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March 11, 2009 > Auto Review: VW Comfort Coupe VR6 SPORT

Auto Review: VW Comfort Coupe VR6 SPORT

Volkswagen has produced a new vehicle for 2009 called the "CC." It is based on the Passat platform and drive train, but the body work is pulled and squashed to present a totally different look. I think the CC is one of the best looking shapes that VW has ever produced. It looks a little like a mini-Mercedes S class coupe. In fact, CC stands for "Comfort Coupe." It also has a great interior.

There are four CC models. The Sport is the base model and starts at $26,790 with the 6-speed manual transmission ($1,100 additional for a wonderful 6-speed automatic) and VW's time-tested 2.0 liter turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder producing 200 HP unit sits under the hood. The Luxury model starts at $31,990 and uses the same drive train (with the automatic). It has different wheels, tilt sunroof, dual zone AC system, electronic parking assist system, rain sensing wipers, Sirius radio, and leather seats. The automatic models produce 19/29 mpg and the manual delivered 21/31 mpg on premium gas in the EPA tests.

Moving up to the 280 HP engine is the VR6 Sport model ($38,300). This one gets bigger 18" wheels and tires, premium sound system, and Bi-Xenon headlights that feature VW's Adaptive Front lighting system. These headlights swivel around when you turn the steering wheel to help light up more of the road and work quite well. The last model adds VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive system and starts at $39,300.

Our test car was a VR6 Sport. It had the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine that is rated at 18 city mpg and 27 highway mpg on premium gas. The engine sound was great; it wasn't too loud, but it did produce a snarl befitting a sports sedan. We had the car during one of our rainy weeks, and the rain sensing wipers are a great feature. It always had the wipers going at the right speed for the conditions.

The VR6 was a fun car to drive. It had very good road feel and a sporty ride. The seats were very good and held you tight without squeezing like racing seats. The black and white color scheme for the seats is something you either like or don't; there is no middle ground in that look. Depending on your requirements, the lack of space for a third rear passenger could be an issue. The CC is definitely a four person car and cannot carry five adults.

My only complaint about the interior was that the brake pedal was too high. When moving my foot from the gas to the brake, many times I would hit the side of my foot on the brake pedal. If the gas was higher or the brake lower, this would not happen.

VW gives all CC models a 24-hour Roadside Assistance plan for three years or 36,000 miles. The base warranty is three years or 36,000 miles, and the powertrain warranty is five years or 60,000 miles. Purchase price of a CC also includes all scheduled maintenance services for three years or 36,000 miles at no extra cost.

So what's the bottom line? If you are looking for a hard core sports sedan, I don't think the CC VR6 Sport is a cost effective choice. On twisty mountain roads its suspension is just too soft and squishy. It allows the body to move around too much causing the drive wheels to loose traction and spin the tires. For this price, there are faster, better handling choices.

But on the other hand, if you are looking for a good, solid, attractive, well-equipped, sporty, four person family sedan, the 2.0-liter turbocharged CC Sport is a great choice.

By Dick Ryan
Freelance Automotive Journalist
Member of the Western Automotive Journalists

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