2009 Volkswagen Passat CC
2009 Volkswagen Passat CC
2009 Volkswagen Passat CC
2009 Volkswagen Passat CC. Click image to enlarge

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Inside Story is a review of interior comfort features, cabin controls, storage options, trunk space and under-hood accessibility based on a seven-day evaluation.

Review and photos by Michael Clark

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2009 Volkswagen Passat CC

Four is the comfy-est number that you’ll ever do.

It’s about time. While many sedans throw in that rear seat centre restraint, few consider that someone might actually use it. The real estate is usually Olsen-twin savvy, and the comfort factor is erased by fold-down armrest biscuits with all the padding of a two-ply swatch of bathroom tissue. Passengers should fit well within a vehicle, not overlap. This is the goal of the Passat CC, along with shaking off the stodge from previous Passat offerings. This week, IS takes a retiring 2009 model for a last spin. 2010 pricing has arrived, with the Highline model tested now priced at $38,875. (Pricing shown does not include freight, taxes, regional or promotional incentives.)

The Cockpit/Centre Stack

Sculpture under $40K? It can exist, as the CC’s driver pod can attest. The three-spoke wheel boasts subtle thumb locators, plus audio, driver’s information navigation, and a Bluetooth-ready keyset. The cruise control stalk is found at the 8 p.m. position. A top-mount rocker switch on the wiper stalk adjusts the rain sensitivity. Auto headlamps are of the bi-xenon adaptive variety, with a downright entertaining self-check waggle on start-up. Note the electronic parking brake switch.

2009 Volkswagen Passat CC
2009 Volkswagen Passat CC
2009 Volkswagen Passat CC. Click image to enlarge

A manual lever release on the column accomplishes tilt and telescope, though the placement seems too far forward for ease of use. Power window panes are full auto. Trunk and fuel door releases are located at the front of the driver’s door panel, with a keyed trunk lock-out. Exterior mirrors are of the break-away style, with exterior turn signal indicators. A portion of the indicator lens is exposed within the driver’s view for both mirrors, as an added visual cue as to which indicator is engaged. The centre stack boasts automatic climate control, six-CD in-dash head unit, plus a manual gate for the six-speed automatic, with a separate Sport algorithm. Traction aids and the tire pressure monitoring switch form the perimeter of the shifter base.

Cubbies!

When’s the last time your glovebox had a rip cord? The CC’s lockbox looks standard issue, with the added benefit of the Vee-Dub HVAC-fed cooling system. Pull the orange tab, and the owner’s lit appears. Removable rubber biscuits line the majority of the storage cubbies, including the front door pockets. The rear doors are pocketless. The front cupholder uses three spring-loaded cinchers per cavity. Ratcheting action on the centre console lid is a comfort plus. Within, you’ll find the auxiliary audio jack, though no powerpoint is provided here. One is found below the HVAC controls, with a second powerpoint located at the rear of the centre console. A sizable dashboard cubby is located in front of the driver’s left knee.

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