2017 Volkswagen CC

#139
in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL
$34,475 - $37,820 See Inventory Prices

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With its sleek ageless looks, luxury fittings and comfortably smooth ride quality, the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan is a specialty four-door car that's appealing enough to stand out in the crowd.

Starting at a price of $34475, the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan has gone down the years without any virtual changes and yet it manages to impress with its good looks and fun-to-drive attitude. featuring a well-defined line of safety techs including forward collision and lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking, the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan is a dependable choice for any practical vehicle lover.

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Pros

Exterior styling is quite unique

Comes with many standard upscale features

Turbocharged engine sounds pretty great and performs smoothly

Very obedient in terms of road manners

Cons

Price can be an issue when compared to its competitors featuring similar facilities

Lack of trunk space hampers practicality

Sloping roofline compromises the rear passenger headroom

Awkwardly low seating position

What's New?

Adaptive cruise control

Automatic emergency braking

Forward collision warning

Lane departure warning

Chrome accents


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34475

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 5100 rpm

torque

207 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.1 in. ventilated front disc/12.3 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.7 in.

length

189.1 in.

width

73 in.

height

55.8 in.

curb weight

3369 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

1149 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/31 mpg

highway range

573.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Volkswagen CC in Black Oak Brown Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen CC in Deep Black Pearl color  2017 Volkswagen CC in Harbor Blue Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen CC in Pure White color
Black Oak Brown Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine

5.6

Interior

6.8

Features

6.4

Comfort

6.7

Driving

6.7

Fuel Economy

6.4

Exterior

8.1

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport

2.0T Sport

power
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$34,475


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $34,475 MSRP (22/25/31) 200 hp @ 5100 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport PZEV

2.0T Sport PZEV

power
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$34,475


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Sport PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $34,475 MSRP (22/25/31) 200 hp @ 5100 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Oak Brown Metallic
  Deep Black Pearl
  Harbor Blue Metallic
  Pure White

 2017 Volkswagen CC 2.0T R-Line Executive PZEV

2.0T R-Line Executive PZEV

power
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$37,820


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T R-Line Executive PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $37,820 MSRP (22/25/31) 200 hp @ 5100 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
2.0T R-Line Executive w/Carbon PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $37,820 MSRP (22/25/31) 200 hp @ 5100 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Volkswagen CC 2.0T R-Line Executive

2.0T R-Line Executive

power
200 hp @ 5100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$37,820


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T R-Line Executive 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $37,820 MSRP (22/25/31) 200 hp @ 5100 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
2.0T R-Line Executive w/Carbon 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $37,820 MSRP (22/25/31) 200 hp @ 5100 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Oak Brown Metallic
  Deep Black Pearl
  Harbor Blue Metallic
  Pure White

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

6.7

Overall Rating


5.6/10
Engine

 

6.8/10
Interior

 

6.4/10
Features

 

6.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan is powered by a 2 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and sends power to its front wheel drive system.

2017 Volkswagen CC Engine

5.6/10

"The CC's overall performance is acceptable, but several more affordable midsize sedans are quicker and handle the same or better."-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine of the Volkswagen CC Sedan delivers 200 horsepower at 5100 rpm. The engine has a torque output of 207 lb-ft.1700 rpm. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine manages to churn out decent power throughout the rev range. 

Models Volkswagen CC 2.0T sport Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t BMW 320i Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic
MSRP $34,475 $35,950 $33,450 $33,950
Engine 2.0L DOHC I4 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower 200 hp @ 5100 rpm 208 hp @ 5500 rpm 180 hp @ 5000 rpm 240 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 207 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm 200 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

Although the Infiniti Q50 and the Volvo S60 produce a similar torque figure (258 pound-feet), the Volvo leaves the Infiniti and the other two behind by a huge margin in terms of horsepower output with the highest of 240 hp at 5600 rpm. The Infiniti though manages to hold the second position with 208 horsepower at 5500 rpm. Next up is the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque while the BMW 320i is the least powerful among the four with the lowest of 180 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 200 pound-feet of torque at 1250 rpm.

Acceleration

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan offers moderate performance. The VW Sedan completes its 0-60 mpg run within 7.0 seconds.

Reaching from 0 to 60 mph in an incredible 5.7 seconds, the Infiniti surprises everyone, especially the Volvo which comes second with a timing of 6.5 seconds although it houses the most powerful engine. The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan and the BMW prove to be the slowest to reach the 60 mph mark with only a difference of a millisecond between the two - 7 seconds and 7.1 seconds respectively.

Models 2017 Volkswagen CC sedan Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t BMW 320i Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic
0-60 MPH 7.0 sec 5.7 sec 7.1 sec 6.5 sec
Quarter mile 15.3 sec 15.9 sec 15.2 sec 15.1 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1 7.1 6.3 6.1

 

But over the quarter mile, the statistics rearrange drastically as the Volvo lives up to its reputation of housing the most powerful engine and leaves everyone behind by covering the distance the fastest in just 15.1 seconds. Even then BMW changes its place with the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan by reaching the quarter-mile mark in 15.2 seconds while the Volkswagen does it in 15.3 seconds.

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan and Infiniti are seen have the most emissions in a year while the Volvo is the least emitting in the lot.

Handling and Steering

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan can feel a little sloppy on the road mainly because of its under-damped suspension which causes an annoying amount of body rolls. Contrary to its sporty looks, it doesn't handle like one. Thankfully, the steering wheel is electrically assisted and works precisely, especially during turns. It does, however, lack the necessary front wheel feedback that some drivers desire.

Braking

The braking mechanism of the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan can be rated as average. The brakes don't feel that powerful when you try to slow it down from highway speeds.

Model 2017 Volkswagen CC sedan Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t BMW 320i Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic
Brake Front (in.) 12.3 12.6 12.3 11.8
Brake Rear (in.) 11.1 12.1 11.8 11.9
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3369 3671 3295 3619
60-0 MPH (ft.) 120 109 116 120

With the biggest front and rear brakes, the Infiniti is the quickest among the four to stop coming down from 60 mph by covering only 109 feet. It is followed by the BMW which does it in 116 feet. Lastly, the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan and Volvo don\u2019t seem to do so good with their braking and take the similar distance of 120 feet to come to a halt from 60 mph.

2017 Volkswagen CC Interior

6.8/10

"The 2017 Volkswagen CC seats five. Leatherette upholstery comes standard, along with heated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery is available. The front seats provide plenty of support for long drives and are comfortable overall. It’s also easy for the driver and passenger to find a relaxing position. There's plenty of legroom in the back, but headroom is limited by the CC’s sloping roofline, which also negatively impacts rearward visibility."-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The front seats of the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan are well padded with a good amount of bolstering. The low position of the rear seats and the unsupportive knee bend can be uncomfortable. The middle rear seat is quite hard and the armrests are nicely padded.

Model 2017 Volkswagen CC sedan Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t BMW 320i Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.4/56.0/41.6 40.2/56.7/44.5 40.3/55.1/42 38.6/57/41.9
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.6/54.7/37.3 37.5/56.1/35.1 37.7/55.1/35.1 37.6/55.2/33.5

All the four cars have a similar passenger capacity of 5.

In the case of the front headroom, the BMW impresses significantly while the Volkswagen CC Sedan isn't as spacious as the competition. The Infiniti however dominates the legroom for the front passengers while the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan continue to struggle with that as well.

Coming to the rear seats, the BMW once more offers the most generous headroom while the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan, again, fails to impress. However, the Volkswagen tries to stay in the game by offering a generous legroom for the passengers while the Volvo doesn't do so good in this regard.

Interior Features

  • 8-way power adjustable driver and passenger seat with multilevel heating
  • Foldable pass-thru center armrests
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Split folding rear seatbacks
  • External temperature display
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with audio and transmission control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Interior air filtration
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

Infotainment

The MIB II infotainment system is a graceful inclusion in the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan showcasing massive improvements from its first-generation system and is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink.

  • 8 total speakers
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Memory card slot
  • Satellite radio
  • AM/FM Stereo

Cargo

The cargo space in the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan could have been more than it is now but in comparison to its rivals, it doesn\u2019t end up so bad.

Model 2017 Volkswagen CC sedan Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t BMW 320i Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 13.2 13.2 13.0 12.0

Quite evidently, the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan boasts the largest cargo space of 13.2 cubic feet along with the Infiniti. The BMW falls behind by a couple of pointers and houses a 13 cubic feet trunk. Last but not the least, the Volvo is the least luggage accommodating car of the four with the lowest volume of 12 cubic feet.

2017 Volkswagen CC Features

6.4/10

Both the trims of the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan feature a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive as the only primary powertrain.

Trim Sport R-Line executive
MSRP $34,475 $37,820
Key

 

Features

  • Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
  • Power-operated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Electric parking brake
  • Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with proximity sensor, MP3/WMA/ FLAC-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD Radio, and SD memory card reader
  • Volkswagen Car-Net Guide & Inform with 3-month SiriusXM Traffic trial subscription and 3-month 
  • R-Line Sport bumpers and side sill extensions
  • Gloss black grille, side mirrors, and window trim
  • Power-operated, auto-dimming, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals and memory
  • Power-assisted, front vented disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes
  • Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with proximity sensor

 

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The R-Line Executive trim of the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan now comes with a leather upholstery and the adaptive cruise control feels better as well, especially during long road trips. On the other hand, the Sport trim introduces heated seats, keyless entry satellite radio and Bluetooth.

2017 Volkswagen CC Fuel Economy

6.4/10

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan struggles a bit in its fuel economy ratings and it can be aptly pointed out that the lack of the manual transmission might be the reason for its not-so-impressive numbers.

Model 2017 Volkswagen CC sedan Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t BMW 320i Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic
MPG (city) 22 23 23 25
MPG (highway) 31 30 35 39
MPG (combined) 25 25 28 29

The Volvo stands out in the table as the most fuel efficient vehicle among the four with the best ratings of 25 mpg in the cities, 39 mpg in the highways and 29 mpg combined which is an outstanding fuel economy given the fact that it puts out the most powerful engine performance.

2017 Volkswagen CC Exterior

8.1/10

"One of the CC's best traits is the way it looks on the outside. Though now in its eighth model year, the CC is still striking with its flowing roof, frameless windows, nubbed tail and an upward-creasing beltline that runs through the doors. It all conveys a car that's moving even when it's not. All models include bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights and LED daytime running lights."-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan enjoys the dimensions of an ideal four door Sedan and yet it manages to catch the attention because of its striking exterior styling.

Model 2017 Volkswagen CC sedan Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t BMW 320i Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic
Curb weight (lbs.) 3369 3671 3295 3619
Length(in) 189.1 189.6 182.5 182.5
Width(in) 73.0 71.8 71.3 73.4
Height(in) 55.8 57.2 56.3 58.4
Ground clearance (in) 4.9 5.0 6.0 5.4
Wheelbase (in) 106.7 112.2 110.6 109.3
Track width (in) F/R 61.1/61.4 60.8/61.6 60.3/61.9 62.1/62.0

The Volkswagen CC Sedan is the shortest in height among the four other than having the least ground clearance and wheelbase. The Infiniti is the heaviest, and the longest and has the largest wheelbase among the four. The BMW on the other hand is the lightest, least wide, has the most ground clearance and share the shortest length with the Volvo which is also widest and tallest and has the most track width as well.

Exterior Features

  • One-touch extended Power glass sunroof
  • Rear defogger
  • Variable intermitted rain sensing wipers
  • Cargo tie downs
  • Adaptive dusk sensing headlamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Brake Drying

 

2017 Volkswagen CC Safety

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan comes with a number of electronically active safety features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking and makes it a complete car for everyday usability and for highway cruises as well.

  • 3-point safety belts for all five seating positions; includes safety belt pre-tensioners for front seats
  • Driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat anchor points
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

 

IIHS Ratings
Small overlap front driver side Marginal
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Headlights Acceptable
Child seat anchors (LATCH) Marginal

NHTSA Rating is not available for VW CC Sedan

 

2017 Volkswagen CC Competition

Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t vs Volkswagen CC 

The Infiniti Q50 Pure 2.0t is a muscular and artfully sculpted midsized car. It comes with two engine options - a 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engine and 3-liter twin turbo V6 engine for those who aspire for an enhanced performance. The 7-speed automatic transmission is standard while you can choose between a rear wheel or all wheel drive system.

Also, you get email and concierge services in the infotainment system. Furthermore, the safety features include an automated emergency braking system and adaptive cruise control. When compared with the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan, it has a better engine performance, impressive acceleration and braking, fairly similar fuel economy and much better interior seating area.

BMW 320i vs Volkswagen CC 

The BMW 320i is a part of the trademark 3-series of BMW that was a benchmark for Sport sedans because of its unparallel tactility. You get a 2-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission and an optional 6-speed manual transmission which sends the power to either an all wheel drive or rear wheel drive system.

Against the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan, it lacks behind in terms of engine performance, does equally well in acceleration and even better in braking. Its fuel economy is better and so is the interior space.

Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic vs Volkswagen CC 

The Swedish inspired Volvo S60 T5 Dynamic is an ideal blend of safety features, good looks, and on-road smartness. Offering a peppy and powerful engine, upscale interior materials, comfortable seats and plenty of technology like pedestrian detection and collision warning, and automated emergency braking,

The Volvo doesn't take much time to attract the sedan lovers. In comparison with the 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan, it has massively powerful engine output and acceleration while being way more fuel efficient. 

 

2017 Volkswagen CC Final Verdict

The 2017 Volkswagen CC Sedan is an overall good car on its own but when its compared to its rivals in the market, it is seen to be struggling a lot. Plus, the price can be another setback. Thus, it will be fair to conclude that Volkswagen CC Sedan needs to bring in improvements in order to compete with its rivals.