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2016 Volkswagen CC Review

The 2016 Volkswagen CC ranks in the lower half of the luxury midsize car class. Rivals offer more upscale interiors, more engaging performances, and higher safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Average price is low for the class
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Low safety scores for the class
  • Little rear-seat headroom

New for 2016

  • New Trend base model
  • Updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • New advanced safety features available





Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.6
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2016 Volkswagen CC Overview

Is the 2016 Volkswagen CC a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Volkswagen CC is an OK used luxury midsize car. It has a sophisticated cabin with high-end materials, as well as a comfortable ride with smooth handling. It’s also one of the most affordable sedans in its class. However, it also has low safety scores, and many rivals feature more cargo space, sportier driving dynamics, and more upscale interiors.

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How Much Is the 2016 Volkswagen CC?

Our used car site has more than 70 listings for the 2016 Volkswagen CC, with prices ranging from $14,900 to $27,000. The average list price is $20,000. That’s well below most other cars in this class. Keep in mind that prices vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, equipment, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Volkswagen CC Cost to Own?

Over the course of five years, you can expect to pay around $26,700 for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Volkswagen CC, or about $5,350 per year. That’s about average for the 2016 luxury midsize car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New CC?

Volkswagen plans to replace the CC with the Arteon for the 2019 model year. The Arteon is expected to have a stronger base engine than the CC and to come in a hatchback body style, allowing for more cargo space.

You won’t find any new luxury sedans within the price range of a used 2016 CC. Even new, nonluxury midsize cars are likely to be more expensive. However, if you’re willing to step down in class a bit, you may find a few smaller cars to your liking. The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA ($15,950) is an excellent subcompact sedan. The CC has more space for passengers, but the iA has more cargo space, as well as better safety scores, higher fuel economy estimates, and more standard features. The 2018 Ford Focus ($17,950) is another possibility. It offers more spirited driving than the CC, as well as better fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Volkswagen CC?

According to J.D. Power, the 2016 Volkswagen CC has a reliability rating of three out of five. That’s average for the automotive industry but below average for the luxury midsize car class.

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2016 Volkswagen CC Recalls

At the time of this writing, three recalls have been issued on the 2016 CC. One addresses rear child locks that may disengage. Another involves a possible fuel pump failure that may cause the engine to stall. The third deals with incorrectly installed head restraints that may increase the risk of injury in a crash. Before buying this vehicle, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Volkswagen CC Is Best?

The 2016 Volkswagen CC is part of a generation that ran from the 2009 through 2017 model years. The 2013 through 2016 models have similar scores. CC models prior to 2013 only had four seats, while every model since seats five. Additional standard features – including a rearview camera – were added to the 2014 model. The 2015 CC is nearly identical to the 2014 model. For 2016, Volkswagen added a new base trim, updated the infotainment system, added support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and made adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with automatic brake assist available. For 2017, VW reduced the lineup to two trims – the CC Sport and CC R-Line Executive – and discontinued the available V6 engine and manual transmission. We recommend the 2016 CC, but the 2014 model is a good choice if you're looking to save more money.

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Which Used Volkswagen CC Model Is Right for Me?

Volkswagen lists five trims for the 2016 CC: Trend, Sport, R-Line, R-Line Executive, and V6 Executive 4Motion. The base Trend is a solid choice. It provides plenty of standard features for a reasonable price, including alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, VW Car-Net smartphone integration, and a 6.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Volkswagen CC Sport trim adds a six-speed automatic transmission, keyless entry with push-button start, and a different infotainment system with navigation. The R-Line adds distinctive styling elements. If you want advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic brake assist, and lane departure alert, or the stronger V6 engine and all-wheel drive, you’ll have to step up to the top-of-the-line V6 Executive 4Motion.

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What Does Volkswagen's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volkswagen offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles seven years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. You receive the balance of the new-car warranty when you purchase a CPO model, and depending on your car’s model year, you get a limited comprehensive warranty that takes effect once the new-car warranty has expired. For 2018 and newer VWs, the limited comprehensive warranty is good for one year or 12,000 miles. The length of the warranty increases to two years or 24,000 miles for 2017-and-older gas, hybrid, and electric vehicles. Finally, 2016 and older TDI vehicles get a two-year/unlimited miles warranty.

VW CPO vehicles must pass a 100-plus-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, a Carfax vehicle history report, a three-month SiriusXM All-Access satellite radio trial subscription, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Volkswagen’s CPO program is the least robust of all auto manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the CC?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 CC four out of five stars in its rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the CC Good ratings (the best possible) in four out of five crash test categories. It earned the second-lowest score of Marginal in the IIHS small overlap front test.

A rearview camera is the 2016 CC’s only standard active safety feature. A number of others are available, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Volkswagen CC Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Volkswagen CC or 2016 Acura TLX?

The 2016 Acura TLX rates similarly to the CC. Both cars offer a comfortable ride and numerous standard features, though the Acura claims a slight edge in both. The two have comparable passenger and cargo capacities, but the TLX has higher fuel economy and crash test ratings. The Acura also has advanced safety features you won’t find in the VW, such as blind spot monitoring. One advantage the CC has is its price. The average 2016 CC is about $6,000 less than the average 2016 TLX. The CC also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity while the TLX does not. Both cars are OK picks, but the TLX just edges the CC.

Which Is Better: 2016 Volkswagen CC or 2016 Volkswagen Passat?

Neither the 2016 Volkswagen Passat nor the CC is the best option in their respective classes (the Passat is an affordable midsize car). Neither is a bad car, but both are outclassed by rivals offering more glamorous interiors or superior performance. Between the two, though, the Passat is the better choice. It offers more front- and rear-seat room, as well as a larger trunk. While the two sedans offer similar features, the Passat will likely cost you less to get them. Additionally, the Passat has higher safety scores than the CC.

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2016 CC Performance

How Does the 2016 Volkswagen CC Drive?

The 2016 Volkswagen CC is not the most engaging car to drive, but it does offer a comfortable ride. Its 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine delivers satisfactory power, and the available V6 adds quicker acceleration. However, the V6 is only available in the 4Motion Executive trim.

Front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard, while a six-speed automated manual transmission is available. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic are standard in the 4Motion Executive trim.

Does the 2016 Volkswagen CC Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and a manual transmission, the 2016 CC gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. That’s about typical for the luxury midsize car class. The Executive 4Motion trim with the V6 engine gets a much lower 17/25 mpg city/highway.

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2016 CC Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 CC Seat?

The 2016 Volkswagen CC seats five on leatherette upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a massaging driver’s seat are available. The front seats provide generous headroom and legroom, as well as plenty of support. The back seats are less accommodating, with decent legroom but cramped headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Volkswagen CC?

The 2016 Volkswagen CC has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the CC’s LATCH system a Marginal rating (the second-lowest possible) for ease of use.

2016 Volkswagen CC Features

The base CC comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rearview camera, VW Car-Net smartphone integration, and a 6.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Available features include push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation. Several advanced safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, and forward collision warning with automatic braking assist are also available.

The CC’s interior controls are easy to use and operate, and its infotainment system responds quickly to inputs.

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2016 Volkswagen CC Dimensions

Volkswagen CC Cargo Space

The 2016 Volkswagen CC has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s just below average for the class. However, the CC has a pass-through for longer items, and its 60/40 split-folding rear seats drop to increase overall cargo capacity.

2016 CC Length and Weight

The 2016 Volkswagen CC is about 15.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,358 pounds in the base trim with the manual transmission to 3,581 pounds in the Executive 4Motion with the V6 engine.

Where Was the 2016 Volkswagen CC Built?

The 2016 Volkswagen CC was built in Germany.

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