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2011 Volkswagen CC Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$27,045
BASE MSRP
$28,200
On Performance
Those who expect a sport sedan are going to be disappointed with the CC's handling, but base four-cylinder models are quite perky.
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The CC's steering seemed heavy at slow speeds, and light but numb at highway speeds.
Autoblog

the smooth, quick-shifting DSG transmission seems to multiply the 2.0T engine’s available torque and power, making the CC feel quicker and more responsive than some sedans that—on paper—are more powerful
Winding Road

What it does is snake around impressively with medium-weight steering feel and a nicely controlled chassis
Motor Trend

the electric power steering is devoid of feel and doesn't lend a lot of confidence
Edmunds


While the strong, sleek appearance of the 2011 Volkswagen CC might suggest sport sedan, it's not quite that. All of the CC models are quick on the straight line, though they don't handle with the verve of a sport sedan, clearly trading off some crispness for comfort.

The engine that powers most of the CC line is the excellent 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder, making 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Base Sport models comes standard with a six-speed manual, while Volkswagen's nice, quick-shifting six-speed DSG automatic is now optional on four-cylinder models. Both offer sprightly performance; the manual transmission is nice in the CC, with a nice clutch takeup, though its linkage is a bit notchy.

Volkswagen's narrow-angle V-6 (called the VR6) is optional, here in 3.6-liter guise and making 280 horsepower. It has a different character entirely—rather gruff and vocal, and needing to be revved to extract its torque. The engine functions pretty well with its six-speed automatic, but upshifts can be lumpy and downshifts hesitant. Overall, because the four makes its torque down low and the six needs to be revved, the four is actually the more drivable of the two—and the VR6 in its mandatory 4Motion guise doesn't seem any perkier (while using a lot more fuel, at just 17 mpg city).

The VW CC handles well, but overall it's unremarkable due to overboosted, feather-light steering that lacks any sense of road feel; we also feel that the four-cylinder model handles a bit better, though. Brakes are also a disappointment—they're too touchy and tough to modulate, though they are strong and capable.

Conclusion

Those who expect a sport sedan are going to be disappointed with the CC's handling, but base four-cylinder models are quite perky.

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