Standard features in the base CC Sportline model include leatherette seats, 12-way power front seats with lumbar adjuster, front seat heaters, automatic dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, touch-screen for audio and telephone functions, satellite radio, Bluetooth audio, rearview camera, and trip computer. For an extra $2,200 you can add a Technology Package with a navigation system, 30-GB hard drive and a 10-speaker 600-watt Dynaudio sound system. Also optional is a $1,400 Panorama Vent sunroof. The CC Highline model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, front sport seats, the Panorama Vent sunroof, brushed aluminum trim, and paddles shifters with the DSG transmission. The top-of-the-line CC Highline V6 4Motion adds the 600-watt sound system, navigation system, and power rear sunshade in addition to the V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

Test Drive: 2013 Volkswagen CC volkswagen car test drives
Test Drive: 2013 Volkswagen CC volkswagen car test drives
Test Drive: 2013 Volkswagen CC volkswagen car test drives
2013 Volkswagen CC. Click image to enlarge

On the road, the CC is comfortable, quick, quiet, and easy to drive. Pumping out 200 hp between 5,100 and 6,000 rpm and 207 lb-ft of torque starting at just 1,700 rpm, the CC’s turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0L four-cylinder engine offers plenty of power from the get-go and pushes the CC past 96 km/h (60 mph) in just 7.5 seconds, according to Consumer Reports (with the DSG). Cruising along in sixth gear at 100 km/h, the tachometer shows only 1,900 rpm and there is little engine, wind, or road noise. The DSG shifts quickly in automatic mode, and you can have some fun by putting the shift lever in manual mode and shifting with the small paddles behind the steering wheel. My only reservation with the DSG is a slight surging when first starting out—as though it’s not quite in gear yet; however, it’s a momentary lapse that quickly gives way to a rush of power and acceleration. Dual-clutch transmissions work by alternating two wet clutches, one for first, third, fifth, and Reverse gears, and the other for second, fourth, and sixth gears. The next higher gear is always engaged on standby ready to be engaged when the ideal shift point is determined.

The CC’s 2.0L turbo and six-speed DSG combination provides good performance and reasonably good fuel economy: ratings from NRCan (with DSG) are 9.7/6.6 L/100 km city/highway while the EPA’s ratings are 10.7/7.6 L/100 km city/ highway. My car’s onboard fuel consumption readout showed an average of 9.1 L/100 km. Premium fuel is recommended. Compare that to the CC V6 with and an EPA rating of 13.8/8.7 city/highway.

The CC, as expected of a Volkswagen, handles very well and considering its comfortable ride there’s surprisingly little lean in the corners. Still, its front-heavy weight distribution denies it the balanced handling you’ll find in a rear-drive 320i, 328i or even a front-drive A4. The CC is a nimble handler but it’s not a performance sedan. My test car was equipped with meaty Continental ContiPro Contact 235/40R18-inch all-season tires, which seemed to be a good all-around tire for wet and dry weather. Four disc brakes with ABS are standard and the CC’s braking distance from 96 km/h (60 mph) to a dead stop in the dry is just 40.5 metres (133 ft.) according to Consumer Reports.

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Greg Wilson is a Vancouver-based automotive journalist and contributor to He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).