2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2013 Volkswagen CC Debut

By Blake Z. Rong | November 14, 2011
What’s New The Cinderella to its—well, let’s not call them ugly—stepsisters, Volkswagen’s CC has been the form-over-function sybarite over the familiar Passat. But now that the latter gets the company’s chic three-bar razor grille, naturally the CC must follow suit. A facelift and angular, LED taillights are the biggest elements differentiating the new CC, which retains the curvaceous roofline that made it so popular (and so lacking in rear-seat headroom, but c’est la vie). Big news for the interior is that the CC now seats five, like a proper sedan, with a bench seat replacing the two sculpted buckets and center cup holders. And the addition of new standard equipment, such as bi-xenon headlights and an Adaptive Front Lighting System that can see around corners, is always welcome. Who It’s For Those who find the made-for-America Passat a little too proletarian can spring for the sleek wrapper of the CC, which packs in as much style and technological features into the people’s car without carting you off to the Audi dealership. Tick the options boxes right, and you can get a 3.6-liter VR6 engine producing 280 horsepower, 4MOTION AWD, or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission—which will certainly keep you and your three passengers entertained. Aye, therein’s the rub: the CC’s svelte roofline cuts down on headroom, and the car is strictly a four-seater. And with a price across the $30,000 range, it nudges up against a wide array of cars such as the 2012 Hyundai Genesis, 2012 Nissan Maxima, and the 2012 Buick Regal. But then again, why bring rationality into this when the CC looks this good? Key Features The 2013 Volkswagen CC improves a little, but still has enough to distinguish it from the less luxury-minded Passat:
  • New front and rear styling. The sharp headlights and chrome-tipped grille give the CC an aggressive look, and the LED taillights on the back are very trick.
  • Upscale interior. For 2012 the CC now features seating for five. The CC’s insides are a blend of soft materials, aluminum, and a gentle sprinkling of wood, all drawn together by copious amounts of carefully-stitched leather.
  • Standard features. As Volkswagen’s flagship the CC doesn’t disappoint, and the 2013 model gets bi-xenon headlights as standard, with the ability to swivel around corners while the car is turning.
What We Think The VW CC has been a surprising success, given what it is. A sleek roofline can go a long way, and with the sharper looks and more features of the 2013 CC, Volkswagen may have carved out its niche for those who want a solid, sophisticated highway machine that looks even better than it already has. And one of its biggest complaints, rear-seat room, gets fixed, so now even more people can roll in style.
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