2010 Volkswagen CC Sportline 2.0 turbo from North America

Summary:

Excellent performance; maintenance required

Faults:

The dealer offered me an extended warranty at a very reasonable cost. Thank God I purchased it!

1. Intake manifold replaced at 103,000 km (warranty).

2. Carbon cleaning performed at 103,000 km ($385, since the manifold was already off).

3. Blower motor replaced at 106,000 km (warranty).

4. DSG transmission serviced at 116,000 km ($400).

5. Turbocharger & exhaust manifold replaced at 127,000 km (warranty).

6. Blower motor replaced again at 127,000 km (warranty).

7. Adaptive headlights unit likely to be replaced today at 128,000 (warranty).

8. Awaiting body work in the next 4 months, covered by VW's general anti-rust warranty.

General Comments:

Aesthetically, I love this car. I prefer its design to that of any Audi. The good fuel-mileage the car gets offsets the additional expense of premium fuel. True to other reviews, the engine burns a little bit of oil, but not in the cold season. I have been happy with its performance and its comfort.

When it comes to reliability, I have been a little surprised by the amount of items that have needed replacing. In purchasing a car with 90,000 km, I fully expected to have to some repairs to the car under my ownership, but as you can see from the list above, there have been more than I expected - notably the second blower motor replacement and the turbocharger replacement. I am thankful that I purchased the extended warranty, but I only have about 5 months remaining.

I am unsure as to whether I will purchase another VW or if I will go back to the reliability of a Honda or Toyota, though they are much less fun to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th April, 2015

2013 Volkswagen CC 2.0 Turbo from North America

Summary:

Looks great in the driveway, but disappoints on the highway.

Faults:

The circular surround of the ignition falls out when the "key" is removed.

General Comments:

First the good points: style and performance with great fuel economy.

Now the bad points: the electronic power steering and the front seats.

Don't buy a CC without taking a one or two hour drive on a four lane highway. The hard seats, with no adjustment possible to level out the seat base, make any trip over half an hour an endurance test.

The electronic power steering has too little road feel at highway speeds, and refuses to track straight ahead. You are either drifting gradually left or right, and have to keep up a continuous gentle adjustment of the steering wheel to left, right, left, right. Aggravating on a long drive.

Watch the blind spot to your right when changing lanes. The fat head rest and wide door pillar can combine to block out a large area of vision.

A final annoyance are the wide door sills, that combine with the high side bolsters of the front seats to ensure that your pant legs are wiping the body sill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th October, 2014

2013 Volkswagen CC Sport 2.0T from North America

Summary:

Solid "entry-level luxury" value

Faults:

Nothing -- the car is 2 months old... as it should be.

General Comments:

Figure I'll get the negatives out of the way first.

1. The car is perched precariously on the edge of rough in terms of ride -- I have the base (Sport) model with the 17 inch alloys, and I'm kinda glad that I didn't go for the higher rims with 18s -- I'd imagine the larger wheel diameter would likely make the ride rather jarring, whereas currently with the 17s, it's only slightly on the rougher-than-average side.

2. There is quite a bit of turbo lag when starting from a stop with the DSG... I think sometimes it starts out in 2nd unless you are aggressive with the throttle, exacerbating the lag. Obviously worse when you have the A/C on.

3. As with a lot of cars I find with no tilting instrument cluster, I find that the "ideal" tilt wheel position will obscure the gauges. I am 6'1" if that matters.

4. The "leatherette" seating feels cheap and sticky during the summer... would have much rather had some type of cloth.

5. The DSG is too quick to shift out of 6th when the 2.0T still has plenty of give to ascend highway grades, so I generally put the transmission into manual mode to keep it in 6th when ascending grades. Never lose a tick of speed, so the kickdown algorithm is too aggressive in my opinion.

6. Radio controls are way too distracting to use while driving, especially simple things like tone adjustments or accessing different media. This isn't really a negative for this model -- just about every car in this class has this problem nowadays; some even more complex.

Now for the good points:

1. The 2.0T has a serious amount of low-end torque for highway cruising. Supposedly, the torque peak is somewhere around 1900 RPM, which is perfect for the 6th gear ratio, meaning, at reasonable highway speeds (65 and over), you will have little trouble ascending grades in the Northeast U.S. without constant shifts into 5th or 4th. I'd bet that the uplevel 3.6 does NOT do as well in this area as it does not have the low-end torque of the 2.0T, although it obviously has much more power elsewhere.

2. The DSG is generally smooth, though sometimes the 2-3 upshift can feel a little odd, but that may smooth out over time.

3. Steering feel is excellent for an electronic unit -- much, much better feeling than my parents '12 Ford Fusion Sport AWD, although not quite as direct as my previous Fit Sport.

4. Gas mileage is so far very good... easily over 30 on the highway, low 20s for the very short commute to work during the week (entirely non-highway).

5. Styling is very smooth and balanced.

6. Interior generally has a high-quality feel to it, other than the leatherette seats.

7. Very quiet whether on the highway or around town. You can barely hear the 2.0T most of the time (for better or worse).

That's all I can think of at the moment. I might update this after I've had the car a while.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2013