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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
By CC girl in CA on Friday, July 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sporty, luxurious, beautiful, classy car!"
Cons: "no sunroof, low to the ground and sloped roof line"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I at am the end of my lease of a 2012 VW CC SE 4 door, White Gold Metallic. Great vehicle, great value at a reasonable price. This car was frequently mistaken for a Mercedes 350. I will be leasing another VW probably a 2014 Tiguan R-Line. I have been driving VW's since 1995, leased the last three VW's. I think I love VW's :)"
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Stan on Sunday, July 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"My wife and I Lease this car and love it. If you have the money to not worry about gas prices and want a fun sexy looking car, this one is well worth it. Pros: nice pick-up, sexy curves, head lights move when you turn the wheel, big trunk with fold down middle. Cons: insurance is expensive, uses premium gas, aux input is in the middle of arm rest and ipod connector is in the glove box."
By ac on Monday, May 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good pickup."
Cons: "VW warranty is terrible."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bad suspension. Tires wear unevenly. VW is aware there is a problem with the CC suspension, but won't do anything about it. Tires wear unevenly, causing road noise so load and vibration so bad when tires are rotated, that the VW service recommends not rotating at all, therefore tires wear out prematurely. No help from VW on purchase new tires, just excuses. This is my 5th VW over 25 years and now it will be my last."
16 people out of 28 found this review helpful
By Dima on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price,lux interior, leather, fun drive"
Cons: "multimedia system has wierd navigation"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great car. Every time somebody seats in it first time, you will hear "Wow! Interior is awesome!" I've two tone one so it gives extra A+ credit. It is also pretty comfortable. Even for 6.4'' person sitting at the back sit with same tall driver. Driving is good and sufficiently dynamic. From thing that can be better - more powerful engine would be nice to have more push. But this is cause I like driving fast and dynamic. Car still can easily overpower basic Camaro. Plus: excellent interior and exterior. 4/5 engine Minus: not so good multimedia system -sometime navigation in menus is odd."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Grajjie on Friday, May 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "large trunk, unique style, sporty"
Cons: "practicality, fuel economy, cost"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car perfectly combines a sporty and fun driving experience as well as a comfortable and luxurious ride. The VR6 model with 4Motion I purchased is excellent in snow and has ample amounts of power. The sleek styling makes this the perfect choice for anyone debating on purchasing a coupe or a sedan. The car has the look of a 2 door coupe but has the practicality of a 4 door sedan. Interior is also very high quality and features premium material. The dash and the areas on the doors are soft padded material with leather seats and steering wheel. The trunk, although low in height, is very deep. Rear leg room is also good but headroom as well as getting in and out of the back seat can be an issue for people 6' or taller. Overall, even with the high cost as well as higher fuel costs, this is an excellent car for people looking for a unique, stylish, luxurious, and powerful sedan."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Mike on Saturday, May 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, convenience and economy."
Cons: "Turbo charged but not a V6...could use more power"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"VW has done a terrific job on the design of the CC Lux. It's comfortable, has all the creature features, bells and whistles and gets great gas mileage to boot. Typical mileage on road trips exceeds 33 mpg. Would I buy another CC? Yes."