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2017 Volkswagen CC OVERVIEW
What might be called a coupe-like four-door with a sensible price, the CC mimics the style and features of high-end sedans that don’t fit into most family budgets. While some Volkswagen models have been downscaled in recent years to broaden their appeal, the CC remained loyal to its near-luxury roots. However, slimming the lineup from five to three trim levels this year, all four-cylinder with front-wheel drive, narrows the choices for likely buyers.
What's New for 2017
Two trim levels have been dropped from the CC lineup: the R-Line 2.0T and the V6 Executive. The 2.0T R-Line Executive adds lane-departure warning; forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking; and adaptive cruise control. Those features were standard on the now-departed V6 Executive model. The 2.0T Sport gains interior enhancements, including ebony trim and chrome elements.
Choosing Your Volkswagen CC
Loss of the V6 Executive model means all CC sedans now have a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Unusually for a midsize sedan, Volkswagen once offered a six-speed manual gearbox; but not anymore. Now, all CCs get a six-speed automated-manual transmission. Fuel economy with the automated-manual is estimated at 22 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway (25 mpg combined). Lack of an all-wheel-drive option may affect popularity in snowbelt regions, where an AWD-equipped CC ranked as a superior road car in wintertime.
Volkswagen’s CC comes well-equipped even in Sport form, to the extent that it could almost be mistaken for a true luxury car. Advancing through the trim levels only augments this feeling.
With the Trend model gone after only a year in the lineup, the starting price for a CC rises to $34,475—the cost of the 2.0T Sport. Even so, the CC can be a tempting alternative to the typical family sedan. Buyers of the Sport get plenty of features, but moving up to the R-Line Executive adds a number of comfort items as well as new active-safety features. Because all CC sedans have gasoline engines, that model is unaffected by the emissions-testing scandal that erupted during 2015, for diesel-engine Volkswagens.
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