2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line: German stunner

13 Aug 2014 | 2,092 views | One Comment
2014 Volkswagen CC: German stunner
 
By Don Hammonds
 
When it comes to automotive luxury, more than two can play the game. Any number of elegant  sedans with four door coupe styling are on the market these days  and you don't even have to be a luxury sedan maker to play. Consider Volkswagen's gorgeous 2014 CC R Type, a people pleasing sedan for the five people who get to ride in it.
 Elegant, yes. Fast? To be sure.  Fastback, sexy four door coupe styling? Yep. And for that matter, one of the best styling executions around when it comes to the four door coupe theme.  Expensive?  Maybe the other brands are, but if you're pretty much the average Joe or Josephine with a relatively decent job, you can probably afford the under $36,000 freight for the CC R-:Line.  And you will still turn heads, believe me, as you drive by.  
   As Some of you may know, the R-Line  models are VW's sportiest, that is outside the GTI and other more specialized high performance cars.  R-Line VWs always have a healthy, lusty engine propelling these cars,  things around, and those dealer commercials showing these R-line cars tearing up the pavement are no joke.  I suspect even the CC R-Line is capable of tearing up some asphalt of its own.
 Our test model was a silver four door with tasteful, elegant touches of chrome alone its flanks, bumper and elsewhere. Volkswagen provides plenty of choice for CC buyers, starting with the model lineup.
     Power for our car came from a 2.0 liter TFSI, 200 horsepower turbocharged in line four cylinder engine with direct injection. Gas mileage is rated at 22 city, 31 combined.  Federal officials say that the owner of this car can save $259 in fuel costs over a five year period, cxompared with other cars of the same model lyear. mn  and
 Things start out with the Sport,  then moving up to the R-Line, then  Executive, a new trim level introduced for 2014 for  and finally, the model line-topping  VR6 4Motion Executive.
The base Sport comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, automatic wipers, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, cruise control, heated eight-way power front seats (with four-way lumbar), leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Volkswagen's Car-Net telematics, a navigation system and an eight-speaker sound system with a touchscreen interface, a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod interface. The R-Line adds 18-inch wheels and special exterior styling.
If you move up to the new  Executive model, additional standard items for your car will include everything  from the lower two models, and in addition, you get a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, a hands-free easy-open trunk, leather upholstery, a rearview camera and an upgraded navigation system with a slightly larger screen.  
 
 
 
   The  VR6 4Motion Executive adds standard all-wheel drive, a V6 engine, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding exterior mirrors, heated windshield washer nozzles, an upgraded trip computer screen, ventilated front seats, a massaging function and memory settings for the driver seat, a power rear sunshade and a premium sound system.
Elegant and imposing as this car was, it still was all Volkswagen, and that's a good thing in our book.  It handled like it was on bobsled tracks, quickly executing each order from the driver with sterling precision. The steering was precise and confidence generating, too, with nary a need for correction. And though the steering was all that, so to speak, it also felt well balanced, and gave the car an almost effortless feeling on the road. 
 The turbocharged engine was lightning quick, and you do have a brief period of learning how to modulate your pressure on the accelerator to avoid burning rubber for a few seconds when you first start to drive the CC R-Type.  Obviously, there's more than enough power here for whatever your needs might be at any given point in time.
      VW is pretty generous, too with its safety standard equipment as well.  On your CC, you'll find stability and traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. If you get either the  Executive and VR6 4Motion Executive models, you will get a rearview camera. The Executive also provides you with  front and rear parking sensors.  But given the price and prestige that this model offers, we were disappointed that features often found on competing products like lane changing safeguards and  blindspot monitoring, couldn't be ordered on the CC. This puts VW in a competitive pickle when it comes to models from other car makers.
  But for 2014, you also  do get Volkswagen's  new Car-Net telematics system. This system does have some important elements, like automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, stolen vehicle location and geo-fencing (which allows parents to set boundaries for teenage drivers). A Car-Net smartphone app lets owners control many of these functions while you are driving.  All very cool features, don't you think?
 
There are some concerns for the CC, however.
One of the biggest is that the low slung profile and steeply raked  windshield result in some painful moments in getting in and out of the drivers seat.  There were few times when  I didn't bump my forehead or my head during getting and out of the car.
 Not only that, the car feels cramped in the back set, to a slight degree. 
The steeply raked back roofline also provides for challenging getting in and out of the CC and avoiding a
sense of cramped quarters.    
  I also whacked my head a few times on the bottom lip of the trunk.  If some of your items rolled back near the rear seat is, I'd strongly suggest you should make sure you duck low enough to avoid being socked by the trunk latch when you pull back from retrieving your items to shut the trunk.
Warranty-wise,  the car is covered by the usual  three years, 36,000 mile limited car warranty; a five years/60,00 mile limited powertrain warranty, along with a 12 year unlimited corrosion perforation warranty; and 24 hour roadside assistance for three years or 36,000 miles. 
     All in all, the CC R Type is a wise selection for the enthusiastic mid-sized family or sports sedan driver who wants the four door coupe look and luxury, but can't pay the freight of getting a luxury experience in the way more expensive four door coupe luxury class.

One Comment »

  • Priya said:

    hi, great review. Im in aaitrulsa and we get the dsg shifter. If the manual golf r was doing 8 seconds to 60 mph, id never buy it but fortunately we have dsg and with launch control it is around 5 sec. i really feel sorry for the vw fans in america.

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