Volkswagen has crafted an impressive alternative to the traditional Mercedes-Benz and BMW sport-luxury coupes, but it can't quite match its competitors in the safety arena. While the Volkswagen 2009 CC's crash-test ratings are respectable, TheCarConnection.com's research shows it doesn't offer the same level of safety features found on other models in the segment.
The 2009 Volkswagen CC fared well in independent crash tests, although there's nothing spectacular about its ratings. In NHTSA tests, the 2009 Volkswagen CC earned four out of five stars in both front-impact categories, as well as a four-star rating for side passenger impacts. In the side driver impact category, the Volkswagen CC garnered a perfect five-star rating from NHTSA. The other major testing authority, the IIHS, has not yet tested the 2009 Volkswagen CC. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection.com for the latest updates on IIHS testing for the new Volkswagen 2009 CC.
In addition to its middle-of-the-road test scores, the 2009 Volkswagen CC lineup offers all the usual safety goodies to keep drivers out of harm's way. Cars.com reports that the Volkswagen CC "is equipped with six standard airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags." ConsumerGuide also notes the availability of "ABS, traction control, [an] antiskid system" and available "front and rear obstacle detection." Up front, the driver and front passenger both get active front head restraints, while Cars.com reports that "all-disc antilock brakes" and "brake assist" are standard as well. The major optional safety feature for the 2009 Volkswagen CC is a pair of rear-seat side-impact airbags that can be added for a little extra money.
Visibility in the Volkswagen CC can be an issue; it’s nearly as poor as that on some low-slung sports cars. ConsumerGuide reviewers agree, claiming "visibility to the rear is impeded by a raked rear window and thick C-pillars," and the low seating position can make for difficult sightlines around the Volkswagen 2009 CC.