Those who want the sleek silhouette of a coupe, but the practicality of a four-door sedan don’t need to look much further than this German vehicle.
Falling for the CC
I find the CC to be one of the most attractive nameplates in the VW lineup. Not necessarily because of its earth-shattering power (it’s relatively humble), but because there’s a sexiness to it that is subtle yet overt.
From the classy chrome accents to an attractive front end, LED signature daytime running lights (DRL), fog lights and more, the CC is one sleek car. I also love the 18” 'Interlagos' alloy wheels named after the region in São Paulo, Brazil, where the Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place.
Volkswagen CC price & specs
You’ve got a couple of options when it comes to engines that power the CC. The first is a 200-horsepower, 2.0L inline 4-cylinder TSI engine that’s turbocharged with an intercooler and direct injection. It also produces 207 lb-ft of torque.
The other engine is a 3.6L VR6 with a healthy 280 horsepower, 265 lb-ft of torque, and a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. This one only comes with a 6-speed automatic, while the 2.0T can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG.
Because I was driving the Highline trim, I had the ability to work through the gears via the conventional shifter or the DSG paddle shifters. I preferred working with the latter since I didn’t have to take my hands off the steering wheel. Being able to change my own gears made it all more engaging.
Life inside the 2014 Volkswagen CC
It’s hard to knock off style points anywhere on the CC. Well, that’s unless it’s in regards to ingress through the rear doors. Watch your head, because it’s not very forgiving.
Once inside, you’re greeted by warm German hospitality. There’s also room for five now (one more seat than in previous models), although the best seat in the house remains the driver’s seat.
Gently hugged by the leather-clad seats, the ergonomic setup of the CC is fantastic. VW also did a great job of making it easy to pair your mobile device with the Bluetooth system.
Then there’s the centre stack. The combination of a touchscreen and buttons can appeal to a broad range of customers. It’s a feature that’s not exclusive to the CC, mind you; it’s echoed throughout the model lineup and receives a very high score in my book.
Creature comforts making the drive even better include 12-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support, a panoramic sunroof, air conditioning, and more.
Take the CC for a spin, you'll love it!
Having a sport suspension underneath the CC is a recipe for fun times on the road. The electromechanical power assisted steering also guides this 4-door coupe into corners with confidence and poise. Body roll is kept to a minimum, so you can push just a little bit more for that extra dose of adrenaline -- but don’t push too hard unless you want to attract unnecessary attention!
Whether driving solo or with passengers, the Volkswagen CC invites all occupants to partake in its quietness. However, if you want to turn the volume up on something, let it be the 600-Watt Dynaudio sound system with 10 speakers, which is part of the Technology Package along with a navigation system, touchscreen, and 30GB hard drive.
Price-wise, the 2014 CC Highline starts at $40,575. With the optional DSG and Technology Package, prepare to shell out $44,275 (excluding the $1,395 destination charge and taxes).
Comparing the 2014 Volkswagen CC
Until recently, there wasn’t much competition for the CC. You could group it in with the midsize sedans since it is based on the Passat, but that wouldn’t be the fairest of comparisons. However, Mercedes-Benz now offers their new front-wheel drive CLA at a handsome price of $34,300.