Top Safety Pick

2011 Volkswagen CC

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles Does not apply to 4-wheel drive models.

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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
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.

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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
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.

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
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

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

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-17 models

Seat type: Power seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry