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.
What is now the entry-level model gets quite a substantial complement of features, including a rearview camera, heated power front seats with leatherette upholstery, bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights and daytime running lights, foglamps, Bluetooth phone and audio, and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Also included are a navigation system with 6.3-inch touchscreen, keyless access, pushbutton start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 17-inch wheels.