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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.