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Volkswagen CC saloon (2012-2017) - Reliability & safety

The Volkswagen CC should prove to be reliable with same underpinnings as trusty Passat CC

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Reliability & safety Rating

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Superb safety ratings across the VW Group and high build quality make Volkswagens a dependable choice for long-term ownership. All of the VW Passat’s components (which are shared with the CC) have been developed and tested to a very high standard and are shared with some Audi, Skoda and SEAT cars, too.

Volkswagen CC reliability

As the Volkswagen CC is a fairly rare sight on UK roads, it hasn't yet featured in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. The CC is heavily based on the MK6 Volkswagen Passat, so its parts are tried and tested.

Disappointingly, the Mk6 Passat finished mid-table at 73rd out of 150 cars in the 2014 Driver Power survey, then dropped to 166 out of 200 cars in the 2015 edition. In 2016 it came in 126th place out of 150 cars. This is an unfortunate trend, considering the standard Passat was rated 34th in 2013.

This contributed to Volkswagen’s lacklustre overall ranking of 24th out of 32 manufacturers surveyed, including a 29th-place finish for reliability.

Volkswagen CC safety

The Volkswagen CC hasn't been put through the rigours of a Euro NCAP crash test yet, but the Volkswagen Passat on which it’s based was awarded the maximum five-star rating. The Passat scored 91% for adult protection and 77% for child protection, and we’d expect the CC to perform in a broadly similar way.

Volkswagen also offers an abundance of hi-tech safety systems as options, including fatigue detection, active head restraints, blind-spot warning and lane-keeping assistance. Meanwhile, automatic braking will bring the car to a halt at low speed if it senses an imminent collision. You can also specify automatically adjusting headlights and a system that recognises road signs and displays them on the dashboard.

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