The 2010 Volkswagen CC's stylish design, athletic yet fuel-efficient standard turbo engine, strong optional V6, long feature list and nice balance of ride and handling make it an appealing choice in the midsize sedan segment.
On the downside, however, the backseat only accommodates two passengers, albeit extremely comfortably, and the tapered roof line can make headroom challenging for taller rear occupants (there's ample legroom, however). The trunk is also on the small side. If you really need room for five and/or lots of trunk space, other potential alternatives include upscale versions of the Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, Honda Accord or Nissan Altima.
Otherwise, the 2010 CC has a lot of appealing attributes.
Trims, Standard Features And Options:
The 2010 Volkswagen CC is offered in four trims: Sport, Luxury, VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion.
Standard features on the Sport include power and heated front seats, leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery, cruise control, automatic climate control, 17 inch alloy wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer, a tilt/telescoping steering column, split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker audio system with a 6-disc CD changer, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
The CC Luxury model then adds leather upholstery, a large tilt-only sunroof, front and rear park assist, driver memory functions, dual-zone automatic climate control and upgraded alloy trim.
The CC VR6 Sport model includes everything from the Luxury model plus a V6 engine, steering-wheel paddles, a power rear sunshade, 18 inch wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and a 10-speaker premium sound system. The top-level VR6 4Motion tops things off by adding all-wheel drive.
There's also a Technology package (not available on the Sport) which includes a hard-drive navigation system, a back-up camera, digital music storage and iPod integration. The iPod integration is also offered as a stand-alone option for all models, while satellite radio is available on the Sport and the premium sound system from the VR6 Sport is optional on the Luxury.
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
All models of the 2010 CC are front-wheel-drive except the 4Motion which is all-wheel-drive. Under the hood of the VW CC Sport and Luxury trims is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a healthy 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. On the Sport. it's paired with either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual (DSG). The DSG is standard on the Luxury. In performance testing, a 2010 CC with this engine was timed from a standstill to 60 mph in a quite respectable 7.4 seconds.
Powering the CC VR6 is a 3.6 liter narrow-angle V6 that's good for a robust 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. It's paired with a 6-speed conventional automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The CC VR6 4Motion does the 0-60 spring in a very quick 6.3 seconds.
The EPA-estimated gas mileage for a four-cylinder CC with either transmission is a very good 22 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highway. Gas mileage for the VR6 Sport comes in at 18 mpg city and 27 highway, while the CC VR6 4Motion drops slightly to 17 and 25, respectively.
Standard safety features on all 2010 CCs include traction control, stability control, antilock disc brakes (ABS) with brake assist, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. In addition, rear-seat side airbags are an available option on all models.
In government crash tests, this year's Volkswagen CC earned five out of five stars for front-passenger side crash protection and four stars for rear-passenger side protection. It also received four stars for frontal crash protection.
The 2010 VW CC's cabin is attractive, upscale and solidly constructed with high grade materials. It should be noted that its standard cross-stitched leatherette upholstery actually looks and feels better than the "real" leather found in many cars. There's an overall interior ambiance of quality and refinement throughout the cabin.
Seating, both front and rear, is supportive and comfortable ... perhaps most impressively so in the rear bucket seats. However, as previously mentioned, the sloping roof-line limits rear headroom for taller passengers. Legroom is also abundant both front and rear, while trunk room of 13 cubic feet is adequate but below average for the segment.
The 2010 CC strikes a nice balance between drive comfort and sporty performance. The CC's sport-tuned suspension enhances handling but also manages to smoothly handle road bumps and rough spots. No, the CC is certainly not intended to perform like a "sport sedan", but most drivers will likely be pleased with the overall driving experience. And the VR6 4Motion's all-wheel-drive traction is still more athletic.
The six-cylinder VR6 possesses impressive power, making it quicker than all-wheel-drive rivals such as the Acura TL SH-AWD, BMW 328i xDrive and Audi A4 2.0T Quattro. In addition, the CC 2.0T's turbo engine is both smooth and strong, giving it an advantage over many mainstream four-cylinder rivals.
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2010 Volkswagen CC Sedan:
Sport, manual: list price: $27,760, invoice price: $25,864
Sport, DSG manual: list price: $28,860, invoice price: $26,963
Luxury, DSG manual: list price: $33,080, invoice price: $30,874
VR6 Sport, auto: list price: $39,310, invoice price: $36,638
VR6 4Motion, auto: list price: $40,420, invoice price: $37,849