Test Drive: 2013 Volkswagen CC volkswagen car test drives
Test Drive: 2013 Volkswagen CC volkswagen car test drives
2013 Volkswagen CC. Click image to enlarge

The CC’s supportive and comfortable front seats have plenty of headroom and legroom and both seats feature power height, rake, and in-and-out and up-and-down lumbar adjustments—plus seat heaters with three temperature settings. At the rear, sitting ‘behind myself’, I found about an inch of headroom, and sufficient knee room and foot room for my 175 cm (5’9”) frame, but the low seating position forces the knees into an upward stance and getting in and out requires ducking under the sloping roofline. The aforementioned fold-down centre armrest includes flip-out cupholders and a covered storage area and provides a handy centre armrest for outboard passengers.

The CC’s small, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and telephone buttons adjusts up and down and in and out to accommodate any sized driver. Visibility is quite good except for some obstruction by the three rear head restraints. Assisting rear vision is a rearview camera that provides a nice view of the area behind the car in the centre screen when the transmission is put in Reverse. Dash controls are easy to reach and the bright backlit gauges are easy to read. A trip computer display between the gauges provides useful info on average fuel economy, range, travel time, average speed as well as outside temperature. It can also display your connected smart phone contacts list, call history, and Bluetooth audio song selection.

Test Drive: 2013 Volkswagen CC volkswagen car test drives
2013 Volkswagen CC. Click image to enlarge

The CC’s 373 L (13.2 cu. ft.) trunk is deep with a carpeted floor, walls, and lined trunk lid and has an open storage bin on the right side. The rear seatbacks fold down and there is a centre pass-through behind the rear armrest. Under the trunk floor is, surprise, surprise, a full-size spare tire with alloy wheel. Dagnab it Rufus, haven’t seen one of those since before my pappy was born!

It’s difficult to pinpoint the CC’s primary competitors: there are few mid-sized or large sedans that offer the same combination of stylishness, quality, and four-cylinder turbo power; competitors might include the Kia Optima SX turbo or the Sonata 2.0T, Buick Regal Turbo, or even the BMW 328i or Audi A4. There are certainly plenty of less stylish sedans with which it doesn’t compete.

By the way, the 2013 VW CC is recommended by Consumer Reports.

Pricing: 2013 Volkswagen CC Highline
Base price (Sportline 2.0T): $35,125
Base price (Highline 2.0T): $39,975
Options: $1,400 (6-speed DSG with Tiptronic)
Freight: $1,395
A/C tax: $100
Price as tested: $42,870

Competitors
Buyer’s Guide: Acura TSX
Buyer’s Guide: Buick Regal
Buyer’s Guide: Chevrolet Impala
Buyer’s Guide: Ford Taurus
Buyer’s Guide: Honda Accord
Buyer’s Guide: Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
Buyer’s Guide: Kia Optima 2.0T
Buyer’s Guide: Mazda6
Buyer’s Guide: Nissan Maxima
Buyer’s Guide: Subaru Legacy
Buyer’s Guide: Toyota Avalon
Buyer’s Guide: Volvo S60

Crash test results
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

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