Road Test: 2013 Volkswagen CC
Review and images by Russell Purcell
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Volkswagen CC (Comfort Coupé) is based on the venerable mid-size Passat, but features a chopped roofline in an effort to give this rather interesting sedan a very coupe-like profile.
Interestingly, the slinky 2013 VW CC offers more headroom front and rear, despite being slightly shorter and lower than the traditional Passat sedan, but all other interior and exterior dimensions are slightly smaller on the 2013 VW CC. The car’s aerodynamic body was revised front and rear for 2013 to bring the car up to date with the company’s current design portfolio. Bi-Xenon headlights, LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights are now part of the long list of standard equipment, and the end result gives the CC a more upmarket look when compared to rival offerings.
The layout of the passenger cabin is clean, and rather simple, and the quality of fit and finish is very impressive for a car in this segment of the market. Most of the surface materials and trim pieces are pleasing to both the touch and eye, but the taut, leather seating is rather firm for my liking. There is now seating for five, but the rear compartment is still best suited for two if plans call for extended travel.
The front seats offer sufficient room for all but the tallest folks, but the rear passenger compartment is best reserved for small adults and children as the sloping roofline and narrow door openings make ingress and egress a bit of a challenge. I managed to smack my head, but at six-foot, two inches tall I am not designed to be a rear seat passenger in many mid-size offerings. Once seated however, I did find sufficient room for my big feet and the seating position was comfortable and supportive. I would have to duck down and forward to take in the view however.
There are two power plants available including Volkswagen’s 3.6-litre V6 which produces 280-horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 2.0-Litre, turbocharged four-cylinder which offers 200-horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. My test vehicle was fitted with the latter, and although I found it to be a little noisy at highway speeds, I never found myself wanting more power. The turbo spools up quickly and gives the CC rather athletic performance for such a small engine. The 6-speed, dual-clutch (DSG) automatic transmission proved to be a smooth operator, and I was able to navigate up and down the gear ratios to attempt to extract the most driving pleasure possible from its wide power band.
All CC models utilize a strut-type, sport-tuned suspension, and electro-mechanical steering with variable assistance based on vehicle speed. Handling is far from sporty, but the steering is precise and the ride composed. Stopping power is impressive, as there are big, disc brakes at all four corners backed up by ABS.
There are two trim levels available – Sportline and Highline, as well as a new R-Line option package available on Highline models.
Standard features on the Sportline CC include the 2.0l TSI engine, 6-speed manual transmission, 12-way power adjustable driver seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming mirror, automatic headlights, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth phone integration, chrome exterior trim, automatic climate control, cruise control, airbags (front, front side, curtain), electronic parking brake, fog lights, heated front seats, LED taillights, MDI with iPod connectivity, multifunction trip computer, power heated side mirrors, 8-speaker premium audio with auxiliary input and satellite radio, push button start, rain sensing wipers, rear-view camera, sport suspension, and TPMS.
Splurging for the Highline trim will add 18-inch alloy wheels, brushed dark aluminum interior trim, Homelink, sport leather seating, memory driver seat and mirrors, and a panorama sunroof.
If you must have the 3.6-litre V6, it is only available in Highline trim, and it comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Other highlights include a 600-watt Dynaudio system with 10 speakers, power rear sunshade, and navigation.
The optional R-Line package can be added to either Highline model, and includes unique 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as an R-Line appearance package. R-Line cars also come fitted with a sport steering wheel equipped with paddle shifters.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC is a well-built automobile with a lot of great features and far from vanilla styling, but I have to admit it seems to be a bit pricey when compared to similarly equipped automobiles in the Canadian marketplace.
Technical Specifications: 2013 Volkswagen CC
Base price range (MSRP): $35,125 – $48,475
Price as tested: $50,929.10
Type: 4-door, 5-passenger midsize sedan
Layout: Transverse front engine/front-wheel drive/AWD
Engine: 2.0-litre I4, DOHC, 16 valves, turbocharged
3.6-litre V6, DOHC, 24 valves
Horsepower: 200 @ 5100 rpm / 280 @ 6200 rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 207 @ 1700 rpm / 265 @ 2750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual (I4) or optional 6-speed automatic DSG ( I4)
6-speed automatic (V6)
Brakes (front / rear): Disc/ disc
Cargo capacity: 374 L (13.2 cu.ft.)
Fuel consumption (L/100km): 2.0L (manual) City: 10.2; Highway: 6.4
2.0L (DSG) City: 9.7; Highway: 6.6
3.6 (auto) City: 12.7; Highway: 8.3
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