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2017 Volkswagen CC Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Volkswagen CC was new.


Performance: 7.7

The 2017 Volkswagen CC features good overall performance. A standard turbocharged engine is powerful enough for most situations, including accelerating from a standstill and overtaking other cars on the highway. The ride quality is mostly comfortable, albeit a little stiff. Handling is somewhat engaging, though not completely sporty.

  • "If a picture is worth a thousand words, the 2016 Volkswagen CC's long, low appearance says all you need to know about this car's performance potential. The CC's lightweight body and firm suspension create a driving experience that is both engaging yet comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The CC may trace its roots back to an old Passat, but it's definitely a driver's car. The hunkered-down, coupelike seating position imparts a sense of control, and the CC is unflappable at speed. 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 (2015)
  • "Most drivers will find that the CC strikes an agreeable balance between engaging handling and a comfortable ride." -- Edmunds (2015)

Acceleration and Power

All 2017 CC models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are also standard. According to the EPA, the CC gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which are below-average estimates for the class.

The standard engine in the 2017 Volkswagen CC can accelerate well from a stop or when moving at high speeds. Passing other cars on the highway is easy. The dual-clutch automatic transmission works well with the engine and shifts smoothly.

  • "Now the only engine offered, the 200-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder offers good power for initial acceleration and higher-speed passing. We're also fans of the dual-clutch 6-speed automatic transmission that is well-matched to this engine." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The … Volkswagen CC's four-cylinder engine provides respectable acceleration and fuel economy." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Power is just right from the 2.0-liter turbo, anything that'll spin up the front wheels around a turn is more than enough. ... You'll have no problem passing on the expressway or getting ahead of other drivers at red lights." -- Autoweek (2015)

Handling and Braking

The Volkswagen CC has well-balanced handling that is both comfortable and sporty. It absorbs bumps in the road and stays composed over rough pavement. The steering is precise and confident, but it lacks the athleticism and total engaging qualities of other sport-focused sedans.

  • "Based on VW's well-regarded Passat platform, it's not surprising the CC has a similar feel as its midsize-sedan sibling, though with livelier flair thanks to a standard sport-tuned suspension. Combined with its lightweight body, the CC serves up engaging yet comfortable driving manners. VW has managed to make the CC's taut suspension proactive in the curves without being overly reactive to road imperfections, such as expansion joints and potholes. As one would expect from a Volkswagen, the CC's steering is precise and well balanced, with just the right amount of power assist when needed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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. If you prefer additional athleticism in spirited driving, something like the aforementioned 320i should hit the spot." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The car gets handling, brakes and manual-transmission feel just about perfect, though I found the steering a little slow, particularly after a few days in the Mercedes-Benz C300. Still, for driving dynamics, the CC is head and shoulders above generic Japanese midsize sedan competitors and close enough to an Audi A4 to make those three extra rings look really expensive." -- Autoweek (2015)

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