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2015 Volkswagen CC Review

The 2015 Volkswagen CC sits in the bottom half of our luxury midsize car rankings. The CC has a handsome cabin and energetic engines, but it's not as spacious as some rivals, and its technology is behind the times.

Pros & Cons

  • Lively engines
  • Upscale, well-built interior
  • Limited rear-seat headroom
  • Infotainment system has small screen and dated appearance
  • Few available advanced safety features

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.6
Reliability:
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2015 Volkswagen CC Overview

Is the 2015 Volkswagen CC a Good Used Car?

The 2015 CC is an OK car, and it tends to cost less than most other luxury midsize cars. It has two lively engine choices and a high-end interior, with comfortable front seats and quality cabin materials. The CC’s driving dynamics fall somewhere between comfortable and sporty, though this four-door doesn't really excel at either. On the downside, the CC's technology is out of date. You can get more modern infotainment systems and a longer list of advanced safety features in numerous rivals.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Volkswagen CC review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 50 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2015 Volkswagen CC?

Based on about 300 listings for the 2015 Volkswagen CC on our site, the average price is $17,400. Prices range from $14,900 to $21,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Volkswagen CC Cost to Own?

The 2015 VW CC’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $28,600, or $5,720 per year.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CC?

Volkswagen discontinued the CC after the 2017 model year, so you won't find any new models for sale.

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In the luxury midsize car segment, no new car comes close to the 2015 CC's average price of $17,400. You can’t even buy a new luxury small car or an affordable midsize car for that amount.

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Which Model Year of the Volkswagen CC Is Best?

Volkswagen built only one generation of the CC, with production running from the 2009 to 2017 model years. Among the later models, the 2016 CC is one of the best. Its infotainment system is better, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink among the standard features. Also for 2016, high-tech safety features became available, including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. You may be able to save money with a 2015 or older CC, but you'll be missing out on some alluring technology.

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­­­How Reliable Is the 2015 Volkswagen CC?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 CC a reliability rating of three out of five. That's about average for the industry, but it’s below average for a used luxury midsize car.

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2015 Volkswagen CC Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 CC. One recall deals with the fuel pump, which could fail and cause the engine to stall.

Two recalls deal with the air bags. The first involves the driver’s frontal air bag inflator, which could rupture in the event of a crash. The second concerns the electronic control unit, which could malfunction and lead to the possible deactivation or inadvertent deployment of the air bags.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Volkswagen CC Is Right for Me?

The 2015 CC is available in four trims: 2.0T Sport, 2.0T R-Line, 2.0T Executive, and 3.6 VR6 Executive. The number at the beginning of the trim name indicates whether the model comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6.

Standard features in the CC Sport and R-Line trims include a 5-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker sound system, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rearview camera, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and synthetic leather upholstery.

The CC Executive trim gets a 6.5-inch touch screen, genuine leather upholstery, and a sunroof. Upgrades for the VR6 Executive include all-wheel drive, front and rear parking sensors, a power rear sunshade, a Dynaudio sound system, ventilated front seats, and a massaging driver’s seat.

Because the R-Line doesn't get many extras, other than larger alloy wheels and some exterior body elements, budget-minded shoppers should stick with the CC Sport.

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Certified Pre-Owned Volkswagen CC Warranty

Volkswagen CPO warranties vary depending on model. See your VW dealer for information. Volkswagen CPO vehicles must pass a 100-plus point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, most car manufacturers have more robust CPO programs than the one offered by Volkswagen.

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How Safe Is the CC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Volkswagen CC the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CC four out of five stars in the rollover test. The CC did not receive an overall safety rating.

All 2015 CC sedans are equipped with a rearview camera and adaptive bi-xenon headlights, which pivot to increase visibility around corners. Front and rear parking sensors are available only in the top VR6 Executive trim.

The CC lacks the advanced safety features available in many competing vehicles, such as blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning with brake assist.

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2015 Volkswagen CC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen CC or 2015 Volkswagen Passat?

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat doesn't feel as engaging from behind the wheel as the CC, and the Passat has a weaker base engine than the CC. However, if those aren't deal breakers, the Passat is a better choice overall. It has a larger trunk and gives rear-seat passengers more. Also, compared to the CC, the Passat has a lower average list price by about $2,200. For those who want the best of both worlds, a V6 engine with the same horsepower rating as the CC's is available in the Passat’s top trim.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen CC or 2015 Audi A6?

The 2015 Audi A6 is a better luxury midsize car than the CC in almost every way. It has a stronger engine lineup, a more fuel-efficient base engine, a smoother ride, and nimbler handling. The Audi's interior is just as refined as the CC’s, with standard leather seats, genuine wood inlays, and sophisticated technology. Be prepared to shell out quite a bit more, though, as the A6 tends to cost about $9,000 more than the CC on average.

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2015 CC Performance

How Does the 2015 Volkswagen CC Drive?

No matter which engine is under the hood, the CC accelerates quickly and feels lively. Most trims come with front-wheel drive and a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automated manual transmission, which operates like an automatic transmission.

Powering the VR6 Executive 4Motion trim is a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard in this model.

The CC has a sport-tuned suspension that helps keep the car in check around curves while absorbing most road imperfections. But spirited drivers may want more athleticism than the CC can provide, and commuters may yearn for a more laid-back ride.

Does the 2015 Volkswagen CC Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base four-cylinder engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is a typical fuel economy rating for a luxury midsize car. With the V6, those numbers drop to 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway. For the typical driver, that increases annual fuel costs by about $550.

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2015 CC Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 CC Seat?

The CC has lush, supportive seating for five. Though VW describes the CC as a coupe, it is actually a four-door sedan. The front seats have ample head- and legroom, and there is decent space in the back to stretch your legs, but the sloping roofline cuts into head space for taller adults. The upscale interior is well-built and features lots of quality materials.

Heated front seats and synthetic leather upholstery come standard. Available features include genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a massaging driver’s seat.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Volkswagen CC?

The 2015 CC has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats on the rear outboard seats.

2015 Volkswagen CC Features

The CC won't blow you away when it comes to cutting-edge technology. The basic infotainment display is small, but the system is straightforward and easy to use, and its knobs are conveniently located.

Standard features include a 5-inch touch screen, navigation, an eight-speaker audio system, iPod connectivity, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include an upgraded navigation system, a 6.5-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker Dynaudio premium audio system, push-button start, and a sunroof.

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2015 Volkswagen CC Dimensions

Volkswagen CC Cargo Space

The CC has a 13.2-cubic-foot trunk. That's a bit small for a luxury midsize car, but the liftover height is low, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats come standard.

2015 CC Length and Weight

The CC is about 15.9 feet long. Its curb weight is between 3,358 and 3,851 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 4,475 to 4,850 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Volkswagen CC Built?

Volkswagen built the 2015 CC in Germany.

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