2010 Volkswagen CC SportPosted on June 23rd, 2010
Sporty coupe styling with the practicality of a sedan
By Nina Russin
The CC is Volkswagen’s four-door coupe: combining a sporty aerodynamic profile with the practicality of a sedan. Buyers can choose from two engines: a turbocharged four cylinder block rated at 200 horsepower, or a 280-horsepower V-6. Buyers who opt for the larger engine can add all-wheel drive.
This year the automaker is introducing a new DSG automatic transmission as an alternative to the six-speed manual. The direct shift gearbox is an automated dual-clutch system that offers the crispness of a friction-based gearbox without the clutch pedal. Drivers can either use the automatic mode or manually select gears with the shift lever.
The test car is the base sport model, priced from $27,760, not including the $800 delivery charge. The DSG transmission adds $1100 to the base price, bringing the price as tested to $29,660.
Outstanding fuel economy
The new gearbox enhances gas mileage by using friction rather than hydraulic coupling. A digital display in the gauge cluster indicates real-time fuel economy. The CC typically averages about 15 mpg warming up.
But once up to temperature, the car maintains about 30 miles-per-gallon: slightly higher on the highway. Gas mileage during the test drive was far better in stop-and-go traffic than the 22 mpg EPA estimate.
I didn’t have the opportunity to test the CC on particularly challenging roads. Most driving included urban streets and the stretch of the 10 freeway between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.
But I was impressed with how well balanced the front-wheel drive chassis feels. The CC is heavier up front than in back due to the transaxle. But the car doesn’t have the nose-heavy handling that some front-wheel drive cars suffer from.
The electro-mechanical rack-and-pinion steering offers excellent response at all speeds. There is plenty of low-speed assist for maneuvering around parking lots, with positive on-center response on the highway.
A 35.8 foot turning radius is excellent for a car with a 106.7-inch wheelbase. The occasional U-turn on city streets is a non-issue.
A four-wheel independent suspension provides a firm but comfortable ride. Front and rear stabilizer bars keep the chassis flat in the corners.
The turbocharged engine seems well matched to the chassis, with plenty of pep for the driving enthusiast. Engineers wisely contained curb weight to just under 3400 pounds.
The CC accelerates from zero-to-sixty miles-per-hour in 7.4 seconds, and has a top speed of 130 miles-per-hour. The direct injection engine delivers fuel directly into the engine cylinders rather than passing through the valves for enhanced throttle response and less parasitic fuel loss.
The new transmission takes some getting used to, especially in the fully automatic mode. Shifts aren’t as smooth as for a hydraulically-actuated automatic transmission. There are times when the transmission seems to hesitate before up-shifting. The problem is most noticeable on hilly roads. Driving on the highway isn’t a problem.
Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel antilock braking stop the car in a firm, linear fashion.
I’d be remiss not to discuss the CC’s styling since the design is an important part of the car’s character. Up front, a chrome grille sits between wrap-around headlamps. Bi-xenon headlamps come standard with the VR6 model; the sport grade gets halogen beams with standard daytime running lamps.
The sedan’s long hood connects to a sharply-raked roof, giving the car a bullet-like profile. The CC rides on standard 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season performance tires.
The car’s high beltline connects to wrap-around taillamps and a snub rear decklid.
Its aerodynamic styling makes gives the CC a premium appearance. The design also reduces the aerodynamic drag. The Volkswagen CC has a .284 coefficient of drag, which is excellent for a sedan.
The car’s interior seats up to four adults. I was surprised at the amount of headroom in the second row, considering the CC’s sharply-raked roof. The black leatherette upholstery on the test car is attractive, but not especially practical in the heat of a Phoenix, Arizona summer. Ditto for the metal reverse lockout button on the shift lever.
Heated front seats are standard on all grades.
Both rows of seats have similar center consoles, with a couple of large cupholders and small bins for stashing cell phones. None of the doors have bottle holders, but the cupholders are large enough to stash 20-inch bottles.
White-on-black gauges are easy to read in a variety of lighting conditions. The digital information display in the gauge cluster lists driving range, fuel economy, ambient temperature, time of day, trip meter and odometer readings.
Controls on the steering wheel allow the driver to use the Bluetooth interface or change the information display settings.
The center stack is clean and uncluttered, with simple rotary dials for controlling the HVAC system. A touch-screen display lists audio selections. The 2010 CC comes with an upgraded audio system from last year’s model, including an AM/FM radio with an in-dash CD changer and standard satellite radio. An auxiliary port in the center console bin interfaces with MP3 players.
Controls for the standard hill-hold feature and the electronic stability system are next to the shift lever.
A locking glovebox provides secure storage for front passengers.
Dual overhead reading lamps above each row of seating illuminate the car at night. The front overhead console includes a sunglass holder.
Vents behind the center console circulate air through the back of the cabin. A 12-volt power point allows second-row passengers to recharge portable electronic devices.
Second-row seats fold flat to extend the trunk’s cargo floor. There is also a locking pass-through, so the driver can load in skis or other long items with the second-row seats in place.
The Volkswagen CC has a long, spacious trunk that can easily hold a couple of golf bags, luggage or a week’s worth of groceries. Buyers who need to carry bicycles would be better served with one of Volkswagen’s sport-utility vehicles.
The Volkswagen CC comes standard with front, side and side curtain airbags, four-channel antilock braking, electronic stability and traction control. The hill-hold feature prevents the car from sliding backwards on a steep grade.
Volkswagen’s three-year/36,000 mile warranty includes free scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance for the warranty period.
Volkswagen builds the CC at its Emden, Germany assembly plant.
Likes: An attractive sport sedan that meets our best value price criteria, with excellent fuel economy.
Dislike: Optional DSG automatic transmission can shift roughly on hilly roads.
Model: CC Sport
Base price: $27,760
As tested: $29,660
Horsepower: 200 Hp @ 5100 rpm
Torque: 207 lbs.-ft. @ 1700 rpm
Zero-to-sixty: 7.4 seconds
Antilock brakes: Standard
Side curtain airbags: Standard
First aid kit: N/A
Bicycle friendly: No
Fuel economy: 22/31 mpg city/highway
4 responses to “2010 Volkswagen CC Sport”
It is very nice car.i like it, to be honest i rarely think body kits make a car look better.Volkswagen has the personal touch to create a good sports car like Passat CC R-Line. As I read all the article, they bring up all high class modification on this car and also switching the wheels into sports type and it’s made up of alloy.volkswagen is always touch directly to customer satisfaction.
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the price for this car is very reasonable as compared to other cars from VW.
if the specs and features are considered then this is very good car and even the $27000 to $38000 price tag is also good.
the mileage is very nice with 21 to 31 mpg. Great car
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