Seattle, December 24, 2014 — The Volkswagen CC Sport presents an interesting proposition in the performance sedan segment for a few reasons. First, it is sport but not fast. Secondly, its handling around the corners doesn’t match up to its intended target of being a performance sedan. Lastly, the price starting at nearly $34k puts it in competition with cars that offer higher horsepower engines.
But here’s what it does offer. Body lines for days. The curves and smooth lines of its shape definitely capture the eye more than perhaps any other current Volkswagen in production. It’s sleek, aerodynamic, sporty and yet refined all at the same time. It’s a great-looking sedan with a bold look which is well-stated and doesn’t simply look “like all of the other sedans on the road”; a comment I’ve heard from so many when talking about Japanese sedans, for example. The R-line spec features lower extended bumpers and side skirting.
The CC Sport is powered by the tried and true 2.0-liter 4-cylindar engine that develops 200 horsepower with 207 lb-ft of torque. Its ability to deliver that power to the front wheels feels mostly unhampered and comes across as rather spirited. Of course Premium unleaded is recommended for optimum performance, something to bear in mind in regards to overall cost of ownership.
There are two transmissions available, the manual six-speed which our test model had or the six-speed DSG with Tiptronic and sport mode. It’s great to see a manual transmission in any car today and to have one available in a sedan like this is a breath of fresh air.
Inside the car is very well appointed with leather seating surfaces, good-looking trim and an overall classy look to it. There’s nothing gaudy going on here, its basic materials that “look the part” and do a good job of making you feel as if you’re in an even more expensive sedan. It lacks that cheap-look which some Asian imports can have to them and that’s a good thing.
The on-board multimedia center / navigation is functional, works well and has good sound quality but it’s difficult to understand why they don’t offer Google Earth as the default mapping system.
Especially in light of the fact that its sister company, Audi has had it for a while now. Yes, Google Earth is that good and yes, the mapping in the CC looks rather dated. Of course it supports most all of today’s audio sources, including, CD/mp3/Bluetooth audio, satellite and an iPhone cable.
Ride comfort in the CC Sport is very good with firm yet supportive seats that don’t have you feeling worn-out even on longer drives. The only issue with interior comfort to be mindful of is its sloped roof which can not only inhibit tall people from being inside comfortably but can also add to a claustrophobic feel.
Leg room in the rear passenger area is very ample and will easily accommodate adults but again, the slope of the roofline may impede taller people from having a good experience. Trunk storage is very ample and can easily accommodate several sets of golf clubs, a few packs of Costco toilet paper or a couple sets of luggage.
Where the CC Sport performed the worst on was its dampening of bumps and hard cornering. The suspension is entire too soft for a “sports sedan” and would bounce quite heavily while at Freeway speeds over less than ideal roads. Additionally, during hard cornering, the car felt entire too soft and would dip more than what we’d like to see into those scenarios. Around town and daily driving, however, the car was good.
What is enjoyable about driving the CC Sport is the spirited performance combination of the 2.0-liter engine and the six-speed manual. We didn’t test the automatic version so it’s difficult to comment on that option.
The CC Sport presents a decent value from its relative driving experience, however, it could use a lot more horses under the hood, especially for being called a “Sport” model. There is a V6 option in the CC line, however, it also is quite a bit more expensive.
In the end, the CC Sport will be for those who love the way Volkswagens drive, like the manual transmission option in such a sizeable sedan and are okay with its overall ride quality. If you can look past the aforementioned, then the CC Sport may be the car you’re looking for. Test drive one and let us know your feedback.