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2014 Volkswagen CC Executive new Car-Net connectivity suite


August 30, 2013 6:35 PM PDT / September 3, 2013 12:36 PM PDT


When it first the Volkswagen CC was known as the Passat CC, a variant of the large sedan featured a more coupe-like Over the years, the CC and Passat further diverged, the former the Passat moniker back in For the 2014 model year, the two driving characteristics and engine are now very different.

I think it’s fitting that so after our First Take in the Passat. that we take a at the new 2014 Volkswagen CC Executive to see how it to the sedan upon which it was and shares a platform.

RNS 510 cabin

Cabin tech is modular the VW brand, so it’s no surprise to see the the RNS 510 receiver in the 2014 CC that can be across the automaker’s line of

The RNS 510 navigation system isn’t impressive, but it gets the job done. Goodwin/CNET

The RNS 510 navigation system rudimentary graphics that visually impressive, but they get the job The list of audio sources CD playback, MP3 and iPod connectivity, a analog auxiliary input, and and terrestrial radio, but digital is connected to the receiver via VW’s Media Device Interface, than a simple USB port. like to see HD Radio join list and the death of the MDI in the next

Bluetooth hands-free calling is as is voice command. Unfortunately, the command only works to the hands-free calling system. So, you can press a button and say call you can’t press the same and say navigate home. For navigation and source selection, you’ll to make use of the color touchscreen, doesn’t lock the driver out of input while the vehicle is in but does show you a disclaimer if you try to complex inputs while

I groaned aloud when I saw VW is still using the Media Interface. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

are a few differences that I noted this and the 2014 Passat. VW’s amazing Fender system doesn’t seem to be on the CC, though the standard audio rig was equipped sounded good I also noted an odd bug with the control that wouldn’t let me the audio level when the was set to the auxiliary input. I’d to change sources, adjust the and then pop back over to the aux The other VW vehicles that I didn’t exhibit this so it may have been a fluke or odd

Car -Net telematics

Generally the tech in the CC is fairly dated then again all VWs are — but 2014 model is available the automaker’s new Car-Net telematics that brings a number of car features into the dashboard. is the same system that I was to test on the 2014 Passat the day, so you’ll forgive me if next part sounds

Functioning like a sort of for Volkswagens, Car-Net brings a of connected features to the 2014 CC, into four major Safe Secure, Family Remote Access, and Diagnostics However, unlike other VW is only offering a single tier that includes all of categories.

Safety features automatic crash response, assistance (provided by VW partner and stolen vehicle location. featurea include notifications e-mail or SMS) for exceeding speeds or entering or exiting geofenced zones. Remote include remote vehicle horn honk, destination and a concierge service that the driver speak to an operator to for a destination and have the location to the navigation system. Finally, tools allow the driver to visits for service and receive health reports.

Via Car-Net, users can have sent to the CC’s navigation Antuan Goodwin/CNET

Drivers can interact with the Car-Net by pressing one of the three buttons on the ceiling console in the vehicle information, roadside assistance, or SOS to speak to a call center use an iPhone application (an Android is coming soon according to a VW or access the service through a on a Web-connected personal computer.

I was to try out the system to download an address driving. Personally, I’m not a fan of concierge services for destination — I find them too intensive and, frankly, to an operator seems like a old-fashioned way of finding a destination Siri or Google Now will let you the web in seconds with simple commands — but there’s no the safety of letting someone do the searching while I was able to my eyes on the road. The call of the concierge call left to be desired, but that could as easily be attributed to the limited strength in the remote area testing occurred.

I was also demonstrations of the roadside assistance and the VW app and found them to also be and accessible. I particularly liked the to send destinations from the app or a before getting into the car and them waiting when ready to go.

Users can also use the Car-Net app to remote functions and search for Antuan Goodwin/CNET

A six-month trial of the Car-Net service is in the MSRP, after which cost $199 per year to access. Going month to will be more expensive, and to multiple years yields VW states that the system its vehicles into parity telematics systems offered by GM, and Toyota at a competitive price.

2.0 TSI train

The CC is powered by the larger of new turbocharged four-cylinder engines: a TSI engine that uses injection to generate 200 horsepower and 207 of torque. Like the 1.8 TSI engine in the the CC’s torque curve low in the the tachometer’s swing, generating grunt as low as 1,700rpm.

The 2.0 TSI is a great offering excellent low-to-midrange Antuan Goodwin/CNET

The extra is immediately noticeable over the Passat’s smaller engine and the CC just that much confident in its acceleration and pulls that much quicker from a light. With a low torque peak, the power accessible around town, means that the six-speed automatic transmission (DSG) have to hunt around as looking for power when you to, for example, pass on the highway or to merge with traffic on an

The versatility of that six-speed DSG is demonstrated well here in the CC. In a like the GTI or Beetle Turbo. the DSG like a performance upgrade launch control and lightning whip-cracking shifts. In the CC, you almost tell that it’s not a automatic under most The shifts in the gearbox’s standard are smooth and nearly imperceptible the slight dips and rises in the rpm. Pull the shifter into the Sport setting or to the to select gears in the manual and a bit of the sporting character begins to but the CC in 2.0T trim simply a performance car. The lack of shifters speaks volumes to end.

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Though not a driver’s car, my driving the 2014 CC 2.0T was pleasurable. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

like the new 1.8 TSI engine, the CC’s 2.0 TSI from an array of improvements increase its thermal and friction including an exhaust manifold features an integrated water-cooling that both helps the to heat up to optimal temperature but also allows better over that operating Additionally, the engine has been from the ground up to accommodate the so much of the piping that be required has been integrated the head, saving valuable

Thanks to the new 2.0T engine and the DSG transmission, fuel economy is at 22 city and 31 highway mpg, is still fairly close to the economy of the Passat and its smaller despite the increase in power.

who want to go faster than the 2.0 8-ish second 0-60 can step up to the all-wheel drive, 280 285 pound-feet of torque packing VR6 model, which hits 60 mph in 6 seconds, but they’ll have to down to an EPA estimated 17 city and 25 mpg. That seems a fair trade to me, but for most the efficiency of the 2.0T is probably desirable.

Handling and electronic power

Despite weighing 139 pounds than the Passat, the CC is a slightly vehicle by almost every measurable dimension. It’s shorter nose-to-tail, lower to the slightly narrower, and — most important to the character of the handling — shorter in down from the Passat’s inches to 106.7 inches axle to axle.

The CC may look but it actually has a shorter wheelbase and length than the Passat. Goodwin/CNET

One advantage of the shorter is that the CC feels more to steering inputs than its brother and more willing to be ’round a bend. While vehicles featured electronic steering, the CC’s system is to feel lighter and requires steering effort. Normally, complaining about overly-light, power steering, but I rather this setup. The CC’s felt less faux-heavy and direct that the Passat’s. steering can be a very good when done correctly.

the steering wheel a particular was met with an appropriate and expected of steering where the rubber the road. While neither offers particularly good feel, the CC at least didn’t the issue with that feeling that kept me enjoying the Passat over the roads. The CC was easier to place the narrow lanes of the twisty that Volkswagen chose for my runs and required fewer midturn to stay on course.

I felt tired of driving the midway through the hour-long set before me, I felt that I easily drive the more CC for an hour more.

In sum

The Executive is a new trim level for the 2014 year, bringing all of the luxury that were part of the VR6 Executive trim level to drivers who want the efficiency of the turbo, four-cylinder model. features include the navigation tinted sunroof with (but not sliding) function, 18-inch wheels, leather and aluminum interior trim, and entry and push-button start.

The 2014 CC and Toureg are the first VW to feature hands-free easy-open Antuan Goodwin/CNET

New for 2014 is a easy-open trunk that the driver to pop open the trunk by a foot beneath the rear while the keyless entry stays in their pocket. seen this feature on the Ford Escape and C-Max and found it to be very useful for access to the vehicle with hands. The 2014 CC and Touareg are available with this the CC being the first time I’ve seen the feature on a

The 2014 CC starts at $31,795 for the model, but the 2014 VW Passat CC 2.0T’s as-tested price of included all of the aforementioned features as as an $865 destination charge.

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