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2011 Volkswagen CC

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2011 Volkswagen CC Review

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Based on the popular Passat platform, the 2011 Volkswagen CC "four-door" coupe casts off the stoic styling of its older brother, adding a sporty yet elegant feel 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-luxurious, ultra-expensive Mercedes-Benz CLS, the 2011 Volkswagen CC plays more in the same league as the Nissan Maxima, Acura TL and Buick Regal.

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 Volkswagen Passat may be a better choice.

What's New for 2011

The 2011 Volkswagen CC sees changes to its standard and optional equipment list, creating a more streamlined ordering experience. The Sport trim loses its fog lights, while the leather seating option is removed from all 2.0Ts. The Dynaudio system is now only available on the VR6, which also gains heated and ventilated front seats. Rear side thorax airbags and the two-tone beige leather interior are no longer offered.

Driving the CC

Driving Impressions The 2011 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 and ventilated driver's seat with four-way power lumbar support is among the best in the business.

2011 Volkswagen CC Details
Interior

The 2011 Volkswagen CC's interior is, in a word, gorgeous. Although the dash and console are typical VW fare, it's the distinctive seat sew pattern and elegant door panels that draw one in. Ribbed stitching on the seats, a choice of solid or perforated leather (leatherette is standard on all 2.0T trims) 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

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 models are fitted with Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, while all models include standard alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2011 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, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer and auxiliary input, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, iPod integration cable, Bluetooth, automatic headlamps, heated side mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio controls and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Lux trim adds fog lights and navigation, Lux Plus gains a rearview camera and panoramic sunroof, while the Lux Limited adds Adaptive Bi-Xenon headlamps and 18-inch wheels. The VR6 adds a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, 4MOTION all-wheel drive, leather seating surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, dual-zone climate control, Park Distance Control and the 600-watt Dynaudio sound system. 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 are pared down to just a few packages and dealer-installed options. The Sport can be equipped with a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic transmission (standard on Lux trims), and fog lights (part of the R-Line Package.) Stand alone options include larger wheels, chrome exhaust tips and a ground effects kit.

Under the Hood

2011 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 4MOTION has 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 setup.

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: 17/25

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2011 Volkswagen CC Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 154 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

great handling and power with the turbo and 6 spee

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

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

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

"Ultimate reliability and highway 36 to 38 mpg if drive with a light foot. Best car I ever owned. Upgraded with aftermarket gps so I could get the manual. Very pleased."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful, great MPG, fun to drive"

Cons: "Not the easiest car to get into due to low stance"

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

"This wasn't even on my radar when I was car shopping...I had always liked VWs, but never considered this particular model. But when they had it discounted enough to wipe out the negative equity in my SAAB that was never put together correctly after a hail storm, I jumped on it and haven't regretted it since. (Well, I do wish I'd waited a year as the 2014s have standard backup camera and NAV.) Plenty of room and great hwy MPG (usually 35+) Coupled with a big gas tank, you can drive for a very long time. I can drive from Louisville to DC on one tank! Very fun to drive, too, and I am still amazed at how beautiful the car is. Muscular stance and swoopy lines, too! I've had it over a year and have nearly 15,000 miles on it and absolutely no problems whatsoever."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Easily the worse performing car I've ever owned!!

By on Friday, September 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Beautiful car"

Cons: "Spend your money on something else."

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

"This is a beautiful car, and I get compliments all the time on appearance but this thing has cost me a small fortune. I regrettably did not buy the extended warranty, thinking German superiority, and from the very moment we went over the limit the thing started falling apart! Every other month it seems something is going wrong and every repair starts at $500. I can not wait to get out of this thing. Pintos were made better, I think."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A Blast To Drive

By on Thursday, August 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great performance, Gas Mileage & Looks"

Cons: "Front drivers seat a little tight for 255 lb man"

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

"I have always liked the look of this car. I was amazed at the performance plus you can use regular gas on the VR6 22MPG overall with that kind of performance is amazing."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

VW CC - Great "luxury" car at a reasonable price!

By on Friday, July 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Sporty, luxurious, beautiful, classy car!"

Cons: "no sunroof, low to the ground and sloped roof line"

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

"I at am the end of my lease of a 2012 VW CC SE 4 door, White Gold Metallic. Great vehicle, great value at a reasonable price. This car was frequently mistaken for a Mercedes 350. I will be leasing another VW probably a 2014 Tiguan R-Line. I have been driving VW's since 1995, leased the last three VW's. I think I love VW's :)"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

great car; fun to drive but kills drinks the gas!

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"My wife and I Lease this car and love it. If you have the money to not worry about gas prices and want a fun sexy looking car, this one is well worth it. Pros: nice pick-up, sexy curves, head lights move when you turn the wheel, big trunk with fold down middle. Cons: insurance is expensive, uses premium gas, aux input is in the middle of arm rest and ipod connector is in the glove box."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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