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The CC was introduced in 2008 as the Passat CC, and was given a midlife refresh for the 2013 model year with a new front fascia and grille, new taillights, new LED accent lights, upgraded interior materials and a more practical three-across back seat to replace the original twin rear buckets. As part of this refresh it also dropped the Passat portion of its name, becoming simply the CC. Model year 2014 saw essentially no changes to the CC, and for 2015 it carries over with only minor updates in the form of some good looking new wheel styles.
The 2015 CC is available in three trim levels – Sportline, Highline, and Execline. The
Style has always been the CC’s calling card, and with its rakish profile it’s definitely a looker, despite the somewhat conservative new corporate grille. Not surprisingly the swooping roofline does carry a cost in terms of rear seat headroom (it’s adequate for my five-foot-eleven frame, but nothing like in the similarly-sized
Up front the CC suffers from no headroom compromises, and once settled into the Highline’s 12-way powered seats you’ll find ample helpings of comfort and luxury. The CC’s interior is attractive and well fitted, with soft-touch materials used at all the important spots such as the door uppers and dash top, and good looking rigid plastics where appropriate. It also features several unique details that raise it a couple
Standard equipment fitted to all CCs includes items like dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless central locking with pushbutton start, power windows with auto up/down all around, an alarm, cruise control, digital compass, heated powered front seats, split-folding rear seats, a rearview camera, premium audio with Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio, twin 12-volt outlets, automatic bi-xenon headlights and halogen fog lights. The Highline trim adds leather upholstery, a power sunroof (this is optional with the Sportline trim), interior ambient lighting, a 12-way (instead of 8-way) adjustable passenger seat, memory for
When fitted with the 2.0T engine the CC isn’t exactly a pavement-scorcher, but it’s certainly no slouch either, offering a nice compromise between performance, comfort, economy and practicality. The turbocharged four-cylinder will hustle the CC to 100 km/h in about 7.5 seconds and offers effortless highway cruising, while achieving city/highway fuel consumption ratings of 11.4 / 7.4 L/100km with the manual transmission. These ratings use the new-for-2015 five-cycle testing process, so they are close to what you might expect to actually achieve in real-world
The six-speed DSG automatic offers quick, crisp shifts and a nice hooked-up feel, but it tends to upshift almost too quickly, dulling engine performance in the name of economy. You can select sport mode for more aggressive shift mapping, but this rather overcompensates, holding gears too long and too high. A third, middle-ground setting would be most welcome, but in the meantime if you choose the Highline or Execline trim you can use the paddle shifters to shift precisely when you’d like.
In terms of ride and handling the CC is nicely balanced. The MacPherson strut front
Safety concerns are further taken care of thanks to a full array of airbags, electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring, while the 2015 Passat scores good ratings on most IIHS tests (it misses being a Top Safety Pick due to a marginal rating on the challenging new small front overlap test).
Pricing for the 2015 Volkswagen CC in Sportline trim starts at $37,770 including the $1,395 destination fee, and the DSG automatic adds an extra $1,400. The Highline starts at $42,370 destination in, while the Execline starts at $51,570 with the destination fee. As tested with the DSG automatic and Technology Package, my Tungsten Silver test car came to $46,370 including destination. With this range of pricing, the CC slots into Volkswagen’s lineup somewhat above the Passat and its family-sedan competitors, but well below the premium four-door coupes that the CC so strikingly resembles. It remains a car with elegance and style well above its price point, and that makes it well worth a look for those who place a premium on these traits and also want a practical family sedan that’s a little elevated above the norm.
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