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2013 Volkswagen CC Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Volkswagen CC was new.


Performance: 7.7

Auto critics are more than pleased with the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2013 Volkswagen CC. They like the V6 engine, but some aren’t happy with its hefty price increase over the base model. The DSG automated manual is the preferred transmission among test drivers, who say it changes gears with impressive speed and smoothness. Most reviewers like the athletic, yet comfortable handling of the CC, but one says its ride is overly firm.

  • "VW says that CC stands for Comfort Coupe, but we think that name might need some tweaking. While the CC does offer cushy seats, luxurious appointments and plenty of room, we found the ride of our 2.0T tester to be anything but comfortable on the pot hole-filled roads of the rear world." -- Left Lane News
  • "But on the highway, the CC demonstrated excellent manners. Its firm European suspension tuning allowed us to comfortably dart around traffic and exit freeway ramps at greater than the posted speed, but it was always compliant enough to absorb all but the largest craters in the asphalt. We racked up many very comfortable miles in this Volkswagen." -- Autoblog
  • "The 2013 Volkswagen CC drives as sharp as it looks. A laser-seam-welded body combined with taut suspension mitigates body lean and flex for an engaging driving experience. And despite its rigid construction, the CC still manages to soak up most pavement deformities without feeling overly harsh. Steering is light and manageable for simple parking maneuvers and appropriately weighted for increased control at highway speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "V-6 version is insanely expensive." -- Car and Driver (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Volkswagen CC is available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower. A 3.6-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower is optional. The four-cylinder engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed DSG automated manual, while the V6 comes with a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Volkswagen recommends premium gas for all CC trim levels. Four-cylinder CC models with the automated manual earn an EPA fuel economy rating of 22/31 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive V6 models get 17/25 mpg.

Reviewers agree that the turbo four is more than sufficient because it offers strong acceleration and good fuel economy, though test drivers are also happy with the V6’s power. Some think the V6 models are too expensive compared with the base turbo four model though. They especially like VW’s DSG automated manual transmission, noting how quickly and smoothly it changes gears.

  • "Both of the CC's available engines provide quick acceleration, and we suspect most buyers will be happy with the turbo-4 given its superior fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • "Dual-clutch transmissions are inherently more clunky than their torque-converter counterparts, but VW's DSG is one of the smoothest on the market. Starting from a standstill is a non-issue and up and down shifts are lightning fast." -- Left Lane News
  • "Volkswagen's turbocharged 2.0-liter is hard to fault, and it's a good fit for the CC. Acceleration is quick off the line, strong around town, and the DSG does a nice job automatically rowing through the gears all by itself." -- Autoblog
  • "While the standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine provides an abundance of low-end torque and ample fuel efficiency, we did, however, observe some mild vibration at low engine speeds. On the other hand, the available V6 smoothly delivers all of its 280 horses through a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission with gear changes so quick the tachometer needle can hardly keep pace." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The majority of test drivers agree that the CC’s ride strikes a balance between comfort and sport, though one says it is too firm and doesn’t absorb bumpy roads well. Overall, reviewers think the CC is capable, but not the sportiest car in the class. Several say the steering is responsive and the brakes are strong. All-wheel drive is standard on the top-of-the-line VR6 trim and is not available on any other trim.

  • "In the name of giving the CC a sporty ride to match its sporty silhouette, VW went a little too far. The CC's ride is nearly sports car firm, with every bump and undulation sent directly to your backside. Unless you live in a world of perfectly smooth tarmac, you might tire of CC's stiff ride." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2013 Volkswagen CC neatly splits the difference between sporty handling and a comfortable quality that should be agreeable to a majority of drivers. The sport-tuned suspension is on the firm side, but it should be OK for those used to German cars and still ably isolates passengers from all but the harshest of road imperfections." -- Edmunds
  • "It's a very competent front-wheel-drive sedan with sporty pretenses and very enjoyable to drive in its own way, but calling the CC a sport sedan is completely misleading." -- Autoblog
  • "CC feels well composed, with good grip and minimal body lean in turns. The brakes deliver smooth, strong stopping action." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The ride is still refined yet sporty, the steering light but tactile and responsive." -- Car and Driver

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