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2014 Volkswagen CC

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2014 Volkswagen CC Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

What's New for 2014

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 the CC
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.

2014 Volkswagen CC Details
Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
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.

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)

3.6-liter V6
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)

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2014 Volkswagen CC Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 180 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

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By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Style, comfort, reliability, drivability, economy"

Cons: "Small rear view mirrors, weak rear window defogger"

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

"I've owned this 2012 CC since it was new in March of 2011. In that time I have had NOTHING go wrong with the car with the exception of one spark plug mounted coil. I have a couple of niggling complaints that stem from me being to tall to get in and out of the car comfortably, but that's hardly the car's fault. It's comfortable, fast, safe and reliable. I would rather the rear window defogger was a little more powerful and VW stereo systems always seem to be a few years behind, but those are minor issues. And I get 32 mpg averaging 68 mph on freeway trips."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

STAY AWAY

By on Sunday, June 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive."

Cons: "IT BREAKS CONSTANTLY!"

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

"I have owned my cc for 3 years and I have put over 20k into it for repairs. Once, one thing goes wrong everything does. The tires no matter what brand make horrible horrible sounds. My entire engine had to be replaced because of a automaker defect. It took over 2 months to get it back because the mess of getting almost new engine that has no problems is almost impossible. Also $100+ in an oil change is stupid! My a/c has gone out, my rear view mirror has fallen down and the paint on the shifter has started to chip. My car has a total of 12 recalls on it and the value of it since the VW scandal has dropped horribly. This is by far the worst purchase car wise I have ever made. I have owned fords, chevys and jeeps that never gave me this much issue. Take my advise and stay away from VW."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Fun, sporty, luxury limited edition VW CC

By on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, extended warranty, sporty and luxury"

Cons: "bucket seats in the back and front"

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

luxury sedan all decked out

"This candy white 2012 Volkswagen CC is like new with just over 50 thousand miles. It drives better than it did when I first bought it back in November. It has all the bells and whistles that are possible for this type of vehicle with black leatherette seating, wood-grained dashboard, sunroof, tinted windows, the fastest car on the road. It even comes with a warranty that transfers with the car that covers any repairs up to 100k miles. It has never had an issue, it runs like new."

luxury sedan all decked out

4 door sports car

By on Thursday, May 26, 2016

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
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Fun car to drive. Luxury everywhere"

Cons: "ergonomics"

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

"This 4 cylinder 2.0 Turbo drives like a sports car with a V8 under the hood. Everything about this car says "luxury". My only complaint involves ergonomics. It is somewhat difficult to get in and out of without a can opener. If I was 20 years younger, that might not be a problem. Overall...a fun car to drive"

Really comfortable but difficult to drive

By on Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fast, comfortable"

Cons: "hard to drive, touchy acceleration, awful in snow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I've been driving this car for 4 years now. I bought it new. When I test-drove the car, I remember complaining that the gas was touchy and it was difficult to know where the front and back bumpers were. I thought I'd get used to these things after driving it for a while, but I haven't. Pulling out and backing in to parking spaces is really difficult without a rear-view camera, because there's absolutely no knowing where the bumper is. And forget about parallel parking. Some other comments: PROS: (1) comfortable seats (2) good sound system (3) FAST! (4) bluetooth system and radio controls on steering wheel prevent distractions while driving. CONS: (1) awful in the snow! (2) touchy acceleration in the low gears (3) no rear-view camera (4) somewhat loud when driving (road-noise) (5) after about 40k miles, the interior startled rattling while driving. Really annoying! (6) eats through tires (7) takes premium gas (8) touchscreen console is obnoxiously slow (9) steering wheel doesn't move in/out, only up/down (10) super low ground clearance means I bottom-out on speed bumps. I'll also mention that my husband is 6'1" and the sleek profile makes it hard for him to get in and out of this car."

5 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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