2012 Volkswagen CC

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Pros: Premium interior; Styling; Agile handling; Efficient turbocharged four cylinder from the GTI; Loads of luxury for the price

Cons: Smallish rear seat and trunk; Only seats 4; Gets pricey quick; Disappointing leatherette seating surfaces

Overview
With its coupe like profile, the Volkswagen CC is a more handsome version of the previous generation Passat. But its sleek, dramatic shape has its drawbacks. For starters, you will only find room for four. Rear passengers will also find themselves wishing for more headroom. Despite this, you will find its seats to be comfortable and supportive all around.

Although Volkswagen is moving in a different direction as far as the use of inexpensive materials and lower price tags, the CC continues to offer the sporty dynamics, exceptional interior, and premium feel that Volkswagen was once known for. It is currently Volkswagen’s most luxurious car since the demise of the Phaeton. So, if you don’t mind paying a little extra for a premium, solid performing midsize sedan, than the CC is for you.

The CC may not be as practical as most sedans, but that may be outweighed by its sleek profile and German characteristics. It may also be a deal breaker for some for its inability to seat five. Either way, it’s a very attractive alternative to other midsize sedans.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2012 Volkswagen CC if offered in six, well-equipped trim levels- the 2.0T Sport, 2.0T R-Line, 2.0T Lux, 2.0T Lux Plus, 2.0T Lux Limited and the VR6 4Motion Executive. The “2.0T” and “VR6” indicate the standard engine with each trim level.

Standard features found on the base Sport include 17-inch alloy wheels, power mirrors with integrated turn signals, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, leatherette seating surfaces with heated front seats and an eight-speaker sound system with Bluetooth®, a touchscreen interface, HD radio, satellite radio and an auxiliary jack.

The R-Line gets 18-inch alloy wheels, unique bumper and side sill treatments, fog lamps and tinted tail lights. Stepping up to the Lux will get you a different set of 18-inch wheels, heated washer nozzles, dual-zone automatic climate control, aluminum interior trims and a navigation system.

The Lux Plus gains a panoramic sunroof, a premium navigation system, a review camera, digital music storage, unique interior lighting and handsome wood trim pieces. The lux limited will add a set of adaptive xenon headlights and different 18-inch wheels.

The top of the line VR6 4Motion Executive gets the Lux Limited’s equipment plus the V6 engine with all-wheel drive, parking sensors, headlight washers, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a rear power sunshade, leather upholstery and a premium ten-speaker sound system.

Safety
Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with a brake disc drying feature, an electronic parking brake, engine braking and hydraulic brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, front and rear Side-Curtain Protection® and an intelligent crash response system. The intelligent crash response system will unlock the doors, shut off the fuel pump and activate the hazard lights for you in the event of a collision.

Warranty Information
Every new Volkswagen has got you covered with a New Vehicle Limited Warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first. All wear and tear items and/or adjustments are covered for the first 12 months or 12,000 miles. All 2012 & 2013 models are also covered by a Powertrain Limited Warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, a Corrosion Perforation Limited Warranty (excluding the Routan) for 12 years, unlimited miles, 3 year/36,000 mile Roadside Assistance and a 3 year/36,000 mile no-charge scheduled Carefree Maintenance™ Program. Contact your local VW dealer concerning warranty specifics and available protection plans.

MSRP

Available Trims & Major Packages MSRP 
CC Sport $30,610
CC Sport Plus $32,850
CC Lux $35,355
CC V6 Lux $37,730
CC VR6 4MOTION® Exec. $41,420
Similar Vehicles  Base MSRP
2012 Acura TSX $30,010
2012 Nissan Maxima S $32,420
2012 Lexus IS $33,795

EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway/comb.)

CC Sport, Sport Plus, Lux

2.0L TSI®, 16-valve, DOHC, in-line turbocharged 4-cyl.

6-Speed DSG® Automatic with Tiptronic® & Sport Mode

22/31/25

CC Sport

2.0L TSI®, 16-valve, DOHC, in-line turbocharged 4-cyl.

6-Speed Manual Transmission

21/31/24

CC VR6 Lux

3.6L VR6

6-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic® & Sport Mode

18/27/Combined data unavailable

CC VR6 4MOTION® Exec.

3.6L, 24-valve, DOHC, narrow-angle V6

6-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic® & Sport Mode

17/25/20

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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