2013 Volkswagen CC Expert Review MSN Autos — Volkswagen 2013

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Bottom Line:


Now seats five

Loads of features


Anemic turbo engine

Cramped seating

Inconveniently buried cable

The Volkswagen CC is somewhat of an in the midsize sedan segment. It competes with entry-level cars such as the Acura TSX and IS 250, and also with segment stalwarts such as the Maxima and Toyota Avalon. And these, the CC strikes a balance upscale frugality and affordable offering loads of standard on most trims while competitively priced.

So it’s not that for the CC’s first redesign since it was introduced in VW plays it safe with the new CC, making few significant changes — new LED front bumper and grille, and a much-needed fifth seat. VW to refine its top sedan rather redefine it, and the result is a balance the old and new positives and negatives of the CC.


The 2013 CC comes in six trim beginning with the 2.0T with the Lighting Package starts at $30,965 and comes with 17-inch alloy rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED and bi-xenon adaptive headlights LED daytime running lights. interior creature comforts heated 12-way power seats, leatherette seating Titanium Silver interior and a touch-screen-based premium sound with eight speakers, a CD changer, iPod connectivity, HD and Bluetooth.

The next trim up, the 2.0T Plus that starts at is new to the CC lineup and adds 18-inch and a navigation system. The 2.0T gets 18-inch aluminum-alloy lower extended sport special R-Line door-sill and darkened taillights and is priced at The 2.0T Lux, with a price of $35,635, adds 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, interior trim, a power-tinted-glass and ambient lighting.

The VR6 Lux is another new CC for 2013, with a base of $38,110. It adds headlight with heated nozzles, a camera, a navigation system a larger touch screen, seating surfaces and memory seats and mirrors. Finally, the VR6 4Motion Executive, with a base price, adds drive, polished 18-inch wheels, Tiptronic paddle heated and ventilated front with a driver’s seat function, Park Distance with front and rear sensors, a Dynaudio premium system and a power rear

All versions include safety such as an energy-absorbing front front and side airbags for the and front passenger and side-curtain for front and rear passengers. stability control, electronic lock and engine braking are also all standard. Volkswagen’s Crash Response System off the fuel pump, unlocks the and switches on the hazard warning if the car is involved in certain types of

Under the hood

A reminder this is more of a refresh redesign: The 2013 CC sticks the tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbocharged, TSI 4-cylinder engine that 200 horsepower, and the 3.6-liter VR6 6-cylinder that generates 280 horsepower.

The models are all front-wheel drive and are with either a 6-speed or a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic that features two wet clutches are regulated via hydraulic pressure. The DSG allows the next-higher gear to be but to remain on standby until actually selected. Since the and closing actions of the two clutches VW claims it makes for smoother Cars with DSG can also be with the Tiptronic feature for gear selection.

When matched with the transmission, the 2.0T gets Protection Agency estimated economy ratings of 21 mpg city/32 mpg The VR6 engine is paired to a 6-speed transmission with Tiptronic driving either through the wheels on the VR6 Lux trim or all four on the VR6 Executive with 4Motion, is also equipped with shifters. Estimated EPA fuel for the front-wheel-drive VR6 Lux is 17/27 mpg, and for the VR6 it’s 17/25 mpg.


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The interior of 2013 best exemplifies the CC’s between a sensible midsize and an entry-level luxury sedan. The big is that a middle seating has been added in the rear, so the car now five instead of four. this makes the CC more with more cars in its when the center seat is it constricts the comfort of the two outer And while the CC’s sloping adds to the car’s stylish it also detracts from rear-seat headroom.

Up front, the hands rest on a leather-wrapped, steering wheel with for the car’s infotainment system. panel gauges are surrounded by trim throughout the CC Sport the CC 2.0T Lux and VR6 iterations get full-brushed or ebony trim. Overall, the feels a cut above many at this price.

On the road

Our test drive was in the CC Plus with the 2.0-liter direct-injected TSI 4-cylinder engine and the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission Tiptronic. The sticker price was including an $820 destination While our drive was short — than 50 miles over the of about two hours behind the — we got the chance to drive the CC Sport in a variety of conditions. This driving up and down coastal in Northern California, along streets, on the freeway and through canyon roads.

One thing stood out immediately: The engine was anemic when asked to extra power on steep Several times when we ran out of as the roadway narrowed, or as we wanted to a slow-moving truck while uphill, the engine strained to get us we wanted to go as fast as we wanted to be The automatic transmission shifted on cue to engine rpm, but it was nice to the Tiptronic as a backup to downshift on in the twisties.

Steering felt a bit numb we pushed the car hard on the canyon and we noticed a slight brake when we really put our foot in it. the ride was smooth and the interior was quiet whether we were down the freeway or cruising up a The front seats felt and comfortable for our short ride.

We the layout of the infotainment system and easy to use — once you get to the icon-based menu of the touch But accessing a proprietary iPod in the glove box to plug in a portable is a process; most automakers a simple dash or center USB port.

Right for you?

In a balance between style and between the sensuous and the sensible, the Volkswagen CC successfully occupies a spot in this sedan While it may fall slightly of the performance and finesse of some of its rivals, its price in most falls below theirs, On the other hand, it beats of the popular but more sedate in the segment in both price and

Is the 2013 Volkswagen CC right for It depends on your perspective and — and whether you want to straddle the and entry-level luxury sedan like the 2013 Volkswagen CC.

Newcomb has been writing automotive-related topics since His work has appeared in Consumers Road Track, Rolling Men’s Journal and many publications. His book, Car Audio for , is available from Wiley

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