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Pros: The 2014 Volkswagen CC is a genuinely European midsize sedan with modern flair and sophistication, world-class engineering, firm handling, and a great driving experience. Even the base model comes with an interesting list of features and amenities.

Cons: While the entry price point is relatively affordable, higher trim levels appear too expensive for what you actually get, so you might want to purchase a luxury sedan instead. The 4-cylinder is great, but the V6 burns a lot of gas -- premium gas, by the way. Finally, all-wheel drive is only available with the V6.

2014 Volkswagen CC Price: The base Sportline model starts at $36,050, while the more upscale Highline retails from $40,575. The range-topping Highline V6 costs $49,690.

Volkswagen CC 2014
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2014 Volkswagen CC Fuel Economy: City and highway ratings for the 2014 Volkswagen CC are 10.2/6.4L/100km with the 4-cylinder/manual transmission combo, or 9.7/6.6L/100km with the 4-cylinder/DSG pairing. As for the V6, expect 12.7/8.3L/100km, respectively.

Improvements and Changes: The 2014 Volkswagen CC gains standard keyless access with push-button start. The R-Line Package is now available with the Sportline model. New colours have been added.

2014 Volkswagen CC Powertrain:
There are two options to choose from including a 200-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with front-wheel drive, and a 280-horsepower 3.6L V6 with 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Power goes through either a 6-speed manual transmission or the acclaimed 6-speed DSG with Tiptronic.

Cargo Capacity: The CC's trunk can hold up to 400 litres of gear, right around the segment's average.

Safety: ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control all come standard. In the event of a collision, the Intelligent Crash Response System and 6 airbags will protect CC occupants.

Comparing the 2014 Volkswagen CC: Rivals of the Passat-derived CC include the Acura TL, Audi A3, Buick Regal, Infiniti Q50, Honda Accord, Volvo S60.