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in 2009 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,999 - $15,245
Original MSRP: $27,100 - $39,800
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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2009 Volkswagen CC Interior

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The passenger cabin of the 2009 CC is stylish, with a sharp two-tone color scheme. Most reviewers say it is also well-made, with high quality materials, user-friendly electronics and smart ergonomics. A vocal minority, however, say the interior is more flash than substance.

  • "Padded surfaces abound. Top-quality materials create an attractive, comfortable, well-made cabin. Sport's leatherette seats and faux-metal plastic trim are credible imitations and still feel class-appropriate. Luxury's leather surfaces, brushed metal trim, and chrome accents convey a classy, up-market look and feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, the CC mostly carries over the Passat's cabin, complete with high-quality materials and well-designed controls. The CC adds a bit of flair, though, with sharp two-tone seats available on every trim level -- tan seat centers and door trim surrounded by black." -- Edmunds
  • "It's refined -- with lovely seats, elegant upholstery stitching, quality switchgear and top-shelf materials. The CC includes some welcome interior upgrades over the Passat." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "That sense of occasion is led by the interior, with the deluxe appointments and fastidious fit and finish that are VW and Audi hallmarks." -- New York Times
  • "VW aficionados will likewise be shocked by the interior quality, or lack thereof. Most of the plastic trim is rough, and hard. The trim surrounding the HVAC unit was flimsy and already coming loose - not what one expects from a $40,000 car. Again, this is all the more incomprehensible given that our $23,000 Jetta has a flawless interior that puts many more expensive vehicles to shame." -- Automobile Magazine

Seating

Reviewers love the front seats of the VW CC. They seem to belong in a more expensive car, with sharp two-toned upholstery with contrasting stitching and side bolstering worthy of a sport sedan. There is less agreement when it comes to the rear seats. The CC forgoes the traditional rear bench seat in favor of two bucket seats with a storage unit between them. Some reviewers aren't sure the set-up is an improvement over the more common bench seat, and nearly all reviewers agree that back seat accommodations are tight for adults.

  • "The pointless slide-open center console in the rear could be better served by a third (if not small) seat." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Generous headroom and legroom. The bolstered seats are supportive and road-trip pleasant. Comfort is further enhanced by a standard manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel and power driver and passenger seats. C's back seat provides decent legroom for the average-sized rider and has space for two in supportive seats. Taller passengers may need more headroom, a concession to CC's rakish roofline." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats have also been upgraded to be more supportive and feature attractive cross-stitched upholstery (in leather or convincing leatherette vinyl)...Items like driver memory functions and heated seats are often optional or not available in this class, but they're standard on the CC." -- Edmunds
  • "The CC surrenders some rear headroom (1.5 inches) to the aero gods, and one needs to be just slightly more limber to duck under the low roof to get in back." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "What great seats. They look sharp and hold you in place well...The rear seat is positioned slightly higher than the front, and yet that plunging roofline affords reasonable space and visibility for the 5-foot-10 and under crowd." -- Motor Trend
  • "The cream-and-black seats in my V-6 test car were clad in a ribbed leather that recalled the arty-yet-functional seats of a Ferrari or Maserati. They were also snazzier than the seats of an Audi A4." -- New York Times

Interior Features

Reviewers are impressed with the interior of the 2009 Volkswagen CC. Interior fit and finish is among the best in the midsize segment, with even the base leatherette upholstery winning raves. Some electronics are oddly placed, but most are intuitive.

  • "Sport's climate dials are large, clear, and simple to operate. Luxury models have dual-zone climate controls that are well-lit and also intuitive to use. The available navigation system works well but could be set higher for easier reading. The navigation system absorbs some audio functions, but doesn't overly complicate them." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even in its most basic form, the 2009 VW CC is well-equipped and beautifully finished. In particular, the standard cross-stitched "V-Tex" leatherette/vinyl upholstery looks and feels better than the genuine cow-sourced stuff in many cars, while other materials throughout the cabin are of a similar outstanding quality." -- Edmunds
  • "Some were put off by the lack of a center rear seat or Bluetooth connectivity (surely the latter will be added soon). The ignition key setup also drew raspberries for aping the BMW system of pushing the fob into a big rectangular hole in the dash and holding it in to start, but you have to hold the key in until the engine lights, it isn't automatic like the BMWs, and if you miss, the whole key has to come out and start over." -- Motor Trend
  • "While VW has produced some of the worst navigation and audio controls in the business...the CC has some of the best." -- New York Times

Cargo

The CC's styling requires certain concessions, one of which is trunk space. At 13 cubic feet, its trunk is one of the smallest in the midsize class. Reviewers say it isn't easy to access, either, due to a small opening and large hinges. However, storage space inside the cabin is better.

  • "The trunk's load height is low enough for easy loading, but the opening is small and its hinges intrude into the cargo space. For more cargo room, the 60/40 rear seat folds almost flat with ease. The cabin is filled with small-item storage cubbies that include a deep front center console, a smaller rear center console, and a large latched bin to the left of the steering wheel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk is also shorter and narrower [than that of the Passat] -- golf clubs will need to fit diagonally." -- Edmunds

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