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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal, side, rear, roof strength; 'marginal,' small overlap frontal impact
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Particularly disappointing in the CC is the complete lack of driver assistance features. No blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, or lane-departure warning is included or available.
The 2014 Volkswagen CC is a reasonably safe pick, although a few issues keep us from declaring it to be one of the safest larger sedans.
One of them is that the CC has only earned a 'marginal' score in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) small overlap frontal impact test. And the other is that outward visibility is downright poor--nearly as much so as in low-slung sports cars--with the steeply raked windshield and backlight producing a narrow slit to look out through when making lane changes.
Parking wise, Volkswagen has remedied the visibility issue, with a rearview camera system for most of the lineup for 2014. And otherwise, the safety-feature set is great--including side and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes are all standard in the CC, and rear side bags, a feature not always offered in this class, are optional. Front and rear parking aids are offered in the CC, but they're still the exclusive domain of the top VR6 4Motion Executive.
Back to occupant protection, the Volkswagen CC hasn't changed structurally in many years; it's based on the previous-generation Passat family. There are no current federal ratings for the CC, but despite the worrisome rating from the IIHS it does well in the Institute's other crash tests--achieving Top Safety Pick status.
The safety feature set in the 2014 CC remains good, and a rearview camera system improves visibility for 2014.