2011 Volkswagen CC Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Take even a brief look at the rather odd seating arrangement and slightly cramped backseat, and it's abundantly clear that the Volkswagen CC is a vehicle that was designed for form over function.

Front seats in the CC are in themselves very comfortable, but there's an odd low position to them; you might raise the seat height, but when you do, there's not a lot of headroom to work with. There's only space for two in back, with the middle rear seat eschewed for a comfy armrest and built-in cup holders. Headroom in back is tight for taller occupants. On the other hand, the trunk is huge, and the split-folding back seat folds forward flat, and easily.

Seating misgivings aside, the CC feels far more lavish and expensive than the base versions' price of well under $30,000 would indicate. Materials and trims feel luxury-car-caliber, there's evidence of a lot of thought put into cubbies and bins, and the interior is serene. The leather upholstery of upper trims is nice, but we also like the somewhat grippy cloth of the base models. The ride in the Passat CC is generally smooth, but it's better on the lower trims; the upgraded wheels and tires tax the chassis and result in road noise and sharp kicks transmitted to the cabin on less than ideal roads.

Seating is a bit odd, but in most respects the CC offers a luxury-car experience.

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