2012 Volkswagen CC Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Volkswagen's made some sacrifices in converting the German-market Passat sedan into the global coupe-like CC four-door.

The CC's unusual seating arrangement is a first clue. It's a four-seater, with a pair of buckets in front and another pair in back--the rear center spot given up in the name of fashion and luxury. In front, the buckets themselves are comfortable, but the seating position is low, and headroom is scant, so moving the seats up isn't always a choice. In back, there's a thickly upholstered armrest and two cupholders for the passengers, in the space normally reserved for an unlucky fifth wheel. Here too, head room is tight, but leg room is acceptable. The CC's trunk is very large, and the rear seatbacks flip forward to expand cargo space when needed.

The VW CC feels like a luxury car, but the seats are low.
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.

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