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2016 Volkswagen CC

Midsize luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
FCW Not Qualified
autobrake
not tested

Headlights
A

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
M

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
FCW Not Qualified
autobrake
not tested
2015
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
A
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
P
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Volkswagen CC was introduced in the 2009 model year. The car is a variant of older (2006-10) models of the Volkswagen Passat sedan with a lower roofline and frameless side windows.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well. Maximum intrusion in the driver’s footwell area was 24 cm measured at the lower hinge pillar. Maximum intrusion in the instrument panel area was 17 cm.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left thigh would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 19 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure and resulting in little airbag cushioning for the chest. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects. The driver door hinges were torn off and the latch opened, resulting in the door detaching from the vehicle, which shouldn't happen because the driver could be partly or completely ejected from the vehicle.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2012 Volkswagen CC Lux Plus 4-door
Weight 3,433 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 189 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1203
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 24
Footrest (cm) 13
Left toepan (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm) 0
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 6
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 12
Upper dash (cm) 16
Lower instrument panel (cm) 17

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1203
Head
HIC-15 131
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Femur (kN)
Left 6.9
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 10
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.50
Right 0.35
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.6
Right 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 72
Right 70

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Volkswagen CC was introduced in the 2009 model year. The car remains a variant of older (2006-10) models of the Volkswagen Passat sedan with a lower roofline and frameless side windows. Frontal ratings are based on an earlier Institute test of a 2006 model Passat.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail/grab handle hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy’s head hit the roof rail and grab handle.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T 4-door
Weight 3,434 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0529
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0529
Head
HIC-15 161
Peak gs at hard contact 16
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 28
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.1
Femur force - right (kN) 1.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.33
Maximum tibia index - right 0.33
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 125

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Volkswagen CC was introduced in the 2009 model year. The car remains a variant of older (2006-10) models of the Volkswagen Passat sedan with a lower roofline and frameless side windows. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2009 Volkswagen CC 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,327 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 189 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 3.6 L V6
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS0801
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS0801
Head HIC-15 143
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 24
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 31
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.49
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.37
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.3
Combined force (kN) 4.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 144
A-P moment (Nm) 27

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS0801
Head HIC-15 308
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 2.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 33
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 39
Average deflection (mm) 31
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.16
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.57
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.4
Combined force (kN) 3.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 19
A-P moment (Nm) 86

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,419 lbs
Peak force 15,057 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.40
Tested vehicle
Rating does not apply to 4-wheel drive V6 model. Rating of this model is Acceptable.
2011 Volkswagen CC Lux Limited 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2009-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 24
Distance below top of head (mm) -6
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 15.2
Head contact time (ms) 60
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 11
Max neck tension (N) 574

Applies to 2016 models

System details

  • Optional Front Assist (with Autonomous Emergency Braking)

Package name

  • Optional Driver Assistance Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
FCW Not Qualified
autobrake
not tested
0 points total

Forward collision warning

This system does not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Trim level(s)
  • 2.0 Sport trim
  • 2.0 R-Line base trim
  • 2.0 R-Line Executive trim
  • 2.0 R-Line Executive w/ Carbon trim
  • 3.6L V4 4Motion Executive trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and fair on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve and fair on the sharp right and both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • 2.0 Sport trim
  • 2.0 R-Line base trim
  • 2.0 R-Line Executive trim
  • 2.0 R-Line Executive w/ Carbon trim
  • 3.6L V4 4Motion Executive trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 88.7 m None
Straightaway left edge 54.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 73.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 55.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 63.8 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 53.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 136.4 m
Straightaway left edge 98.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 78.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 72.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 64.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.5 m

Applies to 2016 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

M
Vehicle trim Sport
Seat type leatherette

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 52
Clearance angle (degrees) 73
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 43
Clearance angle (degrees) 91
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 43
Clearance angle (degrees) 86
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 51
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights

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