2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line 2.0 Turbo I-4 CBFA from North America




The only complaint I have so far does not really have to do with the car itself, but the crummy and overpriced tires VW chose to stick on the car at the factory. The Continental ContiProContact with "ContiSeal" tires are a neat idea (self-sealing tires that don't tend to lose pressure due to small punctures, and this feature actually works rather well), but they suddenly become horrendously noisy at around 20,000 miles when there is still plenty of tread left.

Life, however, is too short and too long to live with crappy tires, and life is also too short and too long to waste time trying to blame Volkswagen for something like tires that they did not manufacture themselves, so one simply moves on and buys different tires. I replaced the ContiSeal tires with Michelin Pilot Super Sports, and now the car feels exactly the way it should, with slightly snappier handling and the silent and composed ride this car was designed to provide.

Otherwise, with the car itself, I have had zero issues so far.

I have NOT experienced any oil consumption, even with some hard driving. It must be noted for anyone driving any Volkswagen or Audi product (or really, ANY car), that proper synthetic oil services with quality original equipment oil filters need to be performed on time, and that alone will prolong the life of just about everything under the hood with which engine oil is involved.

If you go to a cheapie quick lube place with one of these cars, they will use oil filters that fit the car, but do not have the correct check valves or pressure regulators in them, then the timing chain tensioner will not pressurize correctly and will suddenly fail one day, making the timing chain jump. This is a design weakness of these engines, however it is a preventable problem if you simply do proper maintenance with either a Volkswagen/Audi dealer or an independent shop that keeps OE oil filters (brands should be Genuine VW/Audi, or Mann, or Hengst, or Mahle) and 5W-40 synthetic oil around. I use the Mann oil filter on mine (they are the supplier for VW), and Liqui-Moly full synthetic 5W-40 oil. I change my oil every 5,000 miles, but 7,500 would be acceptable. Going the full 10,000 the computer resets to is crazy, in my opinion.

General Comments:

All of that being said about the mechanical needs of this car, I will say that I adore this thing. It is wonderful and beautiful and sexy in every way. People turn and look at it as I drive by. People ask about it everywhere I go. Mine is black with a two-tone beige and black interior, and everyone marvels at the interior once they're done admiring the slick exterior. It was sitting in front of my office next to a white Maserati Quattroporte one day, and I had at least ten people ask about my CC, and they only noticed the Maserati when I pointed it out. Of course, these cars are in entirely different leagues, but it's interesting that so many people found my car more eye-catching.

I have the R-Line trim level with the 18-inch "Mallory" wheels. Almost all of the toys I could want are present, although I do miss the auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors I had on my 2008 Audi A4. The newer CC makes up for this with things like Bluetooth, built-in navigation, rearview camera (I don't know how I would live without this in an earlier CC with the admittedly present blind spots), and not carrying the sticker and maintenance price of the Audi.

The tasteful LED exterior lighting is one of this car's party pieces. My friends all call this my "space car" when they see it at night.

The comfort of this car is fantastic. It is the most comfortable car I have ever owned, with large, perfectly shaped seats for any length of driving, a surprising amount of headroom, and loads more leg and shoulder space than other cars I have owned. Four passengers travel beautifully in this car, and five is not a problem.

Performance is ample from the 2.0T engine, and the DSG works well. There is a momentary hesitation off the line with the DSG while the clutches knacker about, but I am told the APR tune takes care of this while increasing engine output greatly with just a software tune.

The CC is not a GTI in terms of outright sportiness, but it strikes a wonderful balance if you want something a little more grown-up, but still sporty and fun. One word of warning though: this car is quite sizable. Parking the CC can be a chore because it is wide and sits somewhat low. The rearview camera makes backing into spots very easy, but otherwise it can be a bit of a handful. The door sills are also quite wide, so even though the door openings are generous, you do have to be somewhat limber to get in and out of this car easily.

On the highway the CC feels like a cocoon. The driving position is perfect, the controls are excellent, and the handling is spot-on and actually feels very well balanced for a front-wheel-drive car. I dare say the CC feels less front-wheel-drivey than the A4 did, and it was a Quattro!

I highly recommend this car, but know that you will have to spend the money on synthetic oil changes, premium fuel, and the DSG transmission service every 40,000 miles (that should not be more than about $400, no matter where you have it done). Compared to a lot of other cars though, I will happily live with these items, since this is such a high-quality vehicle that is actually quite easy to service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2015

24th Oct 2015, 18:11

Very good review on the VW CC model. VW doesn't sell a lot of them, about 400-600 per month. And with this VW smog situation, VW is selling a lot less. Hopefully reviews like yours will show people that VW builds great cars. And when a car maker's sales are down... it means that new car buyers are in the driver's seat when it comes to getting a great deal on a new car.

24th Oct 2015, 22:01

The oil consumption (or, lack of it) is likely because you broke in the engine correctly. There's a correct way of doing this, I believe by ensuring that the engine revs don't stay constant too long in one spot during the first thousand or so kilometres so the rings bed in correctly. Of course, they could have been designed so they were a little more forgiving of less than ideal break-in conditions. Keep us advised please.

24th Oct 2015, 23:56

Good review. I hope to see some updates as the car ages.

25th Oct 2015, 03:09

Good tips about the oil/oil filter that should be carried over to maintenance in general. VW/Audi vehicles are intolerant of "off-spec" parts/fluids. Ignore that at your peril ;)

2012 Volkswagen CC R-Line 2.0 turbo 4 cylinder from North America


Loved it at first, but the car drove me to trade it in


Purchased NEW at a dealership in Virginia, 111 miles, purchased with 3 years/36,000 mile covered maintenance, plus EXTENDED warranty for 7 years/70,000 miles.

10,000 miles: First covered dealer service visit, no issues. Love the car.

20,000 miles: Second covered dealer service visit. Oil change: OK. Dealer reported tires cupped badly, needs new tires. Love of car fading.

22,000 miles: Purchased Michelin Pilot A/S 3, $1200 with alignment. First major out of pocket expense. Aggravated at purchasing tires for a new vehicle with less than 25k miles.

30,000 miles: Third covered dealer service visit, no issues.

32,500 miles: Car driving became extremely sluggish, misfires, and poor gas mileage. Limped to dealership for warranty repair and they replaced the intake manifold and told me I had significant carbon build-up. Carbon issue not covered by warranty: request approved and paid $300 for them to scrape the carbon out since the manifold was out. Love of car significantly fading.

40,000 miles: Oil change at alternate location. Later found out they used an after-market oil filter that almost voided the warranty.

50,000 miles: Oil change.

55,000 miles: Car breaks down in middle of 1,600 mile road trip (at Christmas!), leaves me & wife stranded 300 miles from home and local dealership (Delaware) states the engine is CONDEMNED! High pressure pump fails and discharges ALL engine oil. Turbo is destroyed, massive metal shavings in oil pan. Extended warranty PAYS $9,008 for new engine, turbo, pressure pump, etc. Love the extended warranty. Hate the car.

60,000 miles: Car won't start while at work. Called dealership, they sent a flatbed tow-truck, found melted fuel control module. $500 part. Extended warranty will take care of it minus my deductible and won't pay for all of tow service. Cost $250. Again aggravated at purchasing this car. Thanking GOD for the extended warranty purchase decision.

62,000 miles: In for oil change (coupon for $70). Car now needs rear brakes ($550 est.), brake fluid flush ($150 est.), battery fails test requires replacement ($194 est.) - performing estimated maintenance at home with parts purchased online -- preparing to take to CARMAX for a trade-in.

General Comments:

When the car is in tip-top shape, it drives like a dream. Hugs the corners, and I absolutely love the car.

The service manager says you need to drive the car like it's meant to in order to reduce carbon build-up. Let's put it this way... I'm in my mid-30s and drive like I stole it, but still have massive issues... oh well.

It's simply sad that it requires so much attention every 10,000 miles in order to stay on the road... feels like I bought a Jaguar rather than a VW. Time for a replacement vehicle. Sad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2015

10th Sep 2015, 01:38

I'm not judging your driving, but I appreciate your detailed review. This is what a review (regardless of content and conclusion) should be.

10th Sep 2015, 14:55

Wow, this rings some bells!! Metal shavings in the oil and condemned engine. My wife had a Skoda Octavia vRS (not available in the USA I know, but VAG group and the same engine/gearbox as yours) with this 2.0 TFSI engine and the DSG gearbox brand new in 2009. She had it about a year and a bit, and had done around 50k miles, and one day at a Mcdonalds drive through with the window down, I picked up on the fact the engine sounds rattly, like a diesel. I advised she take it to the dealer, which she did, and they plugged their diag machine into it and said there's nothing they could do as there were no fault codes.

A couple weeks go by and it gets worse and worse, so I tell her to take it back and ask them to listen to it and demand they do something as it's SO bad. To cut a long story short, it was in there for 2 months with various VAG specialists looking at it, trying to work out the problem; they found metal shavings in the oil and basically said the engine was eating itself and something about incorrect valve tolerances when the engine was made and it was a one off fault. It had a new engine under warranty. I've since heard several times about this issue, so it's clearly a VAG fault on this engine version. NOT GOOD!! We had a Seat Leon FR with the same engine before the Octavia and had no problems. She's since got a VW CC with the 2.0 Tdi diesel engine and in nearly 3 years it's had no problems!!

13th Sep 2015, 03:36

Direct fuel injection is great, until the lack of fuel flow on the back of the intake valve does not wash the carbon deposits from the back of the intake valves, and causes driveability issues.

14th Sep 2015, 06:41

I totally agree with this statement!