Volkswagen CC Road Test (2012)

Volkswagen CC (Interior) (2012)

Volkswagen CC Review

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This is a comfortably appointed car with good seats and pretty reasonable interior room.

Comfort and Refinement

This is a comfortably appointed car with good seats and pretty reasonable interior room. Rear legroom and headroom is quite good for the style of car that this is, even though it is not the most generously endowed of its type. So you won’t be squeezed for space, but you might feel just a touch disappointed by the style of the cabin, which has a rather corporate air and lacks the more special charisma of some of the CC’s rivals. A bit more flair in the interior décor would be welcome in a car that places strong emphasis on style. That said, it is all high-quality, nicely crafted and very well put together.

Refinement is ok, but the interior is not the most hushed in its class. There is quite a growly sound from the engine when you press the accelerator pedal hard, and there is a little more background noise than we would ideally like at motorway cruising speed. Driven less vigorously around town, it is quiet and civilised.

Safety and Security

A five-star Euro NCAP rating confirms a high provision of safety for this car. The anti-lock brakes come with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and there are front, side and head airbags. There is a driver alertness system to warn when the car detects that the person at the wheel is becoming distracted or drowsy. Isofix child seat tethers are provided for the outer rear seats. There is a tyre pressure loss indicator to alert you if there is a puncture.


A digital radio and CD player is standard on this model, with steering wheel controls to change channels and adjust the volume. Sound quality is very good. It also comes with the connectivity that some many of us now deem essential, to let you plug in and play your USB or Aux connectable device.

  • Audi A5 Sportback
  • BMW 3-Series Coupe
  • Mercedes C-Class Coupe
  • Citroen DS5
  • Jaguar XF
What We Liked
  • Svelte styling
  • High quality fit and finish
  • Good driving manners
  • Four door practicality in a coupe styled body
  • Full size spare wheel rather than a puny emergency spare or puncture repair kit
What We Disliked
  • Noisy, engine a bit growly under load
  • Bootlid less convenient than a larger tailgate aperture
  • Cabin a bit corporate in style
  • Not as much standard kit as some of its rivals
What We Would Like To See
  • A few ‘wow’ features in the cabin
  • Just a bit more soundproofing

There is much to like about the Volkswagen CC. It is a class act, good to look at and beautifully built. It has lively performance and it drives well. It is quite pricey, though, and for similar money there is plenty of other choice available. Worth considering, but also have a good look at the alternatives.

13 November 2012 Sue Baker
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Volkswagen CC Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolkswagen CC CC GT 2.0 TDI 170 BlueMotion Technology Auto
Body Type4-door Coupe
ColourDeep Black Pearl
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph7.8 Seconds
Top Speed 144 mph
Transmission6-Speed Auto
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban45.6 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined54.3 mpg
Insurance Group24
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 13/11/12)£30,280

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