Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Volkswagen CC VS 2016 BMW 3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Volkswagen CC

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2016 BMW 3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen CC are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the CC and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Volkswagen’s powertrain warranty covers the CC 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 3 Series 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 3 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 73 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are BMW 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 3 Series Sedan’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the CC’s reliability will be 28% better than the 3 Series Sedan.

Engine Comparison

The CC has more powerful engines than the 3 Series Sedan:



CC 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

200 HP

207 lbs.-ft.

CC VR6 Executive 3.6 DOHC V6

280 HP

265 lbs.-ft.

320i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

180 HP

200 lbs.-ft.

328i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

255 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Road & Track the CC VR6 Executive is faster than the 320i (automatics tested):


3 Series Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

88.9 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 3 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The CC has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan ActiveHybrid/diesel’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The CC has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CC stops much shorter than the 3 Series Sedan:


3 Series Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CC has larger tires than the 3 Series Sedan (235/45R17 vs. 225/55R17). The CC Trend/Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (235/45R17 vs. 225/40R19).

The CC Trend/Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 3 Series Sedan’s standard 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The CC VR6 Executive 4Motion handles at .91 G’s, while the 340i pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the CC VR6 Executive 4Motion is quieter than the 328i:


3 Series Sedan

At idle

46 dB

51 dB


73 dB

75 dB

50 MPH Cruising

63 dB

70 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The CC has .9 inches more front shoulder room and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the 3 Series Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CC has a much larger trunk than the 3 Series Sedan (13.2 vs. 12 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CC has standard extendable sun visors. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air conditioned seats in the CC VR6 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer air conditioned 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 $380 less than the 3 Series Sedan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CC is less expensive to operate than the 3 Series Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the CC than the 3 Series Sedan, including $109 less for an alternator, $66 less for front brake pads, $20 less for front struts, $610 less for a timing belt/chain and $344 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen CC and the BMW 3 Series Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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