The 2014 Volkswagen CC is offered in four trims: Sport, R-Line, Executive, and V6 Executive. Value-oriented car shoppers, or fans of the manual transmission, will want to look at the Sport and R-Line trims. Both trims come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission with the possibility of upgrading to a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, the Executive and the V6 Executive only come with the automatic. While the automatic lets you select sport mode for aggressive driving, some may feel it doesn't compare to manually shifting through gears.
The Sport trim comes with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and puts out 200 hp. Combined with the manual transmission, the engine is quick and responsive, but sacrifices some fuel economy in the city. The difference is fairly negligible and the manual makes up for it on the highway, making this transmission the preferred choice.
If you desire a sportier look from your Volkswagen CC, the R-Line trim includes a body kit, R-Line badges both inside and out, along with 18-inch alloy wheels. The Sport and R-Line trim both share a similar, well-designed interior. Buttons and knobs are accented with lights that match the gauges on the tachometer, and the leather steering wheel and shift knob combine nicely with the leatherette seats. Some standard CC features include automatic climate control, an auxiliary connection for music players, an eight-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth, and 12-way adjustable power front seats.
The Executive and the V6 Executive trims are more luxurious, with price tags that match. The Executive trim features a dark brushed aluminum interior trim, real leather seats, ambient lighting, a tinted sunroof, and an easy-open, hands-free trunk, and the exterior can be customized with exhaust tips and a rear lip spoiler. Drivers who frequently travel will be pleased to learn that this trim comes with a navigation system.
The top-of-the-line V6 Executive trim includes all of the features of the Executive trim, plus a power rear sunshade that keeps passengers comfortable, an upgraded stereo system, different styled 18-inch wheels, a massaging driver's seat, and an all-wheel drive transmission. If you live in an area with rough winters or particularly bad weather, all-wheel drive is likely a much better choice for you than the front-wheel drive transmissions of the other trims.
If you're shopping for an older Volkswagen CC, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind. Unlike the 2013 model, you can get the Executive trim without the V-6 engine. On the 2013 model, Volkswagen experimented with a center rear seat which made seating five people much easier, but the 2014 model decided to revert to the old styling. Overall, there haven't been any drastic changes to the CC over the years, so you can shop through various model years until you find the perfect combination of features.
From 2009 to 2014, the safety ratings for the Volkswagen CC have remained consistent according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS conducts five tests, and awards a good, acceptable, marginal, or poor rating for each test.
Two frontal crash tests are conducted to see how the vehicle responds to crashing into a larger, car-like object, and also how it handles crashing into a thin, narrow object such as a tree or light pole. The IIHS also tests how well the sides of the vehicle protect the passengers during a crash, the amount of pressure the roof can handle before caving five inches, and how well the head restraints and seats protect against neck damage.
In every test except the small overlap frontal test, which measures a crash into a narrow object, the Volkswagen CC received a "good" rating every year. On the small overlap frontal test, it has consistently received a "marginal" rating.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE VOLKSWAGEN CC
- The 2009 Volkswagen CC, known overseas as the Passat CC, was given the 2009 Red Dot Design Award from the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen — a reputable design institution in Europe.
- Available on the 2014 V6 Executive trim, the upgraded 600-watt stereo system features 10 speakers.