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2012 Volkswagen CC

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2012 Volkswagen CC Review

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Volkswagen has a well-established history of special bodywork affixed to its more volume-oriented platforms. In the U.S. the best known of those applications is Karmann, constructor of the Karmann Ghia coupe and convertible. Never, to be sure, quite a sports car, but more of a "sportster," the Ghia derivative was a staple 30-40 years ago in both suburban driveways and college campuses. The VW CC adapts the platform of the dearly departed Passat – the Euro-based Passat and not the newer design created for the U.S. – and cloaks it in stylish 4-door coupe bodywork. The result is a notable success, with a competent platform dressed for evening. It may not get you a front row at your favorite nightspot, but neither will you be parked with the Sonatas.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you value high style but appreciate a relatively low level of angst in your automotive purchase, the 2012 VW CC may be right up your automotive alley. Especially in its base 2.0T form, the CC provides quite a bit of stylistic bang for your automotive (under $30K) buck. Volkswagen, to be sure, hasn't been the gold standard in automotive reliability, but service costs are typically a fraction of BMW, MB and Audi – at least once their respective warranties have expired.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your needs for a 4-door sedan are based on real practicality and accommodation, the CC will come up short, in both rear-seat space (only two will fit) and flexibility. Thankfully, the rear seat does fold, but that added utility doesn't make up for a relatively small trunk opening. This is, in the end, a 4-door that can't mimic a minivan; it's a 4-door conveying the sporting ambience of a GT. And while its MSRP followed the previous Passat's rather closely, with the reduction in price of VW's newest large sedan, the CC's price gap has widened to the point you could acquire a pre-owned Golf with the difference.

What's New for 2012

Virtually all of the changes for the 2012 VW CC occur on the inside. Those variants blessed with wood interior trim (2.0T Lux Plus, Lux Limited and 3.6L VR6 4Motion Executive) receive inserts made from a sustainable variety of dark wood rather than the earlier walnut inserts, which apparently weren't sustainable by either the forests or accountants.

Driving the CC

Driving Impressions The 2012 Volkswagen CC's specification is geared specifically to driver involvement, and that's especially true at the lower end of the CC food chain. Combine VW's delightfully visceral 2.0-liter turbocharged...

four with either its standard 6-speed manual or available Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) and you have magic in the movement. The electrically assisted rack-and-pinion steering proves direct, and the all-independent suspension elevates you over uneven pavement with an equilibrium you can only describe as Germanic. The CC's VR6 is more relaxed, but less rewarding and, notably, less efficient, with an EPA rating of 25 mpg highway versus the 2.0T's 31 mpg (manual and DSG).

Four Individual Bucket Seats
Even with an aggressive coupe profile and athletic stance, nothing conveys "coupe" quite as well as individual buckets in both the front and rear compartments. The combination may sacrifice utility, but you and your passengers will be enveloped in luxury while remaining fully connected to the driving experience. At around $30,000, it rarely gets much better.

Six-Speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG)
Small-displacement powerplants are typically no better than their transmissions, and any number of 4- and 6-cylinder engines from Europe have been rendered impotent by the slushboxes to which they're connected. VW's DSG is the most positive addition in Volkswagen's small-displacement arsenal, giving up nothing in performance or efficiency to its fully manual sibling. We like its immediacy, efficiency and entertainment factor, along with its convenient, automatic-like operation when you want it.

2012 Volkswagen CC Details
Interior

You may be initially drawn to the 2012 VW CC's artfully executed exterior; that's infatuation. True love, however, will be found in the CC's core, where four individual buckets provide support to four individual posteriors. And these buckets can be covered in either V-Tex (think vinyl) or Nappa leather, in both solid and (really hot) 2-tone color schemes. For the driver, gauges are surrounded by chrome trim in the lower trim levels, while the upper range enjoys either full brushed aluminum or the aforementioned dark – and sustainable – wood. Of course, a range of entertainment options are available, from an 8-speaker Premium VIII to the VR6 4Motion's Dynaudio, featuring 10 speakers and 600 watts!

Exterior

Based on media descriptives, you'd think this 4-door "coupe" concept was relatively new. It actually dates back to before World War II, when automotive design became the province of both engineers and stylists, and it was found that a car's profile needn't be penalized by the addition of rear doors. Today its chief practitioners are Volkswagen's CC and Mercedes' CLS, but more are coming. And most will hope to emulate the CC's low-slung platform, steeply raked windshield, the longish, arcing roofline and abbreviated rear deck. The result is a shape as provocative as anything coming from a VW showroom in decades. And with a wide selection of wheel choices, even the base model enjoys an athletic stance and upscale (visual) demeanor.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Given its starting window sticker of under $30,000 (with destination), the 2012 VW CC 2.0T comes remarkably well equipped. Its foundation is provided by 17-inch alloy wheels, while inside, owners enjoy manual-controlled A/C; heated 12-way power front seats; a touch-screen sound system with HD radio, eight speakers, a 6-disc CD changer; and Bluetooth technology. Opt for the VR6 4Motion Executive, starting at around $41K, and you'll enjoy 3.6 liters of V6 power connected to VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD) and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Along with what's propelling you, the Executive transports you on 18-inch Interlagos rims, and moves you with Tiptronic paddle shifters, leather seating surfaces, VW's Dynaudio Premium sound and a power rear sunshade. In between 2.0T Sport and VR6 4Motion Executive are five additional variants of the 4-cylinder CC, allowing you to be as expressive as you and your budget would hope to be.

Optional Equipment

Most options for VW's CC are found in its various trim levels. Opt for the R Line (about $31K), the first level above the base Sport, and you enjoy 18-inch wheels, extended sport bumpers and side skirts, R Line doorsill plates, darkened taillights and halogen reflector-lens foglights. A more substantive move is the Lux (roughly $32K), which equips the 2.0T drivetrain with Volkswagen's excellent DSG automatic, dual-zone automatic climate control, brushed aluminum interior trim and navigation. Lux Plus at over $34K takes you further up the comfort scale with power sunroof, wood interior trim and upgraded navigation.

Under the Hood

If your seasonal climate demands all-wheel drive (AWD), you'll find Volkswagen's VR6 and 4Motion a commendable, capable choice. However, for those preferring emotion to 4Motion, VW's 2.0T remains one of the most entertaining powerplants in the marketplace. Offering 200 horsepower (although the GTI community can show you how to spool it up...) and 207 lb-ft of torque, the 2.0T works well with either transmission, and affords the close-coupled CC with a responsive – albeit efficient – driving experience.

2.0-liter in-line 4, turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 (manual), 19/29 (automatic)

3.6-liter V6
280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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2012 Volkswagen CC Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 169 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 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

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."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Very, very responsive and sporty, but comfortable!

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive with a luxury feel."

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

"The 2.0 Turbo engine is crazy responsive and car is extremely fun to drive. It's a luxury sports car!!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Very happy with my decision to buy 2014

By on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great driving car"

Cons: "Smallish back seats."

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

"I previously owned a 2002 Passat 6cyl 4motion, and loved it. I bought the 2014 cc 2.0T new, and I think the car is quick (the turbo really pops around 3k rpm), handles great, and looks like a Mercedes. I feel that the visibility issues are minimal as the seats adjust so many different ways that you get a decent vantage point pretty easily. Car has great options... Love the backup camera. This car doesn't have the biggest back seats, but I have two small children, so we will have to deal with that as they get bigger, but for now, no problem. I was concerned with cargo space but the trunk is large, and the fold down back seats really open up the storage area. I wish the car was all wheel drive, like the older Passat. Over all, very happy- was in the market for a legacy or maxima, and I feel like this was a good choice. I got an AMAZING deal on it; last of the 2014 model year...(February)"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love, love, LOVE this car! Sleek and sporty!

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fuel efficiency, performance, looks"

Cons: "drippy windows when raining, sun roofs are unavai"

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

"The CC Sport is one of the most efficient and fun to drive sedans I have ever owned. Fuel efficiency is great (28-32 MPG avrg). Sport mode puts computer controlled suspension and brakes as well as a VERY responsive gas pedal at your finger tips. The interior is well appointed and comfortable for day to day driving."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

One of the Best Vehicles I've Ever Driven

By on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,254

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 Price, Great to Drive, Tons of Features"

Cons: "No R-Line Kit"

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

"I just bought a 2013 CC Sport Plus and I have to say this is one of the best vehicles I've driven. I was in the market for a new car (previous car was a 2002 GTI) and I knew I wanted an Audi or a CC. That was it. I loved the Audis, but they were a bit too pricey. So I looked at the CC and right away I was hooked. In person, this is a very good-looking car. The interior is even better. The aluminum trim really makes the interior pop and the seats look amazing. It drives exceptionally smooth. It has power and the suspension is wonderful. It also has tons of features that, if it had a Mercedes, BMW or Audi logo, would make this car WAY more expensive. I love this car and highly recommend it for someone who wants an awesome car with a ton of features without the exaggerated price tag."

18 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Not what I expected

By on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,428

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, looks good,comfortable in front seat"

Cons: "Pricy repairs, "German Engineering""

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"We purchased this car with high expectations due the reputation of "German Engineering". From the first month we owned it, there was always something. After researching each issue, I found that all were a common problem with this model. Broken clock spring in steering, broken wiring harness in trunk lid, intake manifold, fuel pump, destroying tires even after alignment has been done. The dealer was very helpful with each repair but each item we repaired was very overpriced due to having to use vw parts. Not impressed with engineering. Do not see us purchasing another vw. JE"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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