The 2013 Volkswagen CC earns an average Total Car Score for the Midsize Sedans & Wagons segment.
Despite the fact that its "four-door coupe" label is an oxymoron, the CC sedan has a lot to recommend it. The CC earns high marks for both style and comfort -- style that has been enhanced by a freshening of the front and rear sheetmetal for 2013. On the inside, the CC’s top-quality materials and desirable standard features combine to create a space that rivals many more expensive models. Adding an actual center position to the rear seat has now transformed this into a true five-passenger sedan, thus eliminating one of the principal criticisms often voiced about the outgoing model. Above-average handling and a pair of plucky engines also make it surprisingly fun to drive.
The rear seats still have a couple of minor shortcomings, however. Headroom is limited, and the new center seating position is really only useful in a pinch. The trunk is also on the small side, though the split-folding rear seatbacks do give the CC some added cargo-carrying flexibility.
In addition to the new styling, the 2013 Volkswagen CC has been updated with standard xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and a new R-Line trim level. With that in mind, it's unlikely we'll see an all-new model for at least a couple of years.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC is a midsize sedan with seating for five passengers. It's offered in six different models: the 2.0T Sport, 2.0T Sport Plus, 2.0T R-Line, 2.0T Lux, VR6 Lux and VR6 4Motion Executive.
Power for all 2.0T models comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. It can be joined to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, both driving the front wheels. VR6 variants get a 3.6-liter V6 engine that sends 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque to either the front or all four wheels via a six-speed automatic.
Even the entry-level 2.0T model is well-equipped with a long list of standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated power front seats, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio system with a six-disc CD changer. The Sport Plus adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen navigation system and the DSG automatic transmission. The 2.0T R-Line gets sportier bodywork, smoke-colored taillights and a choice of the six-speed manual or DSG automatic. The 2.0T Lux adds distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels and interior trim plus a power sunroof and ambient lighting.
The VR6 Lux gets the V6 engine and a few nice-to-have extras including leather upholstery, a memory feature for the driver's seat and outside mirror settings, a rearview camera and a navigation system with a larger touchscreen. The VR6 4Motion Executive adds all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission, ventilated front seats with massage, front and rear parking sensors, a power rear window sunshade and a premium Dynaudio sound system.
EPA fuel economy estimates for 2.0T versions of the 2013 Volkswagen CC are 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the manual transmission and 22/31/25 with the automatic. Front-wheel drive VR6 models are rated at 17/27/21, while the all-wheel drive versions come in at 17/25/20.
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