2017 Volkswagen CC

2017 Volkswagen CC
MSRP range
$34,475 - $37,820
2017 Volkswagen CC

Pros

  • Striking exterior style is unique in its class
  • Comes with many upscale features standard
  • Turbocharged engine is smooth, slick and sounds great

Cons

  • Rear seat headroom is limited by sloping roofline
  • Trunk is small compared to most competitors'
  • Priced higher than many competitors with comparable features
Volkswagen CC years


Which CC does Edmunds recommend?

The R-Line Executive's leather upholstery and adaptive cruise control are nice, especially for long-distance commuters. But with keyless entry, heated seats, Bluetooth and satellite radio, the Sport has the basics covered — and saves you about $3,000.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.0 / 5

Stand a few yards away from the 2017 Volkswagen CC, and its appeal is obvious. With sleek coupe styling wrapped around four doors, the CC's exterior design stands out as one of the most interesting among midsize sedans. Inside, the CC cabin impresses with near-luxury features and fit and finish. A 200-horsepower turbocharged engine and six-speed automatic transmission pairing feels quick and refined, and sounds terrific.

But just as the CC ("Comfort Coupe") tempts with shapely lines and smooth power delivery, it does have limited, tight interior space, awkward sight lines and a higher price versus more conventional sedan alternatives. The Volkswagen also doesn't handle curves and corners as sharply as its sporty styling suggests. You'll need to decide if the trade-offs are worth it.

Fortunately you won't need to compromise fuel efficiency. The CC returns an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined (22 city/31 hwy). In our testing, we managed 25.1 mpg in overall driving and 26.2 mpg on our mixed highway-mountain driving test loop. Those are decent numbers but others, such as the Honda Accord, achieve better.

2017 Volkswagen CC configurations

The 2017 Volkswagen CC is available in two trims: Sport and R-Line Executive. The latter is available with an optional carbon-fiber styling package called R-Line Executive With Carbon. The Sport surprises with nice amenities such as power-adjustable, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control, while R-Line Executive upgrades include leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and driver safety aids. For the same price, the R-Line Executive With Carbon adds gloss black exterior and carbon-fiber interior trim.

The CC comes standard with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The engine powers the front wheels through a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission (VW calls it DSG).

The Sport comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, foglights, rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzles, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry, push-button ignition, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power-adjustable and heated front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks and premium vinyl upholstery. Also standard are dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, VW Car-Net smartphone integration, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 6.3-inch touchscreen display, navigation, and an eight-speaker audio system with USB/auxiliary/SD card inputs.

The R-Line Executive is upgraded with 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, unique exterior styling and doorsill plates, power-folding and heated side mirrors, driver-seat memory settings, steering-wheel paddle shifters and leather seating. Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and VW Car-Net App Connect app services also come standard.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line (2.0L 4-cyl. turbo; 6-speed dual-clutch automatic).

Driving

3.0
The CC's overall performance is acceptable, but several more affordable midsize sedans are quicker and handle the same or better.

Acceleration

3.5
The transmission is initially hesitant off the line, but the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is smooth and revs eagerly. It takes 7.0 seconds to dash from 0 to 60 mph — not bad, but some rivals are quicker.

Braking

3.0
In our testing, panic braking distances from 60 to 0 mph were 120 feet, about average. But the brakes never feel all that powerful, especially when trying to haul it down from highway speeds.

Steering

3.0
Electrically assisted steering feels precise and goes into turns crisply. But it lacks the kind of feel and feedback from the front tires that more discerning drivers desire.

Handling

2.5
The CC R-Line was sloppy, both at our test track and out on the road. The suspension feels under-damped, and there's too much body roll. It doesn't handle nearly as sporty as it looks.

Drivability

2.5
The transmission is clunky at low speeds, which can be annoying in traffic. Above parking lot speeds, however, it shifts smoothly and quickly. Power from the turbocharged engine is solid at almost all engine speeds.

Comfort

3.0
The ribbed covering on the CC's seats doesn't look inviting, but the buckets are actually quite comfortable. This is a generally quiet cruiser, but we heard more tire and suspension noise during urban driving than we expected.

Seat comfort

3.5
The front seats are well-padded with good bolstering, but the low-positioned rear seats cause an uncomfortable, unsupported knee bend. The middle seat is hard and nearly unusable. The armrests have nice padding.

Ride comfort

3.0
We were surprised by the vibrations that crept into the cabin over the pothole section of our drive loop. The suspension absorbs most abnormalities well, but big bumps can be harsh and loud.

Noise & vibration

3.0
A mixed bag. During highway cruising, wind and engine noise is nearly nil. But around town there's a noticeable amount of tire and suspension noise as the CC often crashes over road imperfections.

Interior

3.0
You'd think the CC's low-slung roofline would mean a neck-wrenching lack of headroom, but the low-placed seats help. The interior is well put together and looks nice, although storage space could be better.

Ease of use

2.5
VW's nav/infotainment screen has been enlarged and updated for newer models. It took us longer than usual to pair a phone. The cruise control stalk is hidden by the steering wheel, but the climate controls are nice and simple.

Getting in/getting out

3.0
The front doors open wide, and you have to duck only slightly to enter. The rear doors are generous, but the seriously sloping roof makes the entry space so small that you actually have to turn your body to slide in.

Roominess

3.0
Front headroom is reasonable, door-side elbow room is decent, but the center armrest is narrow. Rear headroom is limited, but not as much as the car's shape suggests. The chopped side windows make it feel tighter than it really is in back.

Visibility

2.0
The thick windshield posts hinder the ability to look through turns. The rear three-quarter view is marred by sloping rear side windows. The rear window is steeply sloped so the opening is small.

Utility

The downside to that sharp exterior styling is less trunk space than you might expect from a midsize sedan. The pinched shape could also complicate loading larger, awkward items. The rear seatbacks fold flat, and there's a center pass-through for skis and long items.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Volkswagen CC.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Sporty looking car but lacks some key features
RK,11/01/2017
2017 CC R-Line Executive car is really sporty looking stylish car. Seats are comfortable. Being closeout model year for 2017, they are priced aggressively to sell by some dealers. I wanted to point out that some must have features at this price range are missing. Blind spot monitoring, Rear cross traffic alerts, Home link/Home Connect features are missing.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$37,820
MPG
22 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
MSRP
$34,475
MPG
22 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
MSRP
$34,475
MPG
22 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
MSRP
$37,820
MPG
22 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
See all 2017 Volkswagen CC features & specs

Safety

Our experts’ favorite CC safety features:

Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist)
Camera recognizes lane markings and actively helps countersteer to keep the vehicle in the lane above 40 mph.
Forward Collision Warning
Helps warn the driver of an imminent front collision with visual and audible alerts. Applies necessary braking to lessen impact severity.
Intelligent Crash Response
The car automatically shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors and activates hazard lights in certain types of collisions.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Marginal
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 Volkswagen CC

The 2017 Volkswagen CC competes in a segment dominated by luxury brands, where affordable alternatives are rare. Four-door coupes & mdash; cars that feature slick rooflines like one might find in a two-door, but have four doors — have become a staple among German luxury automakers, with BMW and Mercedes fielding several models. Buyers who appreciate the aesthetic but aren't interested in spending big bucks on a luxury brand will want to consider the Volkswagen CC. We think it's one of the most interesting four-doors on the market.

The 2017 CC's luxury aspirations go beyond the slick coupelike shape. Inside, you'll find an impressive cabin with high-end features and the grade of fit and finish we expect from a proper luxury car. Dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, push-button keyless ignition, navigation and Volkswagen's hard-wearing V-Tex faux leather upholstery are all standard. The CC's turbocharged engine is a gem, delivering a smooth and strong flow of power with admirable refinement and a great soundtrack.

Of course, the CC does have its drawbacks: That sloping roofline limits rear headroom, though not as much as you might expect thanks to the low-mounted backseat. Getting in and out of the back can be a challenge. For the driver, outward visibility is compromised — not just to the rear, where the narrow windows and the low roof obscure the view, but to the front corners as well due to thick windshield pillars that block visibility in turns. The trunk is also smaller than most midsize sedans at 13.2 cubic feet; that said, the opening is large and wide, there's a pass-through for skis, and the rear seatbacks fold flat.

The Volkswagen CC is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. In Edmunds testing, the CC accelerated to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, which is not bad. Though the CC is hardly the quickest among its peers, we like the smooth, even flow of power. The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive CC at combined 25 mpg (22 city/31 highway), and Volkswagen recommends premium fuel.

The CC is sold in just two trim levels, Sport and R-Line Executive. We're partial to the leather-lined R-Line Executive, but the Sport has all the basics and costs considerably less. That's an important consideration, because although the CC's price is lower than luxury-branded four-door coupes, it is a lot more expensive than many of its midsize sedan rivals. If you're looking for a four-door coupe that won't break the bank, Edmunds can help you find the best offer on a 2017 Volkswagen CC from a dealer near you.

2017 Volkswagen CC Overview

The 2017 Volkswagen CC is offered in the following submodels: CC Sedan. Available styles include 2.0T R-Line Executive PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 2.0T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 2.0T Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 2.0T R-Line Executive w/Carbon PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 2.0T R-Line Executive w/Carbon 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), and 2.0T R-Line Executive 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).

What do people think of the 2017 Volkswagen CC?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Volkswagen CC and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 CC 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 CC.

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Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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