is sporty looking, sleek and lower than most 4 door sedans...though it is called a coupe. You won't find many on the road, thus being quite uniqe...not your cookie-cutter typical car that looks like every other 4 door sedan on the road--- this car is a head turner. Many have asked me ..." What kind of car is THAT ?! " ...looking similar to that other high priced German car. Well appointed, this 4 cylinder turbo has lots of pep...using the hi tech 2 clutch automatic tranny, this car blows practically everyone off the line...no one will cut you off. And the wide tires and low profile lets you hug the curves. A fun car to drive for sure...only downside for me is the smallish trunk...and ease of entering and exiting....but while I'm driving---it's the best car I have ever owned."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Buyer Beware - The Volkswagon CC

By on Thursday, August 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good looking, great handling, fun to drive."

Cons: "The timing chain tensioner has a design flaw."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I bought a 2009 Volkswagen CC Sport with the 2.0 Liter TDI engine brand new. I really liked the looks, the finish, and the driving performance of the car. However, the engine timing chain tensioner has a design flaw that will cause it to collapse (read fail). When the timing chain tensioner fails, it results in catastrophic damage to the engine often requiring the replacement of the entire engine at a cost of many thousands of dollars. These failures have occurred at a wide range of total mileage but, according to my research, most often occur above 60,000 miles. Coincidentally, 60,000 miles is when the warranty expires. I became aware of this basic design flaw in the engine because this failure just happened to me. I am now faced with towing the car to the junk yard because the engine replacement actually costs more than the car is worth ($7,460). Because of this engine design flaw, I recommend that no one purchase the Volkswagen CC (or any other Volkswagen model) with the 2.0 Liter TDI engine."

23 people out of 34 found this review helpful

This car has been the most fun.

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Awesome to drive"

Cons: "With air on poor pick up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I looked at this car for a long time before I bought it. I chose this year because of the changes to the tail lights. Everywhere I go people stop to look and point. This is not a common car seen on the road. The speed and agility is amazing. When the turbo kicks in the car really takes off. It is German engineering at it's best."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Brilliant

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great looks"

Cons: "4 seater, blind spots because of sloping roofline"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"CC is essentially a fancier version of Passat. It looks gorgeous and especially the pillar-less doors look awesome! It has really nice quality interiors, decent stock music system and overall is a nice place to be in. It also has good driving dynamics and is enjoyable on twisty roads! Overall very happy with this car."

21 people out of 44 found this review helpful

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