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  • 2017 Volkswagen CC Sport

    Posted on May 3rd, 2017 ninarussin

    Entry luxury sport sedan

    By Nina Russin

    2017 Volkswagen CC

    2017 Volkswagen CC

    While most people don’t think of Volkswagen as a luxury brand, the automaker does produce some luxury vehicles: the sporty CC coupe-sedan among them. The CC is an older platform as Volkswagen vehicles go, but still worth a careful look for its timeless styling and appealing road manners.

    With its long nose and bullet-shaped passenger cabin, the CC is a sport sedan in the true European tradition, priced below products from many of its competitors. Pricing for the Sport model tested starts at $34,475 excluding the $865 destination charge.

    Power comes from a turbocharged two-liter engine rated at 200-horsepower and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All grades including the base Sport come loaded with comfort and convenience features including keyless entry and start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats, leatherette seating, six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, navigation, Bluetooth interface and bi-xenon headlamps. Final MSRP is $35,340.

    Test drive in Southern Arizona

    2017 Volkswagen CC

    2017 Volkswagen CC

    This week I drove the CC around Phoenix, Arizona’s east valley including the Scottsdale and Chandler metropolitan areas. Whether cruising along a deserted stretch of two-lane highway or weaving through a frustrating pile-up of rush-hour traffic, the CC is a peppy and willing partner.

    The turbocharged engine develops 207 pound-feet of peak torque as low as 1700 rpm, for excellent acceleration off the line and in the 20-to-50 mile-per-hour range. Aluminum heads minimize weight gain on the car’s front end: something especially important for a front-wheel drive platform since the transaxle can make the car nose-heavy. Chain drive eliminates expensive timing belt replacements that typically occur after the warranty period.

    The dual-clutch automatic transmission utilizes friction couplings for performance similar-to a manual gearbox, minus the hassle of riding a clutch during rush hour. Those used to manuals might notice a very slight hesitation before the gear engages, but overall performance is much crisper and more satisfying than traditional automatic transmissions.

    2017 Volkswagen CC

    2017 Volkswagen CC

    An electric power assist steering system delivers plenty of assist at low speeds for maneuverability. The sedan’s 37.4-foot turning circle makes it easy to slip into parallel parking spots on the street. Steering response on the highway is pleasantly heavy. On-center steering response is good.

    A four-wheel independent suspension consists of struts with telescoping dampers and coil springs up front with a multi-link setup in the rear. Stabilizer bars on both axles keep the chassis flat while cornering. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels provide a fat footprint for high-speed performance. Four-wheel disc brakes stop the sedan in firm, linear fashion.

    2017 Volkswagen CC

    2017 Volkswagen CC

    Visibility around the perimeter is good. A standard rearview camera projects a wide-angle view to the rear of the car when the driver shifts into reverse, eliminating blind spots around the rear pillars. Thin B-pillars make for good over-the-shoulder visibility. I had no problem adjusting the driver’s seat high enough for a clear forward view.

    At night, bi-xenon headlamps project long, bright beams of light close to daylight which daytime running lamps make the CC more visible to other motorists in low light conditions.

    Engineers did a good job of minimizing NVH so occupants in both rows can converse or enjoy the audio system.

    Upscale interior

    Volkswagen CC Interior

    Volkswagen CC Interior

    The CC is slightly smaller than the current Passat, seating up to five passengers. Keyless entry and start saves the driver from fumbling for the key fob after dark, adding a measure of safety in urban centers.

    I found the power driver’s seat easy to adjust with plenty of lower lumbar support for drives lasting over an hour. While the leatherette upholstery is attractive it is also hot during extreme summer heat. A no-cost cloth option would solve the problem.

    Both the gauge cluster and center stack screen are easy to read in bright sunlight and after dark. Infotainment controls are easy to reach from either front seating position and are intuitive to operate.

    Average-size adults should find plenty of hip, head and legroom in the second-row outboard positions. The center seat has more limited space and is best for short trips around town.

    The trunk has plenty of room for golf bags, luggage and the weekly groceries. Cyclists who want a place to stash their bikes inside the vehicle should look to one of the automaker’s crossover vehicles: Golf Alltrack, Atlas, Tiguan or Touareg.

    Standard safety

    The Volkswagen CC comes with six airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, daytime running lamps, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring and intelligent crash response that automatically shuts off fuel, illuminates interior lights and unlocks the doors in the event of a serious collision. Standard VW Car-Net includes navigation guidance and emergency assistance.

    Volkswagen builds the CC at its Emden, Germany assembly plant.

    Like: A stylish European sport sedan with excellent road manners.

    Dislike: Leatherette seats are uncomfortably hot in extreme summer heat.

    Quick facts:

    Make: Volkswagen
    Model: CC Sport
    Year: 2017
    Base price: $34,475
    As tested: $35,340
    Horsepower: 200 HP @ 5100 rpm
    Torque: 207 lbs.-ft. @ 1700 rpm
    Zero-to-sixty: N/A
    Antilock brakes: Standard
    Side curtain airbags: Standard
    First aid kit: N/A
    Bicycle friendly: No
    Off-road: No
    Towing: No
    Fuel economy: 22/31 mpg city/highway
    Comment: The manufacturer recommends but does not require premium unleaded gasoline.

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