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article imageReview: 2013 Volkswagen CC 2.0T — A stylish Mercedes/BMW alternative Special

By Kyle Busch     May 9, 2012 in Driving
This article reviews the 2013 Volkswagen CC 2.0T a stylish alternative to the Mercedes CLS and BMW 6-Series Grand Coupe.
The Volkswagen CC follows in the footsteps of the Mercedes CLS and the most recent BMW 6-Series Grand Coupe. The CLS and Grand Coupe are four-door sedans that look like sporty coupes.
So what does the 2013 Volkswagen CC 2.0T bring to the road?
It is a five-passenger front-wheel drive four-door sedan that looks like a stylish coupe.
It is equipped with a direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 200 hp and 207 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional (DSG) six-speed automatic with manual Tiptronic shifting at the console. The CC’s 0-60 mph time is in 7.4 seconds.
The car’s wheelbase measures 106.7 inches and its curb weight is 3,300 lbs. The trunk offers 13 cubic feet of space, and the fuel tank holds 18.5 gallons. The car’s highway cruising range is 592 miles.
At the front the windshield is seriously raked (the car’s drag coefficient is a low .28 Cd). The hood is broad, full in the center and contains V shaped cut lines that lead to the edges of the grille. The headlights fit in well with the recessed parts of the hood. Down low there is a large air intake that spans the width of the car.
The side profile of the CC looks long and sleek. It combines the lower body of a sedan with the low roofline of a coupe. The upper glass extends back almost to the trunk. There is a cut line located just above the door handles and a chrome strip on the lower part of the doors. The front and rear taillights are visible in the front and rear fenders.
At the rear this Volkswagen has a fastback like almost flat rear window. The short trunk lid has a spoiler lip at the top. The taillights are large and cut well into the trunk and also wrap into the rear fenders. Above the bumper the look is smooth. Below the bumper there is a large recessed license plate area. At the bottom there is a black insert with dual exhausts at the edges.
The interior of the CC features high quality materials throughout with excellent fit and finish. The driver sees an instrument pod containing a large tachometer on the left and a speedometer on the right. Digital information is provided in an area between the tachometer and speedometer. The two tone dash is smooth on the top and then includes brushed aluminum below the vents. Most of the center console is also brushed aluminum and contains contrasting black controls. The front sport seats provide good comfort and excellent support. The back seat legroom and headroom are best suited for medium to smaller adults. The rear 40/60 split rear seat folds down to increase the cargo area.
The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 12.3 inches at the front and 11.1 inches at the rear. The CC’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 116 feet. The tires measure 235 45 17 inch.
The suspension at the front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes multilinks, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar.
Standard features on the CC include 8-way power driver and passenger seats, multi-level heated driver’s seat, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, audio controls on the steering wheel, dual driver and passenger climate control, cruise control, power door locks, windows and mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, front and rear cupholders, external temperature display, 12 volt power outlets (front, rear, and cargo area), interior air filtration, rear ventilation ducts, retained accessory power, cooled storage compartment, front and rear reading lights, 8-speaker AM/FM in-dash 6 CD player with CD MP3 playback stereo, auxiliary audio input and iPod integration, Sirius XM satellite radio, radio data system, pre-wired for phone, Bluetooth wireless data link for hands free phone, USB connection, memory card slot and more.
Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag occupant sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, cornering lights, auto delay off headlights, dusk sensing headlights, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, emergency braking assist, post-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring and more.
On the road the Volkswagen CC accelerates briskly and it feels well connected to the road. The car’s handling is athletic and quite rewarding. The automatic transmission is smooth and it provides willing downshifts. The steering is on center and is nicely weighted. The CC’s ride quality is firm but the car does a good job of smoothing out rough roads. This Volkswagen is a comfortable highway cruiser mile after mile.
The fuel rating for the Volkswagen CC 2.0T is 22 city and 30 mpg highway.
In summary the Volkswagen CC is a stylish four-door sport/luxury sedan that is practical but satisfying to drive.
The base price of the 2013 Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sedan is $29,615.
If you want a good looking four-door sedan that looks like a stylish coupe and you don’t want to pay the Mercedes or BMW price, the 2013 Volkswagen CC 2.0T might be the sport/luxury drive for you!
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