2012 Volkswagen CC

The 2012 Volkswagen CC is an upscale midsize sedan. The CC stands for comfort coupe; a way of describing the car's combination of a coupe/sedan body style and comfort.

The cabin has been revised for this edition, by adding wood accents on the high end models plus an ornament analog clock. The CC will face competition from varying sources, it is expected to be able to withstand the barrage of comparisons.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Sedan Base Price: $30,610.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons (70L) MPG: 21 city / 31 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 188.9 in. (479.8 cm) Wheel Base: 106.7 in. (271 cm)
Height: 55.8 in. (141.7 cm) Width: 73 in. (185.4 cm)
Curb Weight: 3329 lbs (1510 kg) Ground Clearance: 5.0 in. (12.7 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 13.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 2.0L Inline-4 DOHC Compression Ratio: 9.6: 1
Horsepower: 200 HP Max RPM: 5100-6000 RPM
Torque: 207 lb-ft @ 1500-5000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds Maximum Speed: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Sport Plus MSRP: $32,850; MPG: 19 city / 29 hwy
Option:Lux MSRP: $35,355; MPG: 19 city / 29 hwy
Option:Lux 3.6L V6 MSRP: $37,730; MPG: 18 city / 27 hwy
Option:VR6 4Motion® Executive MSRP: $41,420; MPG: 17 city / 25 hwy

Engine & Performance

The 2012 CC is available in a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lbs-ft of torque, and a 3.6L V6 that produces 280 hp and 265 lbs-ft of torque. The Sport and R-Line trims are equipped with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, while the Lux trims are fitted with a standard 6-speed dual-clutch manual (DSG), which is available as an option in the Sport and R-line models.

The 2.0L engine gets 22/31 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission, and 21/31 mpg city/highway with the manual. The top-of-the-line VR6 4Motion Executive comes with the 3.6L V6 engine paired with a conventional 6-speed automatic. This model comes with a standard AWD and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. It gets a fuel economy estimate of 17/25 mpg city/highway.

Exterior

The CC has 6 trim levels: 2.0T Sport, 2.0T Lux, the 2.0T Lux Limited, the 2.0T Lux Plus, the 2.0T R-Line, and VR6 4Motion Executive. The front, you have a pair of flared headlamps flanking a thin, wide grille. Along the side, the profile is nicely styled with arches running upwards along a well designed center crease line.

The Sport trim has 17-inch alloy-wheels, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, and automatic headlights as standard exterior features. R-Line models add 18-inch wheels, dark taillights, unique front bumper and side-sill designs, and fog lamps.

The Lux models come with heated washer nozzles, the Lux Plus adds a panoramic sunroof, while the Lux Limited trim adds adaptive xenon headlights. Going up to the top-of-the-line VR6, you will get parking sensors, power rear sunshade, and headlamp washers.

Interior

The CC comes with a cabin made of upscale materials and 2-tone seats. The standard leatherette seats are very comfortable, the front seats are heated and power adjustable. The rear seat is meant for two occupants, and offers enough legroom although the headroom is a bit limited for tall people. All trims come with high-tech features that include: 8-speaker stereo/CD system, Bluetooth, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, iPod connectivity, satellite radio and auxiliary input jack.

The Lux trim is equipped with a standard navigation system, while the VR6 trim adds rearview camera to its interior. This car has a cargo space of 13 cubic feet, but one can add more space by folding the 60/40 rear seats.

Safety & Reliability

The 2012 VW CC is adequately fitted with standard safety features. They include: integrated turn signal mirrors, 4-wheel ABS, traction control, emergency trunk release, electronic stability control, 4-wheel disc brakes, side impact airbags for front seats, side curtain airbags, active head restraints for front occupants, drive and front passenger airbags, and daytime running lights.

Volkswagen backs the 2012 CC with a 3-year or 36,000 miles limited warranty as well as 5-year or 36,000-mile engine warranty. In addition to that, owners are complimented with a free scheduled maintenance and 24-hour road assistance during the limited warranty period. Rust damages are covered by a warranty the lasts for the first 12 years regardless of mileage.

Pros

  • Class-competitive base turbo 4-cylinder engine with good fuel economy
  • Sleek, stylish exterior
  • Beautiful 2-tone interior with high-quality materials
  • Ample standard features list.
  • AWD on VR6 model

Cons

  • Limited rear seat headroom
  • Small trunk
  • Only seats 4 people

The 2012 Volkswagen CC is a stylish and refined sedan, giving an option to family sedans like Acura TSX (MSRP $30,510; 22 city / 31 hwy), the Lexus IS250 (MSRP $35,065; 21 city / 30 hwy), and the Nissan Maxima (MSRP $32,780; 19 city / 26 hwy). People shopping for upscale cars will definitely like the CC, due to its handsome interior, sleek exterior, and Germanic road manners.

Overall Rating
75 out of 100

What others say:

“Fuel-efficient and energetic turbo four-cylinder; well-built and stylish interior; ample features list; all-wheel drive on VR6 model…Only four seats; limited rear-seat headroom; smallish trunk.”Edmunds

“The VW CC feels like a luxury car, but the seats are low.”Car Connection

“CC feels well composed, with good grip and minimal body lean in turns. The brakes deliver smooth, strong stopping action. Despite their larger wheels, R-Line versions don't have noticeably better handling.”Consumer Guide

“If you value high style but appreciate a relatively low level of angst in your automotive purchase, the 2012 VW CC may be right up your automotive alley. ”KBB