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2013 Volkswagen CC

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2013 Volkswagen CC Review

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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.

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
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.

2013 Volkswagen CC Details
2013 Volkswagen CC 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

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)

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2013 Volkswagen CC Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 180 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

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By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Style, comfort, reliability, drivability, economy"

Cons: "Small rear view mirrors, weak rear window defogger"

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

"I've owned this 2012 CC since it was new in March of 2011. In that time I have had NOTHING go wrong with the car with the exception of one spark plug mounted coil. I have a couple of niggling complaints that stem from me being to tall to get in and out of the car comfortably, but that's hardly the car's fault. It's comfortable, fast, safe and reliable. I would rather the rear window defogger was a little more powerful and VW stereo systems always seem to be a few years behind, but those are minor issues. And I get 32 mpg averaging 68 mph on freeway trips."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

STAY AWAY

By on Sunday, June 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive."

Cons: "IT BREAKS CONSTANTLY!"

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

"I have owned my cc for 3 years and I have put over 20k into it for repairs. Once, one thing goes wrong everything does. The tires no matter what brand make horrible horrible sounds. My entire engine had to be replaced because of a automaker defect. It took over 2 months to get it back because the mess of getting almost new engine that has no problems is almost impossible. Also $100+ in an oil change is stupid! My a/c has gone out, my rear view mirror has fallen down and the paint on the shifter has started to chip. My car has a total of 12 recalls on it and the value of it since the VW scandal has dropped horribly. This is by far the worst purchase car wise I have ever made. I have owned fords, chevys and jeeps that never gave me this much issue. Take my advise and stay away from VW."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Fun, sporty, luxury limited edition VW CC

By on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, extended warranty, sporty and luxury"

Cons: "bucket seats in the back and front"

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

luxury sedan all decked out

"This candy white 2012 Volkswagen CC is like new with just over 50 thousand miles. It drives better than it did when I first bought it back in November. It has all the bells and whistles that are possible for this type of vehicle with black leatherette seating, wood-grained dashboard, sunroof, tinted windows, the fastest car on the road. It even comes with a warranty that transfers with the car that covers any repairs up to 100k miles. It has never had an issue, it runs like new."

luxury sedan all decked out

4 door sports car

By on Thursday, May 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Fun car to drive. Luxury everywhere"

Cons: "ergonomics"

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

"This 4 cylinder 2.0 Turbo drives like a sports car with a V8 under the hood. Everything about this car says "luxury". My only complaint involves ergonomics. It is somewhat difficult to get in and out of without a can opener. If I was 20 years younger, that might not be a problem. Overall...a fun car to drive"

Really comfortable but difficult to drive

By on Sunday, March 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fast, comfortable"

Cons: "hard to drive, touchy acceleration, awful in snow"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I've been driving this car for 4 years now. I bought it new. When I test-drove the car, I remember complaining that the gas was touchy and it was difficult to know where the front and back bumpers were. I thought I'd get used to these things after driving it for a while, but I haven't. Pulling out and backing in to parking spaces is really difficult without a rear-view camera, because there's absolutely no knowing where the bumper is. And forget about parallel parking. Some other comments: PROS: (1) comfortable seats (2) good sound system (3) FAST! (4) bluetooth system and radio controls on steering wheel prevent distractions while driving. CONS: (1) awful in the snow! (2) touchy acceleration in the low gears (3) no rear-view camera (4) somewhat loud when driving (road-noise) (5) after about 40k miles, the interior startled rattling while driving. Really annoying! (6) eats through tires (7) takes premium gas (8) touchscreen console is obnoxiously slow (9) steering wheel doesn't move in/out, only up/down (10) super low ground clearance means I bottom-out on speed bumps. I'll also mention that my husband is 6'1" and the sleek profile makes it hard for him to get in and out of this car."

5 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Style and ride of Audi A-7 for 1/2 the price

By on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great styling, interior and ride quality."

Cons: "$600 service required for the DSG at 40,000 miles"

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

"I've owned this car for two years and 40,000 miles. No problems so far, other than a check engine light for not closing the gas cap tightly. Great driver and gas mileage. Love the look - it's different, and several clients have commented on the great styling. The valet at the Austin W hotel said he thought the tan on black interior and was much nicer than the much pricier German rides."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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