Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Volkswagen CC VS 2016 Buick Regal Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Volkswagen CC

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2016 Buick Regal

Safety Comparison

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

Warranty Comparison

The CC’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Regal’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

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

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the CC has a 140-amp alternator. The Regal’s standard 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the CC has a standard 570-amp battery. The Regal’s standard 438-amp battery and largest (Turbo/GS) 512 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

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 11% better than the Regal.

Engine Comparison

The CC 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (200 vs. 182) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (207 vs. 172) than the Regal eAssist’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The CC VR6 Executive’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 21 more horsepower (280 vs. 259) than the Regal Turbo/GS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the CC VR6 Executive is faster than the Regal Turbo/GS (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.7 sec

16.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CC FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Regal FWD:



4 cyl./Manual

21 city/32 hwy

20 city/31 hwy

turbo 4 cyl.

4 cyl./Auto


19 city/31 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

turbo 4 cyl.

The CC has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Regal eAssist’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the CC’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Regal:



Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.7 inches

The CC stops much shorter than the Regal:



80 to 0 MPH

225 feet

238 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

131 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Regal’s standard 50 series tires.

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 Regal doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

The CC R-Line/Executive has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Regal, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The CC VR6 Executive 4Motion handles at .91 G’s, while the Regal Turbo pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The CC VR6 Executive 4Motion goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.1 MPH faster than the Regal Turbo (66.5 vs. 65.4 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the CC’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Regal’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Volkswagen CC may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Buick Regal.

The design of the Volkswagen CC amounts to more than styling. The CC has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the Regal (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the CC get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the CC 2.0T Sport is quieter than the Regal GS:



At idle

41 dB

48 dB


74 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

72 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the CC easier. The CC’s trunk lift-over height is 27.25 inches, while the Regal’s liftover is 30 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the CC offers cargo security. The Regal’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CC. The Regal doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CC Executive’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Regal doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The CC’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Regal’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The CC’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Regal’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The CC VR6 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Regal doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the CC Sport/R-Line/Executive has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Regal doesn’t offer cornering lights. The CC Sport/R-Line/Executive also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A power rear sunshade is standard in the CC VR6 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Regal doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The CC Executive has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Regal has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Regal doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CC is less expensive to operate than the Regal because typical repairs cost much less on the CC than the Regal, including $512 less for an alternator, $102 less for front brake pads, $416 less for front struts and $203 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen CC and the Buick Regal, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its December 2010 issue and they ranked the Volkswagen CC 2.0T Sport first. They ranked the Buick Regal Turbo third.

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