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2016 Volkswagen CC Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Volkswagen CC was new.


Performance: 7.8

With its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, reviewers say the 2016 Volkswagen CC has satisfying acceleration. They agree that the available V6 offers a bit more power. Auto writers say the 2016 CC's ride is on the firm side, but that it still comfortably absorbs road imperfections. They appreciate its strong brakes and well-weighted steering. However, a few critics note that, when compared with sport sedans, the CC isn't as fun to drive. The VW CC's fuel economy estimates are typical for an upscale midsize car. 

  • "Most drivers will find that the CC strikes an agreeable balance between engaging handling and a comfortable ride." -- Edmunds
  • "While the sport-tuned suspension allows more body roll than you might expect, that's partly why the CC can traverse rough pavement with supple composure. And don't get us wrong, this is still an entertaining car to drive on a winding road." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "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. Put it this way: We were never compelled to wring it out on Mulholland Highway." -- Autoblog (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The base Volkswagen CC has a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available. The VR6 4Motion Executive model comes with a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the base model with an automatic transmission earns 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is on par with most cars in the class.

Most test drivers are pleased with the 2016 CC's base engine, noting that it delivers good power and seamless acceleration, but others are less enthusiastic. While auto writers think the available V6 is more powerful, some note that the slight boost in strength is not worth the price of upgrading. The 2016 CC comes standard with front-wheel drive, and V6 Executive 4MOTION models have all-wheel drive.

  • "The 2016 Volkswagen CC's four-cylinder engine provides respectable acceleration and fuel economy. The V6 is stronger, but the step up in cost doesn't seem worth it to us given the minimal improvement in acceleration." -- Edmunds
  • "It moves with authority, yet acceleration is more smooth than rapid, rocket-like propulsion." -- Kelley Blue Book (V6) (2015)
  • "The base engine is the brand's excellent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Its refinement and power make it as good as the V-6s from many of its competitors, and it gets better fuel economy." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The VR6 turns the CC into a seriously swift car, one that competes rather well with entry-level luxury models like the Audi A4." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Handling and Braking

Automotive writers say the 2016 Volkswagen CC's ride is well-balanced between firm and comfortable, and it absorbs bumpy roads well. Still, critics note that some cars in the class offer much sharper handling. A few reviewers think the CC's brakes are seamless and powerful, and its steering is nicely weighted. 

  • "Most drivers will find that the CC strikes an agreeable balance between engaging handling and a comfortable ride. In typical Germanic fashion, the ride is on the firm side, but the suspension still takes the edge off of most road imperfections. When cornering at reasonable speeds, the Volkswagen CC doesn't feel as sharp and controlled as a pure-bred sport sedan, but it's more than respectable as family sedans go." -- Edmunds
  • "While the CC's ride isn't cushy, it isn't overly firm, the balance between ride and handling is just about right." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Normally, I'm complaining about overly-light, over-boosted power steering, but I rather liked this setup." -- CNET (2014)
  • "The brakes deliver smooth, strong stopping action." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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