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Nearing Retirement: 2017 Volkswagen CC

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Since 2008 the Volkswagen CC marked an innovative take on the mid-sized premium sedan for those that didn’t want to play Mr. Mom but also didn’t want to lose their wallet to the more prestigious brand. Now 9 years later, with a mid-cycle refresh in 2011, the CC may look as ageless as a Jennifer Aniston at the Grammys, but how does it hold up against some of the more tech savvy, hip kids on the block?

It’s like time has stood still, the CC still looks respectable coming on ten years – buts that’s Volkswagen for you. The clean lines, swooping roof line and pillarless door frames all add a serene premium, yet sporty flair. The end is near however for this generation and therefore what used to be offered in multiple trim selections now only comes in two variants – Sport or R-LINE. The Sport, as seen here, comes with one price tag, $35,340. And like an all you can eat buffet, it has everything you’ll want from a premium sedan – Bi-Xenon headlights, leatherette interior, touch screen navigation and an overall pleasing ecstatic atmosphere.

The CC used to be offered with two engine options, a turbocharged four-cylinder or a more gratifying V-6. With the V-6 eliminated from the lineup, we’re left with Volkswagen traditional 2.0-liter turbo engine. 200-horsepower is an adequate amount of power for this mid-size sedan – it’s not exactly quick taking 7-seconds to highway speeds, however, being paired to its fantastic dual-clutch DSG six-speed transmission, it provides enough swiftness to comfortably get moving and overtake anybody that gets in the way. Handling matches its performance being satisfactory for the day-to-day motions – the CC contains a confident chassis and handles itself well. The steering maintains decent composure and an accurate feel – the suspension holds up its end of the bargain feeling solid and well planted while keep true to its premium appellation within the cabin.

In this modern world, technology evolves faster than time itself. That’s a tough challenge for car makers to keep up with. Especially for a car that was designed nearly 10 years ago. 2017 incorporates enough changes into the CC to keep it fresh and interesting. Unfortunately, we don’t see these changes on our test subject because the now available adaptive cruise control, lane departure/assist, and Forward Collision Alert/Braking come standard on the more expensive R-LINE.

Like the outside, the inside of the CC still looks modern and will continue so into the next decade. The wood finish and clock in the center of the dash adds that classic premium appeal. Our two tone leatherette interior pairs well with our exterior blue paint. It’s a comfortable sedan that occupies four people comfortably without any issues. Even with the slopping roof line, rear passengers can find adequate room to move around.

While this interior may have been considered premium a few years ago, it no longer suits today standards. The plastics are hard with no soft touch materials. It doesn’t offer Volkswagen newest steering wheel control layout. The digital cluster looks like something we’d see from a clock radio. It doesn’t offer blind spot monitoring and the backup camera is like its from 2010.

At $35,340 – the CC is overpriced considering other brands offer more technology and comfort features like ventilated seats and a panoramic sunroof. But if gizmos and gadgets aren’t your thing and all you want is a car that will look as good in 10 years as the day you first bought it, the CC is all-around a good car to have. But you better get one soon, this CC is nearing its retirement, in which case the new kid, Volkswagen Arteon will soon take its place.

Vehicle Specifications:
2017 Volkswagen CC Sport: $34,475
As Tested (including Options & Destination): $35,340
Performance Specs:
2.0-liter TSI Turbocharged Four-Cyldiner – 200-Horsepower, Six-Speed Dual-Clutch DSG Transmission – 0-60MPH: ±7.5 seconds
EPA MPG: 22/31/25 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average:  23 MPG’s – Fuel Range: ±405 Miles


  1. It’s behind the times from a tech / fit & finish perspective, but the design is (and will be) attractive for years to come. A tough sell in a very competitive market segment!

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