This week, we’re driving the beautiful 2015 Volkswagen CC, a popular larger size compact that continues to add market in this hotly contested division. Noted below is an abbreviated four-day test instead of a seven-day test thanks to a large deer that decided it was time to test the impact worthiness of our CC’s grille and hood.
CC comes in four trims starting with entry Sport, then sporty R-Line, up to luxury Executive and finally at the top with an AWD 4Motion Executive. The non-AWD trims all come with a 200-horse turbocharged four cylinder as standard, while 4Motion AWD adds a 280-horse V6 at no charge.
The 2.0-liter 200-horse turbo four-cylinder develops 207 lb. ft. of torque and is in no way underpowered. Our tester did zero to 60 mph in seven seconds thanks to a direct shift six speed Tiptronic automatic. Additionally, our vehicle came in sporty “R-Line” dress that features paddle shifters, special sport tuned independent suspension, road hugging 18-inch all season tires on alloys, exclusive front sport bumpers, side skirts and inlayed scuff plates.
With not one option listed on the price sticker, the expanded standard feature list includes leather interior, rear view camera, touchscreen navigation, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, heated power front seats with lumbar, rain sensing wipers, fog lamps, eight speaker stereo with MP3, Bi-Xenon headlamps, and much more. Your VW dealer is awaiting your visit to explain the many standard items. He’ll also let you know that CC’s entry price is notable, as just $32,865 gets you into a really beautiful, “as close to sibling Audi as possible” German built car.
On the highway, expect good fuel economy as CC delivers 22 city and 31 highway. For gear shifters, a six-speed manual is available in the R-Line at no extra cost with near identical numbers ala 21 city and 32 highway, resulting in the same 25 MPG average. On the safety side, Volkswagen CC’s come with all the stability and traction controls expected in modern day cars, and then adds Intelligent Crash Response System, full ABS four wheel disc brakes, high tech airbags and more.
The cabin is strictly European with firm seating, excellent instrumentation, good rear seat legroom, and a 60/40 split folding rear seats that allow access to the trunk.
On the highway, CC delivers very good handling and a good dash of comfort, too. Since most European cars are built with handling as a “top of mind” ingredient, CC delivers just the right amount without going overboard in any one direction. Thus, we took CC on a very curvy road where we drove it “enthusiastically” with good results. Further, and considering it’s a family sedan by blueprint, the “tuned for handling” four-link rear suspension deserves note.
Soon after our curvy road experience, things turned foul. I was traveling along at about 55-mph when, totally unbeknownst to me, a large multi-point deer decided it was time to jump from a tree laden mountain side directly into the front of the VW. The resulting impact threw the deer end-over-end and out of sight and because it hit high on the hood, the contact to me was minimal at best. I can’t say that for the hood, grille and Xenon headlamps as this trio absorbed the impact as designed.
Luckily, sans the health of the deer, we kept the car under full control and motored on to the newspaper office. The mishap did, however, pierce the radiator resulting in an immediate end to my test drive. (See photo). The “check engine” light never came on until I actually helped the tow vehicle load the stricken CC on to the flatbed.
Important numbers include a wheelbase of 106.7-inch wheelbase, 3,369 curb weight, 13.2 cu. ft. of cargo space, 5.0 inch ground clearance and an 18.5 gallon premium fuel tank.
Hitting the deer aside, our four-day test was positive as the VW CC receives a thumbs up recommendation. Overall, Volkswagen CC comes loaded with luxury options that cars from Acura, Audi, Cadillac, Lincoln Infiniti and Lexus all feature in their cars, too…but at higher prices
2015 Volkswagen CC
Entry Price: $32,865
Price as tested: $35,890
Likes: Looks, luxury interior, price
Dislikes: CC nomenclature, no adaptive cruise, rear seat headroom.
(Greg Zyla writes weekly for BestRide.com and other GateHouse Media publications).