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.
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.
Notable Standard Equipment
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.
Notable Optional Equipment
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.
Under the Hood
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.
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