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.