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2014 Volkswagen CC Driving Impressions


The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine shoots the car forward impressively, and the Volkswagen CC is as quick, smooth and satisfying as just about any V6 in any sedan: The Volkswagen CC can accelerate 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds. It's nearly as quick with the 2.0-liter as the VR6.

The 2.0-liter turbo is rated 200 horsepower at 5100 rpm and 207 pound-feet of torque at 1700 rpm. The engine features variable valve timing and direct injection, in addition to the turbocharger and intercooler.

Fuel economy for the 2.0-liter engine with manual shift is EPA-estimated at 21/32 mpg City/Highway, which is what we got with more than 50 percent highway driving, including some rapid two-lane transit. With automatic, the estimate is 22/31 mpg City/Highway. Volkswagen's VR6 engine shrinks the EPA figures to 17/25 mpg. Premium fuel is recommended.

We found the highway ride smooth and solid, firm but not harsh. This isn't a high-performance car, but it's lighter than the Nissan Maxima or Lexus IS. The electromechanical steering was easy and comfortable, but not particularly engaging.

One of our biggest complaints was the shifter, which, like other VW models, felt sloppy and slipped into gear a little too lazily. We'd prefer the gates to feel a little more precise, especially on a model called Sport.

Driving the Volkswagen CC around town, up hills, passing on two-lanes, it doesn't feel like a four-cylinder engine. Even at 90 mph, it's not straining one bit; totally smooth, amazingly smooth for a 2-liter four-cylinder.

The suspension can't earn grades like the engine, however, especially not when it's asked to perform at its sport-tuned description. Overall handling is not particularly crisp, but the turn-in is sharp enough. If all you ask for is a solid and smooth highway ride on a firm suspension that doesn't rock or wallow, no worries. The electromechanical power steering makes maneuvering in parking lots easy.

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