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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

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

The Volkswagen CC mixes the elegant styling of a coupe with the functionality of a four-door sedan, but its cramped rear headroom and below-average safety ratings push this vehicle to the bottom half of the upscale midsize car class.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Muscular engines
  • Clean, stylish interior

 

 

  • Tight rear headroom
  • Few advanced safety features
  • Dated infotainment system

 

2015 Volkswagen CC Overview

Is the 2015 Volkswagen CC a Good Used Car?

The Volkswagen CC is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used upscale midsize car. The CC offers potent four- and six-cylinder engines, an athletic yet composed ride, and a well-dressed interior. Used CCs are also some of the least expensive models in the class. That said, the CC has its share of drawbacks. Its rear seats are cramped, the infotainment system feels low-tech, and the CC lacks the advanced safety features that have become common in this class, such as forward collision warning.

Used 2015 Volkswagen CC Performance and Interior

The Volkswagen CC comes standard with a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (front-wheel drive only); a 3.6-liter V6 with 280 horsepower (all-wheel drive only) is available. A six-speed manual transmission and dual-clutch automatic are available with the four-cylinder. The V6 is paired solely with a six-speed automatic. Both engines feel muscular in everyday driving. Acceleration is swift, and there’s ample passing power at highway speeds. The automatic transmissions deliver smooth, prompt shifts, and the manual feels especially precise. Fuel economy is decent for the 2.0-liter engine, at 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. However, it’s disappointing for the V6 (17/25 mpg city/highway).

The CC finds a nice balance between relaxed and sporty handling. The suspension smooths out most bumps and dips in the road, yet keeps the VW stable at high speeds and composed through turns. The steering is direct and nicely weighted.

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The Volkswagen CC seats five. The interior is impressively hushed and the material quality is good, even in lower trim levels. The dashboard benefits from a clean, simple design. The CC offers fine headroom up front and ample legroom in both rows, however its coupe-like roofline cuts significantly into rear headroom. It also hampers rear visibility. The CC’s seats are supportive and fairly plush. Heated front seats and leatherette upholstery are standard; leather, cooled, and massaging seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The trunk has a decent 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which can expand thanks to the folding rear seats.

Volkswagen equips all CC sedans with a touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and the Car-Net telematics system. Car-Net allows drivers to use their cellphones to remotely lock or unlock the vehicle, locate their parking spot, and set speed and driving distance alerts. The CC’s dashboard controls are nicely arranged and very easy to use. The touch screen is simple and user-friendly as well, but it feels low-tech compared to the infotainment systems in competing vehicles – both in terms of graphics and functionality.

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Used 2015 Volkswagen CC Prices

The price of a used 2015 Volkswagen CC ranges from about $18,900 for CC Sport models to around $25,100 for VR6 Executive models. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Volkswagen CC?

The VW CC has average reliability for the auto industry as a whole, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the CC?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CC the highest rating of Good for roof strength, seat safety, side impact safety, and moderate overlap front crash safety. It received a Marginal rating (the second lowest) for small overlap front crash safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the VW four out of five stars for rollover crash testing.

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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Should I Consider Another Used CC?

The 2015 Volkswagen CC marks the seventh model year of the vehicle’s first generation. The 2013 model underwent an exterior redesign, and the 2014 model made navigation a standard feature. With little difference between the models, you may consider purchasing an earlier model year to save money.

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Which Used Volkswagen CC Is Right for Me?

Volkswagen offers the 2015 CC in four trim levels: 2.0T Sport, 2.0T R-Line, 2.0T Executive, and 3.6 VR6 Executive. The Volkswagen CC Sport and R-Line trims have a 5-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rearview camera, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and V-Tex leatherette upholstery. The CC Executive trim adds a sunroof, leather seats, and a larger 6.5-inch touch screen. The CC VR6 Executive trim adds all-wheel drive, a V6 engine, parking sensors, a power rear sunshade, a Dynaudio sound system, cooled front seats, and a massaging driver’s seat.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned CC. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

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2015 Volkswagen CC and Other Cars to Consider

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

The 2015 Volkswagen CC shares much in common with the previous-generation Passat sedan, which ended production in 2010. When compared to the newer 2015 VW Passat, it trails that vehicle in interior quality, seating space, fuel economy, and price. Used Passats are often thousands of dollars less. While the CC does edge out the Passat in reliability, neither are top picks in their respective classes.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen CC or 2015 Audi A4?

You’re likely to pay much more for a used 2015 Audi A4, but you’ll end up with a far better luxury car. The Audi offers superior reliability and safety ratings, more advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, a higher-quality interior, roomier rear seats, and a more capable infotainment system. If it’s between these two sport-tuned luxury sedans, go with the A4.

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