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MSRP: $32,685 - $43,140
Invoice: $31,345 - $41,371
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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Volkswagen CC Interior

Test drivers say the 2015 Volkswagen CC’s interior has top-notch materials, outstanding build quality and an eye-catching design. Reviewers also appreciate the CC’s supportive and roomy front seats, but they say the car’s sloping roof hurts rear-seat headroom. Many also think the CC’s trunk is too small. The CC’s infotainment system has a smaller screen and fewer features than many competing systems, according to some critics, though others note that at least it’s easy to use.

  • "Soft-touch materials abound, fit and finish is excellent and the overall design is intuitive, flowing and polished." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2015 Volkswagen CC comes in a few different trim levels, but even the base Sport treats you to rich interior materials and impressive build quality, easily meeting luxury-brand standards." -- Edmunds
  • "Even if the CC is filled to capacity, all passengers will appreciate the high-end cabin tastefully appointed in attractive color palettes -- our favorite is the desert beige/black two-tone, although the all-black interior is quite appealing, too." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "Padded surfaces abound. Top-quality materials create an attractive, comfortable, well-made cabin." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2015 VW CC seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and front seats that are heated and 12-way power-adjustable. The 2.0T Executive trim features leather upholstery. The V6 Executive 4MOTION trim includes a massaging driver’s seat, ventilated front seats and a power rear-window sunshade. Auto writers agree that the CC’s front seats are supportive and provide generous head- and legroom. They say the rear seats have poor headroom due to the CC’s sloping roof, but some point out the legroom is decent.

  • "In the front seats, legroom and headroom are plentiful, and features like heated and cooled massaging seats, power sunshade and panoramic sunroof give the cabin a feeling of elegance and comfort. However, for taller people, the back seat has less room to offer, as the swooping roofline cuts in on rear-seat headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The firm and supportive standard front seats provide the same power adjustments on both sides, a refreshing departure from the common practice of giving the passenger fewer toys. In the back, headroom is limited due to the CC's sleek roof line, but legroom is surprisingly ample." -- Edmunds
  • "The sloping roofline makes the 2014 Volkswagen CC a four-door ‘coupe’ in the vein of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and restricts rear-seat headroom." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Volkswagen CC include a 5-inch touch-screen navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, iPod connectivity, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system. The 2.0T Executive trim adds a sunroof, push-button start and an upgraded navigation system with a 6.5-inch touch screen. The V6 Executive 4MOTION trim includes a 10-speaker Dynaudio premium audio system and front and rear parking sensors.

Some reviewers complain that the CC’s infotainment system has a smaller screen and fewer features than the systems in rival vehicles. However, other auto writers point out that the infotainment system’s touch-screen display has large buttons and is easy to use. Critics also note that the other controls in the CC’s cabin are user-friendly.

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  • "… the CC's infotainment setup is pretty basic and lacks the big screens and expansive customization features found on other systems." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its compact display, the standard multimedia system features an intuitive interface with uncluttered graphics and large buttons for simple operation." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The navigation system feels cheap and outdated even when compared to today's handheld units, and it doesn't allow the user to see 'the big picture' (it cannot be zoomed all the way out)." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "All the controls are well-placed and have a premium feel to them." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Volkswagen CC has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the class. However, reviewers say the trunk’s narrow shape and small opening make it difficult to load and unload bulkier items. The CC comes standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and the Executive trims add a hands-free trunk feature, which lets you open the trunk by waving your foot under the bumper.

  • "The CC's trunk measures a rather modest 13.2 cubic feet, and its pinched shape may complicate the loading of larger items." -- Edmunds
  • "While stylish, the CC's swept roofline compromises rear seat headroom while the trunklid's sloped design hinders luggage space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The trunk's load height is low enough for easy loading, but the opening is small and its hinges intrude into the cargo space." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 12/19/14

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