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2013 Volkswagen CC

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2013 Volkswagen CC Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

Based on VW's award-winning Passat, the 2013 Volkswagen CC, which stands for "Comfort Coupe," ditches the unique front and rear styling of its predecessor for a new look that conforms to the brand's current design language. While its "4-door coupe" designation is, in fact, an oxymoron, the Volkswagen CC offers the sweeping roofline, frameless side glass and low, aggressive stance of a coupe with the practicality of four doors. The CC differentiates itself from the affordably priced mid-size Passat with superior interior materials and a distinctive, curvy profile resembling the elegant designs of more expensive luxury-branded vehicles.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are not enticed with "4-door coupe" designs and seek an exceptionally efficient sedan with generous rear-seat space, the Passat's superior interior volume, attractive sub-$22K starting price and incredibly efficient diesel option might be the better choice.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.4
  • 8.4
  • 7.0
  • 8.8
  • 6.0
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#24

out of 40

Fuel Economy

#33

out of 40

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.1 out of 10
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2013 Volkswagen CC Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

The Volkswagen CC receives seating for five and a number of appearance enhancements for 2013, including some new external styling and colors, new wheels, and LED running lights. Also, the sporty R-Line trim makes a return engagement this year, adding a number of tasteful interior and exterior enhancements that serve to further bolster the CC's visual appeal.

Driving the CC
2013 Volkswagen CC Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2013 Volkswagen CC drives as sharp as it looks. A laser-seam-welded body combined with taut suspension mitigates body lean and flex for an engaging driving experience. And despite its...

rigid construction, the CC still manages to soak up most pavement deformities without feeling overly harsh. Steering is light and manageable for simple parking maneuvers and appropriately weighted for increased control at highway speeds. While the standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine provides an abundance of low-end torque and ample fuel efficiency, we did, however, observe some mild vibration at low engine speeds. On the other hand, the available V6 smoothly delivers all of its 280 horses through a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission with gear changes so quick the tachometer needle can hardly keep pace.
Favorite Features

4MOTION ALL-WHEEL DRIVE (AWD)
The top-of-the-line VR6 4Motion Executive model features an adaptive all-wheel drive system with the ability to transfer nearly 100 percent of the engine's power to a specific axle for peak performance in a variety of driving conditions.

DIRECT SHIFT GEARBOX (DSG) AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
The available 6-speed DSG transmission is essentially comprised of two separate manual gearboxes housed within a single automated unit. When compared to a traditional automatic transmission, the DSG delivers increased fuel economy, a decreased loss of torque during gear changes and faster, smoother shifting.

2013 Volkswagen CC Details
2013 Volkswagen CC Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

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. Standard leatherette can be replaced with optional leather trim in a solid or 2-tone color scheme. 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. Despite its compact display, the standard multimedia system features an intuitive interface with uncluttered graphics and large buttons for simple operation. While stylish, the CC's swept roofline compromises rear seat headroom while the trunklid's sloped design hinders luggage space.

Exterior
2013 Volkswagen CC photo

The Volkswagen CC's principal selling point is its sharp, elegant shape. Touted as the only 4-door coupe in its class, the 2013 CC features a refreshed front end comprised of a new front bumper, hood, headlights and grille. The CC's facelift is complemented by LED running lights while new LED taillights round out the changes to the rear. R Line models add a bit more flair to the mix with 18-inch alloy wheels, smoked taillight bezels, and a bolder front bumper with corresponding side sill extensions.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Well-appointed even in base trim, the 2013 Volkswagen CC offers a host of standard features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6-speed manual transmission, bi-xenon headlights that are nearly three times brighter than conventional halogen bulbs, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated 12-way power front seats, and an 8-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth wireless technology. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags and Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors and activates the hazard warning lights when the system detects an airbag deployment.

Optional Equipment

Like most VW models, optional equipment for the 2013 CC is trim level specific. The five available trims (the R Line makes six in early 2013) include Sport, Sport Plus, Lux, VR6 Lux and VR6 4Motion Executive. Sport Plus models add a navigation system, 18-inch wheels and a DSG automatic transmission on top of the Sport's standard equipment. The Lux adds a power sunroof and dark brushed-aluminum interior trim, while the VR6 Lux tacks on a navigation system with a 6.5-inch display, leather-trimmed seats and, you guessed it, a V6 engine. The fully-loaded VR6 4Motion Executive features all-wheel drive, ventilated front seats, a premium audio system, and a sonar proximity warning system for difficult parking spots.

Under the Hood
2013 Volkswagen CC Engine photo

The 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport, Sport Plus and Lux models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that gets 32 miles per gallon on the highway while churning out 200 horsepower. VR6 models suffer a notable drop in fuel economy for a 280 horsepower naturally aspirated V6 matched to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. The turbocharged 2.0-liter can be mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or the DSG automatic.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
200 horsepower @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32 mpg (manual), 22/31 mpg (automatic)

3.6-liter V6
280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
265 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27 mpg (FWD), 17/25 (AWD)

Pricing Notes

The 2013 Volkswagen CC starts just over $31K in base trim, while the top-of-the-range VR6 4Motion Executive will set you back around $42,000. Sport Plus trims and the stylish R-Line begin right around $33,000. On the value side, a comparably equipped BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 can quickly jump into territory some $10,000 more expensive. However, given the CC's $10,000 premium over the Passat, there may be fewer interested in the CC at its much higher relative cost. Prices consumers are actually paying may vary, so check our Fair Purchase Price in the "What should I pay for my new car?" section on our homepage to see what others in your area have paid for their CCs. Projected resale values for the 2013 Volkswagen CC over five years are in line with the Nissan Maxima and below that of the Lexus ES 350 and Audi A4.

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2013 Volkswagen CC Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 142 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Overall very pleased , great design, ride

By on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "outstanding performance and fun to drive"

Cons: "Low profile makes it difficult to enter vehicle"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"and high performance with the 2.o liter turbo engine and the DGS transmission. I average around 24 mpg overall using regular gasoline with aggressive driving. Interior quality is superb and entertaining vehicle to drive. No issues with over 47,000 miles"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

What a sexy thing!!

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This car is sexy and fast!"

Cons: "Headlights need to go off when parked and key in."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was test driving many cars and went out on limb to drive the cc VW. I fell in love with the car instantly!! The comfort and feel in the drivers seat was not like anything else..I LOVE THIS CAR!! The drive is smooth and maneuvering is slick. I am not sure on reliability, since I have had it only 4 months, so gave it a 9. It was used so the value was right in my budget...thank you to the previous owner for taking such great care of this vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Customer service FAIL

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "good exterior"

Cons: "TERRIBLE gas mileage, lousy torque, erratic shift"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

my last average with 10 gallons...the previous was 17.4mpg. Thanks VW

"I owned the previous model, 2010 with a manual. Loved it, but because of issues with my back had to switch for the automatic 2013 model. Liked the exterior design (the interior is exactly the same) and i got the same price so i took the chance. The salesman told me the gas mileage is slightly worse, about 10% lower than the stick shift. As you can see from the photos, this car gets me 17-18 mpg. The sticker says 22mpg. After 3000 miles they found a problem w the gearbox and replaced a chip. It seemed to be working much better but then i noticed lag in shifting and downshifting by itself, especially at pulling up to a light. I took the car to the dealer, he checked and said it was the chip again reseting itself every time i start the car. And now, it started to burn through gas as if it's a truck. I take it to the dealer and they say they've checked everything but it's all fine, that i'm probably driving too aggressively. I live in Miami and drive clients in my car so driving fast or erratic isn't an option. On top of it, they won't give me a loaner car so i have to stay in the dealer for 4-5 hours every time. And to top it off, they call me after i complain to check and tell me AGAIN that everything has been checked and i am exaggerating. So i did a little bit of a test this past month, and as you can see, the car's own system is showing i'm right. This is the first time i've left a review, and at this point don't even care what the final result is. I will likely get rid of this car one way or another, get the lease bought out from one of your competitors. But i will also make sure EVERYONE finds out about the treatment that i've received. Youtube, Facebook, my area of influence, i'll even put a sign on my balcony if i have to. I am done with you."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

my last average with 10 gallons...the previous was 17.4mpg. Thanks VW

DREAM VW

By on Monday, March 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,449

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "true comfort coupe, large trunk luxury in and out"

Cons: "have to be heavy foot for DSG trans"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After owning 4 Jetta & 2 Passat the CC is a new ball game. have a 2011 CC Lux and still being asked "what kind of car is that? its gorgeous". From backup camera in the VW badge to hid headlights that turn with the steering, makes a dad like myself feel like James Bond as my kids would say. But on the buyers side, just the quality for the price is worth it (used is best priced). Its a true German car and you feel it from the time you close the door(only Vw car still made in Germany. this machine handles and performs better than I ever expected (2.0t is a beast) DSG trans can be sluggish on the takeoff if your not heavy foot like i am, but wait for it, wait for it, then WOW. if your looking for a sexy coupe with the versatility of four doors, then the CC is it. Benz started the 4door coupe with the CLS (too big) but VW nailed it with the CC. then Benz rethought it this year with the CLA, smaller to take out the CC but not good enough. Was shocked when my bud and i switch cars one weekend his 2014 CLA for my 2011 CC and i want my CC back so bad and he was just having too much fun driving it. NOT bashing Benz but CLA is not a Benz. CC is the way to go"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Nice style entry level euro road car

By on Sunday, March 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 875

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Style, ride, driveability"

Cons: "Dated infotainment, VW reliability record"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I purchased my 2014 CC Sport just over a month ago. I use it as a daily driver 10 miles one way in the NE U.S. This is my 3rd VW in a row and so far, the one I'm least impressed with. The car looks slick but lost style in the 2013 update in a marketing bid called "branding" that makes most VWs look like each other. Otherwise it's a nice looking car with many nice features and those are easily accessible on the website for comparison. I will say that folks that say VWs are expensive are not comparing comparably equipped cars. Some of my favorite things about this car: V-tex seating, love it! AFS headlights, very nice. Overall dash configuration and fold down rear seats. Steering mounted controls are work great. Bluetooth phone integration is awesome. The ride is realy firm so if your looking for a couch on wheels this isn't it. Driving is easy and the 2.0TSI is plenty responsive. The DSG auto works well with the engine but takes some getting used to for those new to this "automated manual" transmission. Things I don't like: Where oh where did the footwell lights go? 34G and no footwell lights? The dash creaks almost all the time and the dealer said "don't hear it". Drivers dash cubby cut my left hand; dealer said "can't fix it". Radio works well but is dated and lacks features found in cheap domestic cars. iPhone hookup buried in the glovebox. I would buy this car again but after I got one that din't sound like the dash is going to fall out going down the road."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Very Happy

By on Sunday, January 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value; standard options."

Cons: "none."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is a well-kept secret of VW line-up. Excellent value for the money; very quick; very nice standard options. Highly recommend."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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