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2013 Volkswagen CC Review

With updated styling and seating for five, test drivers like the 2013 Volkswagen CC, but some don't think they’re enough to make it stand out in this competitive class.

Test drivers are happy with the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2013 VW CC, saying it’s strong enough to possibly dissuade some buyers from the pricey V6 option. They rave about Volkswagen’s DSG automated manual transmission, noting its quick, smooth shifts. A six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are also available. All-wheel drive is only found on the top VR6 4Motion Executive trim, and all other trims are front-wheel drive. The base Volkswagen CC with the automated manual earns an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is average for the class. A lot of auto reviewers like the sporty, comfortable handling of the CC, but one thinks its ride is too firm. Many automotive reviewers note that the brakes are strong and the steering is quick to respond.

Reviewers say the cabin of the 2013 Volkswagen CC is a good place to spend time because of its high-end materials, solid build quality, intuitive control layout and leatherette seat material. One test driver even thinks the leatherette is better than the genuine leather found in some competitors. The 2013 CC now seats five instead of four, and reviewers like that this adds function to the back seat, but they note that like many sedans, the middle rear seat is a tight squeeze. Most reviewers say that rear-seat headroom and legroom are a bit cramped due to the CC’s sloping roofline. Some test drivers note that the small trunk opening makes it hard to load larger cargo.

  • "Even if the CC's refresh has diminished its beauty, the sedan remains the most attractive VW of them all. On top of that, it still drives sweetly." -- Car and Driver
  • "While VW has improved upon the CC slightly for the 2013 model year, we're not sure if the changes go far enough." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2013 Volkswagen CC presents an attractive and higher-quality alternative to other midsize sedans, though its smallish backseat and trunk may be deal-breakers." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2013 Volkswagen CC offers luxury vehicle styling at a non-luxury price. If you are looking for an upscale mid-size sedan with a coupe-like shape and premium amenities, the CC might be the right choice for you." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Five years ago, the CC was a breath of fresh styling over a very good midsize sedan. Today, little more than its roofline sets it apart." -- Autoblog

Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Volvo S60 has marginally higher safety scores than the CC, but the CC has a slightly better reliability rating. With comparable fuel economy estimates and powertrain options, the S60 also receives praise from test drivers for its powerful turbocharged engine, as well as its upscale interior. The S60 stands out with high-tech safety features, like adaptive cruise control, collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and City Safety, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds to help avoid an accident if the system detects a person or object in front of the car.

Though no six-cylinder engine is available, reviewers are happy with the power of the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Buick Regal. If fuel economy is a priority, the CC or S60 are better choices though, as their turbocharged engines use less gas than the Regal’s turbo four. Auto critics like the Regal’s handling, which they say is well-balanced, as well as its high-quality cabin. If budget is a concern, the base Regal is a few thousand dollars cheaper than the base CC.

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Details: 2013 Volkswagen CC

The 2013 VW CC is available in six trim levels: Sport, Sport Plus, R-Line (available in early 2013), Lux, V6 Lux and VR6 4Motion Executive. Engines consist of a turbocharged four-cylinder and V6, while transmissions include a six-speed manual, DSG six-speed automated manual and six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is found only on the top-of-the-line VR6 4Motion Executive trim. VW recommends premium gas for all CC models. The CC debuted in 2008 as a 2009 model, and has been refreshed for the 2013 model year. This overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Review Last Updated: 5/22/14

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