Top Safety Pick

2011 Volkswagen CC

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

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2011 Volkswagen CC 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen CC Lux Plus 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver 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.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space wasn't maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left, and the seat belt allowed the dummy to move too far forward, as is evident from the gap between the seat back and the dummy's torso.

Despite extensive intrusion of the door hinge pillar and instrument panel, risk of injury was moderate and limited to the left thigh.

Technical measurements for this test

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

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T 4-door

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test of the Volkswagen Passat.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint above the dummy's head indicates where the head hit the roof rail and grab handle during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant 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

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Volkswagen CC 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

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

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

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Volkswagen CC Lux Limited 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,419 lbs
Peak force 15,057 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.40

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Seat type: Power seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
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

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted