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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $18,895 - $42,895
Invoice: $18,139 - $41,136
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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Volkswagen CC Interior

The automotive press writes that the 2014 Volkswagen CC has a very refined interior with quality construction, upscale materials and simple, well-laid-out controls. However, they say a very cramped rear seat and a small trunk hurt its practicality.

  • "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
  • "The CC's connection to the old Passat is most visible in its sophisticated cabin. Soft-touch materials abound, fit and finish is excellent and the overall design is intuitive, flowing and polished." -- Left Lane News
  • "From the flagship VR6 4Motion Executive to the entry-level 2.0T Sport trim, every 2013 Volkswagen CC boasts high-quality interior materials and an elegantly crafted layout." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Padded surfaces abound. Top-quality materials create an attractive, comfortable, well-made cabin." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating

The 2014 VW CC seats five and comes with leatherette upholstery and heated 12-way power-adjustable front seats. The 2.0T Executive trim features leather upholstery. The V6 Executive 4MOTION trim includes ventilated front seats, a massaging driver’s seat and a power rear-window sunshade. Reviewers say the CC’s leatherette seating feels and looks better than the real leather in some rivals, and that the power-adjustable front seats are exceptionally comfortable. However, test drivers find that rear-seat space is generally tight, with limited legroom and a small center seating position. Additionally, the CC’s sloping roof means that there’s very little headroom in the back seat.

  • "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. Last year, Volkswagen caved to customer demand and added a third seat in back, but the car is barely large enough to hold a fifth person for more than a short jaunt." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The vinyl-leatherette surfaces are not only convincing but also look and feel better than some of the genuine leather found in other cars." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The rear footwells are tight, and the sloping, tapered greenhouse severely crimps head- and shoulder room. Occupants quickly will become acquainted with each other." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • "The front seats are supremely comfortable thanks to their standard 12-way power adjustability with 4-way power lumbar support and headrests that adjust fore-and-aft." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Interior Features

The base 2014 Volkswagen CC Sport comes standard with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a touch-screen navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control and an eight-speaker audio system. The 2.0T Executive trim adds a sunroof and keyless entry with push-button start. The V6 Executive 4MOTION trim includes a 10-speaker Dynaudio premium sound system and front and rear parking sensors.

The majority of test drivers thinks the VW CC has simple controls with large buttons and dials, which make operation easy. A few reviewers say the navigation system looks dated, but most say it is easy to use.

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  • "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)
  • "Climate dials are reasonably large, clear, and simple to operate. The touchscreen works well but could be set higher for easier reading. The display can wash out when wearing polarized sunglasses. The navigation system absorbs some audio functions, but doesn't overly complicate them." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Volkswagen CC has a 13.2 cubic-foot trunk, which reviewers think is undersized, and further hindered by a small opening that makes it difficult to load and unload bulkier items. The CC features 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.

  • "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 split-folding rear seats feature a center pass-through to add to the 13 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit small for a midsize sedan. As a result, a golf bag will need to lie diagonally within the trunk, limiting the ability to accommodate additional luggage." -- Edmunds (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. For more cargo room, the 60/40 rear seat folds almost flat with ease." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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