The exceptional Total Car Score earned by the 2012 Volkswagen CC reflects the enthusiastic reviews it received from the media.
The CC definitely stands out in this crowd, with swoopy styling reminiscent of another, far more expensive German sedan. That form does exact a price: The backseat only accommodates two, and head- and trunk space is smaller than a conventionally styled sedan.
For buyers willing to give up a little room, though, the CC rewards with an engaging driver experience. Both its four-and six-cylinder engines deliver plenty of power, handling is taut and responsive, and interior fit-and-finish is outstanding.
So what's to complain about? Some reviewers felt the CC’s AWD option was too pricey (and too limited, as it’s available only on the top-tier Executive model), while others knocked its four-passenger capacity as impractical.
Introduced three years ago, the 2012 Volkswagen CC gets an interior freshening with new dark wood inserts and a new analog clock mounted in the dash.
Model availability for the four-door, four-passenger 2012 Volkswagen CC sedan is split into two distinct groups.
Five of the CC’s six models use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque to drive the front wheels. Either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available, depending on the model. The automatic achieved 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined, while the manual hit a nearly identical 21/31/24.
The base Sport model is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats and a touch-screen sound system with Bluetooth. R Line models have distinct front bumpers, side sills and 18-inch wheels. Lux models add foglamps, navigation and automatic climate controls to the R Line equipment; Lux Plus models include a powered sunroof and navigation system; and Lux Limited models add Bi-Xenon headlamps.
The top-shelf model is the 2012 Volkswagen CC VR6 4Motion Executive, with a 3.6-liter V6 that sends 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic to all four wheels. The Executive model features all the Lux Limited equipment plus paddle shifters, sport seats, leather upholstery and a premium sound system. Fuel economy for the Executive model is 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
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