Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Volkswagen CC VS 2013 Mercedes C-Class Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Volkswagen CC

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2013 Mercedes C-Class

Safety Comparison

Both the CC and the C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

Volkswagen’s powertrain warranty covers the CC 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C-Class Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the C-Class Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The CC’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the C-Class Sedan’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the CC for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the C-Class Sedan.

There are almost 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CC’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen CC’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the C-Class Sedan’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the CC 2.0T is faster than the C250 Sedan (automatics tested):


C-Class Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.3 sec

17.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

7.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.7 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen CC uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The C-Class Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CC has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Sedan (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the CC’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Sedan:

CC 2.0T



C350 Sedan

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

11.6 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

12 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

The CC stops much shorter than the C-Class Sedan:


C-Class Sedan

80 to 0 MPH

225 feet

241 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

135 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CC has larger tires than the C-Class Sedan (235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17). The CC 2.0T Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (235/45R17 vs. 225/40R18).

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires standard on the CC can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CC is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the C-Class Sedan.

The CC VR6 4Motion handles at .91 G’s, while the C350 Sedan pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The CC VR6 4Motion goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.7 MPH faster than the C350 Sedan (66.5 vs. 63.8 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the CC VR6 4Motion is quieter than the C250 Sedan:


C-Class Sedan

At idle

46 dB

54 dB


73 dB

73 dB

50 MPH Cruising

63 dB

71 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The CC has 5.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Sedan (93.6 vs. 88.2).

The CC has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room and 3.9 inches more rear legroom than the C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CC has a larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan (13.2 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the CC V6/VR6 4Motion Executive to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The CC VR6 4Motion Executive’s standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the CC owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CC will cost $1115 less than the C-Class Sedan over a five-year period.

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