Smart style, great performer.
Powering our test CC is the same 2.0-liter Turbo engine Volkswagen uses in most of their mid-range cars, like the GTI, Scirocco, Tiguan, etc. Making 210HP @ 5,300 – 6,200 RPM and 280Nm torque @ 1,700 – 5,200 RPM, the 1.5 ton CC is propelled from 0 to 100kmph in 7.3 seconds.
Due to the noise isolation inside the CC, the small engine sounds a bit muffled, but you can always hear a snarl whenever you push the accelerator. If you’re in the mood for a comfortable ride, the 2.0L engine is good enough for the CC. Sure, moving from a standstill is slow, but once you’re moving at highway speeds the only thing that matters is the comfortable silence you feel and the aesthetic pleasantness emanating from the materials around you.
Overtaking at highway speeds is fine, but you’ll have to push the pedal down a little aggressively for the gear to downshift. Engage Sports mode via the DSG gearbox and you’ll hear the engine scream all the way up to 7K RPM, but sadly the noise isn’t punctuated with a punchy acceleration, as the 2.0L Turbo has already lost some steam at those speeds.
That disappointment aside, one of the biggest benefits of the small engine is the brilliant fuel consumption of the CC, averaging to roughly 10 liters/ 100km. Cruise to 120kmph and the fuel consumption goes down to around 6 liters/ 100km!
Ultimately the base level Volkswagen CC may not be a very powerful car, but the engine is decent enough for most of your daily driving needs in a city as busy as Dubai. The fuel consumption is very impressive, as is the luxurious interior. The only downside is the new fascia where, in my opinion, the facelift is somewhat of a disappointment compared to the previous model. Otherwise, for a starting price of just AED 120K the 2013 Volkswagen CC is a very impressive package.