Volkswagen CC

Car Review: Volkswagen CC (2008-2017)

As a variant of the Volkswagen Passat, the CC (Comfort Coupe) gives the Passat a sportier, more interesting style while extending the size all round. Although it has luxury and comfort, it also has plenty to give the driver (especially with the 3.6 liter V6 engine option) on board. So check out the fact sheet below.  

Volkswagen CC

The Good

1. Comes with Sat Nav, heated seats, park assist, front dual-zone air-con and cruise control

2. Sporty, soft ribbed seats

3. Interior styling has a feel of the highest quality – no cheap plastics used here

4. The trunk has a capacity of 452 liters with more by folding down the rear seats

5. The trunk also has unique grocery bag hooks to keep goods from spilling out when cornering

6. Low tire pressure warning, traction control, and illuminated entry are all included features

7. Available as a front wheel drive or ‘4motion’ all-wheel drive in a 2.0 Turbo gas or diesel model, or 3.6 liter V6 gas engine

8. All gas powered engines have a timing chain which is good for around 120,000 miles

Volkswagen CC

The Bad

1. Rear seat passengers over 5ft 10 inches will have to bend their heads forward due to the coupe ceiling

2. Although it’s classified as a coupe, it’s more like a sedan with four doors and a rear trunk as opposed to a Ford Mondeo or Audi A5 Sportback that have an all inclusive trunk and rear window door that opens right up for larger items to slip in easily

3. Discontinued in 2017 in North America although the remaining models sold until 2019

4. Manual versions only available in the 2.0 Turbo models

The Essentials

Ensure to keep the servicing up to date. Replace the timing belt on a diesel every 60,000 miles (and every 120,000 for a timing chain on the gas-powered engines), and service the automatic DSG gearbox every 40,000 miles. Ensure the software has the latest updates before purchasing (and after as needed as this can fix various issues that arise). Check the frame-less door windows work with ease and check for signs of leaking where they slot into the car body frame. Also check for any signs of oil or coolant leaks when inspecting the engine bay. Ask for service records and confirm if the timing chain or timing belt has been changed depending on the mileage when you look to buy one. This could be a bargaining tool as this is an added expense that is essential to save you a lot more money in the future. The car should drive quietly – so any rattling, squeaky, or other noises should be asked about and checked by a pre-purchase inspection. Check that all panels align evenly with each other as uneven gaps can suggest previous damage.

The Alternatives

Mercedes CLS Class 1st & 2nd Generation (2005-2017), Ford Mondeo (2006-2021), Audi A5 Sportback (2007-2016)

The Verdict

7 out of 10

If you’re a young professional looking for a car to look good and fit in with work, as well as be sporty enough to take on the open road and turn heads at the gas station, then this car will do both – providing you get the 3.6 V6 model. Anything less will feel pleasant and relaxing to drive, but not sporty like it’s appearance. While you can pick up a Volkswagen CC for under $10,000, they will either have accident/damage reported, a branded title, or higher mileage. If you really want this model that has no previous damage in excellent condition but with higher mileage, then it as essential to have all service records and buy from a private seller who is preferably the only owner of the car so you can get an idea of how the car has been driven throughout its life. They will be able to tell you if it’s had any past issues or recalls, and why they are selling it. I did manage to spot a 2010 2.0 liter turbo gas model with only 103,500 miles and no previous reported damage for only $7,199 – but this was a rare find.

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