By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.3
Think of the 2014 Volkswagen CC as the Passat's more glamorous sibling. Though nearly the same dimensions as VW's midsize sedan, the stylish CC – which calls itself a "4-door coupe" – boasts a sleeker design and an aggressive stance. The CC also comes better equipped than the Passat, and that shows in its price. Starting at over $32,000, the CC is nearly $11,000 more than a base Passat. Along with its upgraded style and amenities, that extra money buys a standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that helps this VW scoot through traffic. Buyers willing to spend the most can nab a V6-powered CC with all-wheel drive (AWD), a combination not currently offered in the Passat. At over $43,000, that top-end model reaches luxury levels similar to its Audi cousins.
If you're looking for an upscale midsize sedan hidden in a svelte, coupe-like body, the CC makes a stylish accessory. Moreover, the 2014 VW CC has premium features and luxury styling at a price below entry-level luxury cars like the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.
In addition to a lower price, the more pragmatic Passat has a roomier rear seat and better outward visibility. And though the coupe-shaped CC still boasts about its high-style/moderate-price equation, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has just arrived doing the same while wearing a more prestigious badge.
Navigation is now standard on all trims of the 2014 CC, and Volkswagen has joined the growing list of automakers offering a trunk that opens by motioning your foot. Also new is VW's Car-Net connectivity service that syncs with smartphones.
Driving Impressions Befitting its svelte looks, the 2014 Volkswagen CC has equally sharp driving manners. Its taut suspension, well-crafted body and lighter weight make for an engaging driving experience, something that has...long set Volkswagen's cars apart from others. Despite the CC's rigid construction, its suspension does a good job soaking up road imperfections. Steering feel is commendable for both low-speed situations such as maneuvering in parking lots as well as higher-speed freeway cruising. The standard, 200-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in front-wheel-drive (FWD) models has abundant torque for quick off-the-line acceleration, and performance can be heightened when selecting sport mode on models equipped with VW's 6-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission with manual control. Top-end models with the 280-horsepower V6 have an abundance of power and benefit from standard 4Motion all-wheel drive – an asset if you regularly drive in inclement weather.
HANDS-FREE TRUNK OPENING
This convenient feature allows you to open the trunk by motioning with your foot as long as you have the car keys in your proximity. It's perfect for when you're carrying groceries, and the bonus is you get to say: "Look Ma, no hands."
ADDED REAR-SEAT PRACTICALITY
For years the Volkswagen CC was a 4-passenger vehicle, which limited its people-carrying practicality. The latest CC has standard seating for five, helpful for those situations when you need to seat an extra person in back.
The 2014 Volkswagen CC's cabin is inviting, at least up front. High-quality materials appear throughout, highlighted by metal trim accents, faux or real leather depending on trim, and sleek, Euro-chic lines. We're especially fond of interiors outfitted with the 2-tone color scheme. The front seats are comfortable, and with 12-way power adjustment it's easy for the driver and passenger to find a fit. The rear seats, however, are rather cramped. The trade-off for the CC's stylish, swoopy roofline is diminished rear-seat headroom and compromised outward visibility. The CC also loses some trunk space compared with the Passat, but its rear seats do fold to expand cargo area.Exterior
The CC's calling card is its exterior design, and this VW continues to impress with its elegant shape. Although now in its fifth model year, the CC is still striking with its flowing roof, nubbed tail and upward-creasing beltline that runs through the doors. It all conveys a car that's moving even when it's not. The 2014 Volkswagen CC further stands out with bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights and LED daytime running lights. R-Line models offer a sportier take with a body kit, side skirts, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and unique front fascia with large, circular fog-light housings.
Spend the least on a new VW CC, and you'll still get a well-equipped car. Among the standard highlights are dual-zone automatic climate control, the Car-Net smartphone-enabled car-communication system, heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Navigation is now standard, but the caveat is that the base unit's screen is hardly larger than that of a smartphone and not all that intuitive. Standard audio is taken care of by an 8-speaker AM/FM/CD system with aux/iPod inputs and Bluetooth streaming. New 2014 VW CC models also include complimentary maintenance for two years/24,000 miles.
As with other VW models, optional equipment for the CC is had by moving up trim levels. Climbing from the base Sport to R-Line brings larger wheels and performance-biased aesthetics, while the new Executive trim offers power sunroof, the hands-free trunk-opening system, rearview camera, leather upholstery and a larger touch-screen control system. The top-line VR6 4Motion includes a V6 engine, all-wheel drive, premium Dynaudio sound system, parking sensors, power-operated rear sunshade and ventilated front seats.
Two engines are offered in the 2014 Volkswagen CC. Most models use a turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and returns up to 32 mpg with a manual transmission or 31 with the more popular automatic. Used exclusively on the top-end model is a 280-horsepower V6 with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission. If you're looking for a high-mileage diesel option like that offered in the Passat, you won't find it here. And speaking of fuel, premium gasoline is recommended for both of the CC's engines.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
200 horsepower @ 5,100 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32 mpg (manual), 22/31 mpg (automatic)
280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27 mpg (FWD), 17/25 (AWD)
With new standard features such as navigation and the Car-Net service, the 2014 Volkswagen CC's starting price has increased nearly $1,300 over last year's model, to a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $32,660. Opting for an automatic transmission lifts that base price to $33,760. Go full-boat on a 2014 Volkswagen CC VR6 Executive model, and the price tag reaches past $43,000. The 2014 CC is at the high end of mainstream sedans such as the Honda Accord and into the territory of entry-level luxury cars such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, though those cars' prices zoom skyward with options. More competitively priced rivals are the Acura TSX and Volvo S60. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has a lower starting price than the CC but can leap thousands higher with options. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying. The Volkswagen CC's resale value is on the low end.
By KGO on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "outstanding performance and fun to drive"
Cons: "Low profile makes it difficult to enter vehicle"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"and high performance with the 2.o liter turbo engine and the DGS transmission. I average around 24 mpg overall using regular gasoline with aggressive driving. Interior quality is superb and entertaining vehicle to drive. No issues with over 47,000 miles"
By Aboogie on Sunday, March 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "This car is sexy and fast!"
Cons: "Headlights need to go off when parked and key in."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I was test driving many cars and went out on limb to drive the cc VW. I fell in love with the car instantly!! The comfort and feel in the drivers seat was not like anything else..I LOVE THIS CAR!! The drive is smooth and maneuvering is slick. I am not sure on reliability, since I have had it only 4 months, so gave it a 9. It was used so the value was right in my budget...thank you to the previous owner for taking such great care of this vehicle."
By GoranT on Friday, March 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "good exterior"
Cons: "TERRIBLE gas mileage, lousy torque, erratic shift"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I owned the previous model, 2010 with a manual. Loved it, but because of issues with my back had to switch for the automatic 2013 model. Liked the exterior design (the interior is exactly the same) and i got the same price so i took the chance. The salesman told me the gas mileage is slightly worse, about 10% lower than the stick shift. As you can see from the photos, this car gets me 17-18 mpg. The sticker says 22mpg. After 3000 miles they found a problem w the gearbox and replaced a chip. It seemed to be working much better but then i noticed lag in shifting and downshifting by itself, especially at pulling up to a light. I took the car to the dealer, he checked and said it was the chip again reseting itself every time i start the car. And now, it started to burn through gas as if it's a truck. I take it to the dealer and they say they've checked everything but it's all fine, that i'm probably driving too aggressively. I live in Miami and drive clients in my car so driving fast or erratic isn't an option. On top of it, they won't give me a loaner car so i have to stay in the dealer for 4-5 hours every time. And to top it off, they call me after i complain to check and tell me AGAIN that everything has been checked and i am exaggerating. So i did a little bit of a test this past month, and as you can see, the car's own system is showing i'm right. This is the first time i've left a review, and at this point don't even care what the final result is. I will likely get rid of this car one way or another, get the lease bought out from one of your competitors. But i will also make sure EVERYONE finds out about the treatment that i've received. Youtube, Facebook, my area of influence, i'll even put a sign on my balcony if i have to. I am done with you."
By fablowe on Monday, March 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,449overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "true comfort coupe, large trunk luxury in and out"
Cons: "have to be heavy foot for DSG trans"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After owning 4 Jetta & 2 Passat the CC is a new ball game. have a 2011 CC Lux and still being asked "what kind of car is that? its gorgeous". From backup camera in the VW badge to hid headlights that turn with the steering, makes a dad like myself feel like James Bond as my kids would say. But on the buyers side, just the quality for the price is worth it (used is best priced). Its a true German car and you feel it from the time you close the door(only Vw car still made in Germany. this machine handles and performs better than I ever expected (2.0t is a beast) DSG trans can be sluggish on the takeoff if your not heavy foot like i am, but wait for it, wait for it, then WOW. if your looking for a sexy coupe with the versatility of four doors, then the CC is it. Benz started the 4door coupe with the CLS (too big) but VW nailed it with the CC. then Benz rethought it this year with the CLA, smaller to take out the CC but not good enough. Was shocked when my bud and i switch cars one weekend his 2014 CLA for my 2011 CC and i want my CC back so bad and he was just having too much fun driving it. NOT bashing Benz but CLA is not a Benz. CC is the way to go"
By Vincevw on Sunday, March 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 875overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Style, ride, driveability"
Cons: "Dated infotainment, VW reliability record"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I purchased my 2014 CC Sport just over a month ago. I use it as a daily driver 10 miles one way in the NE U.S. This is my 3rd VW in a row and so far, the one I'm least impressed with. The car looks slick but lost style in the 2013 update in a marketing bid called "branding" that makes most VWs look like each other. Otherwise it's a nice looking car with many nice features and those are easily accessible on the website for comparison. I will say that folks that say VWs are expensive are not comparing comparably equipped cars. Some of my favorite things about this car: V-tex seating, love it! AFS headlights, very nice. Overall dash configuration and fold down rear seats. Steering mounted controls are work great. Bluetooth phone integration is awesome. The ride is realy firm so if your looking for a couch on wheels this isn't it. Driving is easy and the 2.0TSI is plenty responsive. The DSG auto works well with the engine but takes some getting used to for those new to this "automated manual" transmission. Things I don't like: Where oh where did the footwell lights go? 34G and no footwell lights? The dash creaks almost all the time and the dealer said "don't hear it". Drivers dash cubby cut my left hand; dealer said "can't fix it". Radio works well but is dated and lacks features found in cheap domestic cars. iPhone hookup buried in the glovebox. I would buy this car again but after I got one that din't sound like the dash is going to fall out going down the road."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Eazy Rider on Sunday, January 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Value; standard options."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car is a well-kept secret of VW line-up. Excellent value for the money; very quick; very nice standard options. Highly recommend."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful