The letters in the 2011 Volkswagen CC name tag stand for Comfort Coupe. Volkswagen wanted to combine the comfort of a sedan with the style and performance of a coupe. This five-passenger model has its base in the Volkswagen Passat, but it offers more elegance and sport than the Passat. The CC shares much with the Passat, but measures slightly longer, wider, and is lower to the ground. In foreign markets, this car goes by the name Passat CC due to the similarities between the two models.
Body styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: six-speed manual, automatic
Models: Volkswagen CC Limited , Volkswagen CC Luxury Plus, Volkswagen CC Luxury, Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion Executive, Volkswagen CC Sport
The 2011 Volkswagen CC has some changes to its standard and optional equipment list, which create a more streamlined ordering experience. The Sport trim loses its foglights, while the leather seating option is no longer available for all 2.0Ts. The Dynaudio system comes on the VR6, which also gains heated and ventilated front seats. The model no longer offers rear-side thorax airbags or two-tone beige leather interior.
The exterior standard features for the base 2.0T Sport include 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, full power accessories, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and hill-hold assist. The optional 2.0T R-Line package adds 18-inch wheels, foglights, shaded taillights, and a sportier front spoiler and side skirts. The 2.0T Lux trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels and foglights, while the 2.0T Lux Plus adds a sunroof and a rear-view camera. The Lux Limited trim adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights. The VR6 4Motion Executive trim features a more powerful V-6 engine and all-wheel drive (AWD), along with polished 18-inch wheels, headlight washers, heated outside mirrors, a power rear sunshade, and parking sensors.
The exterior has the sleek and elegant profile of a coupe, but its four doors make it a sedan. The window glass has no frame surrounding it, and moisture can seep in with time.
From the base Sport model to the top-of-the-line Executive trim, the 2011 Volkswagen CC comes stocked with plenty of luxury amenities and displays, workmanship we normally associate with premium luxury brands. The seats are well constructed with leatherette material that resembles real leather, complete with ornate stitching detail. The rear split seat has a flip-down console. Volkswagen makes the gauges easy to read and the instrument panel controls easy to use. However, passengers in the rear seats will be cramped, and front-seat headroom does not accommodate tall people.
The most noteworthy standard equipment for the 2011 Volkswagen CC Sport trim includes a 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar support, heated front seats, an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatibility, a six-disc CD changer, and auxiliary input, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, with a complimentary limited subscription, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, automatic headlamps, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls. The Luxury trim adds a navigation system and a panoramic sunroof. The VR6 adds a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, 4MOTION AWD, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, dual-zone climate control, Park Distance Control, and an upgraded Dynaudio sound system.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Volkswagen CC offers a comfortable and quiet ride. The suspension is firm, but still keeps the major imperfections in the road from being felt by the passengers. Handling is manageable, and the steering responds quickly, allowing drivers to maneuver into tight parking spaces with ease.
The VR6 model brings more low-end torque for faster starts and passing, but you still won’t get a sports car performance out of its engine. The six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission has a slower response time, but it will make running errands a nice event.
The standard safety features for the 2011 Volkswagen CC include anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with brake assist, active front-seat head restraints, stability and traction controls, front-side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags.
The Volkswagen CC earns safety ratings of four out of five stars for frontal collision protection, five out of five stars for side-impact protection for front-seat passengers, and four out of five stars for rear-seat side-impact collisions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives this car the best possible rating of ""Good"" for protection in frontal-offset and side-impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen CC Sport: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen CC Limited: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen CC Luxury: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen CC Luxury Plus: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion Executive: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Good ride
- 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat
- Quality materials and design
- Easy-to-use controls
- Fuel-efficient turbocharged engine
- Stylish interior
You Won't Like
- Only seats four
- Limited headroom in rear seat
- Small trunk for its class
Luxury brand amenities and controls.
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