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2009 Volkswagen CC Sedan

4dr Auto VR6 Sport

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  • $38,700 original MSRP
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2009 Volkswagen CC Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Volkswagen CC Sedan

The CC shares its powertrains with VW's Passat mid-size sedan, but its appearance is much sportier. The CC is only offered in a single, so-called 'four-door coupe' body style and really stands out in a class of its own. The availability of 4Motion all wheel drive will be appealing in winter-weather states. Fuel economy is very impressive with the four-cylinder engine. The Passat CC also boasts an affordable price that's only slightly higher than that of the standard Passat sedan.

What's new for 2009?

The Passat CC is an all-new sedan model that has sleeker, more dramatic styling inside and out--VW calls it a 'four-door coupe'--and a sportier character on the road than typical mid-size sedans.

Model Strengths

  • Sleek design
  • beautiful, stylish interior
  • very generous feature list
  • four-cylinder engine's fuel economy

Model Review

The Passat CC can be specified with two different engines--a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder or a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter narrow-angle V-6. Four-cylinder models are available in Sport and Luxury models, while VR6 models are offered in Sport or 4Motion models. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base four-cylinder Sport, but all of the other models come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 4Motion model is the only one in the lineup to get all-wheel drive; all others have front-wheel drive.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com consulted what the most authoritative auto critics have written about the new Volkswagen CC to produce this conclusive review of the new Volkswagen CC. TheCarConnection.com editors also drove the CC in order to interweave our expert opinion and help you make the right decision on a new car.

The 2009 Volkswagen CC marks the People's Car Company's second attempt at the luxury sedan market. VW learned plenty of lessons--the hard way--with its stratosphericallypriced Phaeton, which never saw much in the way of sales. This time, the company looks within it own stable for a front-drive sedan upon which to build a sybaritic--and quite stunning--four-door coupe along the lines of Mercedes' CLS.

Whether or not you take offense to anything with four doors calling itself a coupe, VW has successfully produced a very elegant overall design, with the exception of rather long overhangs (especially in the front). The interior is especially stunning, with typical VW attention detail taken to new heights and options such as contrasting color leather seats with exquisite stitching.

The excellent VW/Audi 2.0T four-cylinder engine, making 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, is the base for the 2009 Volkswagen Passat CC. The base Sport comes standard with a six-speed manual; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder acts like a six, with copious torque and a generally relaxed demeanor, nearly matching the uplevel V-6's acceleration and ringing in at 31 mpg on the highway. It's a shame VW chooses not to pair this engine with its excellent DSG twin-clutch automatic, as the traditional automatic transmission suffers from sluggish responses and odd surging. The 3.6-liter variant of VW's narrow-angle V-6 (VR6) is optional, but we recommend against it due to its somewhat gruff and vocal nature, less accessible torque curve, and higher fuel consumption. As well, it is available only with the fussy six-speed automatic. Outright power (280 hp, 265 lb-ft torque) in the V-6 is impressive, but accessing that thrust--through the uncooperative automatic transmission--requires dedication that few owners will likely possess.

The ride in the 2009 Passat CC is generally smooth, but uplevel wheels and tires tax the front-wheel-drive chassis and result in road noise and sharp kicks transmitted to the cabin on less than ideal roads. Handling is capable but unremarkable; the power steering is feather light and lacks any sense of road feel. The CC's brakes surpass strong and land right at touchy, an annoying trait that complicates modulation and smooth stops.

Every inch of this interior feels far more expensive than the base versions' MSRPs (of well under $30,000) suggest. To be sure, the CC is about style, not so much function, and as such the middle rear seat is eschewed for a comfy armrest and built-in cup holders. We find this touch perfectly appropriate for its target market. But the low seating position and poor view out the rear might trouble some drivers. Visibility is nearly as poor as that of some low-slung sportscars; the steeply raked windshield and backlight provide a rather narrow slit through which to view the world. Even taller testers raised the front seats more than usual to avoid feeling like they were sitting on the tarmac.

The Technology Package optional on three of the four models contains a nav system with a hard drive--and more importantly, a rearview camera artfully integrated into the rear VW logo. The camera should be standard, as backing up without it is a nearly blind affair. Another odd form-over-function nod is the admittedly huge Panoramic power vent sunroof, which is standard on three of four models but contains only a vent function as opposed to the full open-air experience. As well, the sunroof's shade is made of a mesh material that allows some solar radiation to pass through even when closed.

The Passat CC--even the base Sport model--comes very well-equipped. It includes single-zone automatic climate control, an alarm system, heated leatherette power seats, and an eight-speaker premium sound system with CD changer. Top VR6 4Motion models, priced more than $12,000 higher, include dual-zone climate control, the Panorama sunroof, a rear sunshade, bi-xenon headlamps, a parking aid, heated mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers, along with the upgraded wheels. Bluetooth remains optional, even at the top of the line.

Overall, the Volkswagen CC scores acceptably but not especially well in NHTSA's crash-testing regimen. It's rated four of five stars in the frontal driver, frontal passenger, and side rear passenger categories. It manages five stars for its side driver crash protection. The IIHS has not yet tested the Volkswagen CC, though the 2009 Passat sedan, upon which the CC is loosely based, scores that agency's top "good" rating and, as such, is named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Volkswagen CC is not the safest, most practical, or sportiest sedan in its segment, but its interior and exterior styling are matched only by vehicles costing significantly more.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2 years / 24,000 miles from the purchase date comprehensive limited warranty including the balance of the 4 year/50,000 mile original limited powertrain & corrosion warranty.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 112-Point Inspection
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 2 Year 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes, at no cost to buyer
Warranty Deductible $50

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