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UPDATED: Jul 15, 2019

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The 2011 Volkswagen CC was ranked at #15 out of the 21 upscale midsize cars that U.S. News and World Report reviewed.

The critical consensus was that the CC tries to masquerade as a luxury vehicle, but doesn’t quite pull it off. The 2012 Volkswagen CC is already available, but few reviewers have had a chance to test drive it yet.

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Edmunds finds that the CC’s interior is much improved for the 2012 model year, and complaints about the cabin’s budget feel have largely been addressed.

Edmunds says that the 2012 CC’s leatherette-vinyl seats actually feel better than the real leather seats found in some luxury sedans, and the front seats offer ample adjustment options.

The major complaint that Edmunds’ reviewer has about the 2012 Volkswagen CC regards the vehicle’s seating and cargo space. Trunk space is limited to just 13 cubic feet, and tall backseat passengers are likely to be uncomfortable in the CC.

However, power and handling are adequate, if not impressive. Reviews for the 2011 Volkswagen CC are very similar to those for the 2012 CC, since the only change for the new model year is the upgraded interior.

Volkswagen CC Auto Insurance Rates

Edmunds estimates that typical Volkswagen CC drivers will pay $6,843 for auto insurance during the initial five years that they own their sedans. This works out to an annual auto insurance cost of just under $1,370, and a monthly rate of $114.

Compared to what other drivers of upscale midsize sedans can expect to pay, this is a very low rate.

According to Edmunds, owners of the Audi A5, Volkswagen Eos, and BMW 3 Series can all expect annual car insurance bills roughly $500 higher than this. If you own an Infiniti G, a Mercedes Benz C Class, or a Cadillac CTS, your auto insurance rates are likely to be closer to $2,000 per year.

These lower auto insurance rates for the Volkswagen CC reflect its low sticker price relative to these competitors. Starting at just over $28,000, the 2012 CC is one of the most affordable vehicles in the upscale midsize class.

In fact, the 2011 Buick Regal is the only lower-priced option, with an entry-level MSRP of just $26,360. The next most affordable option in this class after the CC is the 2011 Nissan Maxima, which starts at $31,750.

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Repairs and Maintenance for the 2011 CC

Edmunds anticipates that repairs for the Volkswagen CC will cost $1,067 during the first five years of ownership. Compared to estimated repair costs for other upscale midsized sedans, this figure is quite low.

When combined with the CC’s low car insurance rate estimates, the vehicle seems to be a good long term value.

Edmunds anticipates that like the CC, the Infiniti G will only cost about $1,000 to repair for five years. Estimated 5-year repair costs for the Cadillac CTS are also on the low side, totaling less than $2,000.

Expected repair costs for the Audi A5, Mercedes C Class, and BMW 3 Series are higher than those for Volkswagen’s CC. The A5 should incur about $2,333 in repair bills over five years, and the C Class and 3 Series will both rack up repair bills of approximately $2,600 for five years.

Estimated maintenance expenses for the Volkswagen CC once again make it a good value compared to its competition. Edmunds anticipates that routine maintenance costs for the 2012 CC will total $3,060 over five years.

The Cadillac CTS, Volkswagen Eos, and 3 Series BMW will all cost their owners less than $4,000 to maintain for five years, as well.

On the higher end of the scale are Audi’s A5 sedan, the Mercedes C Class sedans, and Infiniti’s G sedan. The A5 will cost most owners about $5,533 for routine maintenance during the initial five years that they own it.

Edmunds says that the C Class and Infiniti G will both cost their owners roughly $6,000 to maintain during the same time frame.

Fuel Economy for the Volkswagen CC

The Volkswagen CC has low long-term ownership costs compared to its competitors, and its fuel economy ratings bear this claim out. The 2011 and 2012 CC models both get 31 city mpg and 21 highway mpg, making them some of the most fuel efficient upscale midsized sedans on the road.

Although there are several hybrids in this category that get better gas mileage, the only gasoline-powered competitor to best the Volkswagen CC in average fuel economy is the Audi A4. It gets 30 highway mpg and 23 city mpg.

Volkswagen CC Safety Ratings and Features

The 2011 and 2012 Volkswagen CC models were both honored as “Top Safety Picks” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The institute conducted front impact, rear impact, side impact, and rollover crash tests on the CC, and rated its performance “Good” in all categories. “Good” is the highest rating available from the IIHS.

The federal government’s crash testing agency has not evaluated either the 2011 or the 2012 Volkswagen CC yet.

Standard safety features that you’ll find on all Volkswagen CCs include antilock brakes, active head restraints for both the driver and front passenger, and tire pressure monitoring.

The CC also features Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System, which turns off the engine, unlocks all doors, and activates the vehicle’s hazard lights when the CC’s airbags deploy.

The CC is also equipped with electronic stability control and anti-slip regulation, both of which assist drivers in icy conditions.

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