- Stylish midsize sedan with seating for five
- Standard navigation system with rearview camera
- Sporty R-Line version with unique styling cues
Carrying over with no changes for 2015 is the Volkswagen CC.
Volkswagen has positioned the CC as an alternative to the tamer Passat, giving the CC more pronounced styling and cramming it with tons of standard kit, including a navigation system. The CC eschews the new styling seen on the Passat and the smaller Jetta in favor of a sleeker look.
Up front, a cross-hatch front grille is flanked by headlight clusters with standard LED daytime running lights. Down the sides of the car, the beltline rises as it moves rearward which makes the CC hunch forward. 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and dual exhaust tips are also standard, while 18-inch wheels, a power moonroof and headlight washers are optional.
The CC offers buyers a choice between two powertrains; the base engine is a 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A more powerful 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is also available (this engine is only offered with a six-speed automatic). Front-wheel drive is standard, but for those who want more traction in bad weather an all-wheel drive system is available.
Ducking into the CC’s cabin, it gets excellent fit-and-finish and enough standard equipment to raise an eyebrow or two. Standard features include air conditioning, powered/heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, USB port, and a navigation system, an impressive array of equipment. Also available are ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, massaging driver’s seat, and a power rear sunshade.
The 2015 CC offers six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system as standard safety features. For safer maneuvering in tight spaces, a rearview camera and front/rear parking sensors are also available. The CC earned four out of five overall stars from the NHTSA for its performance in crash testing.