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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Beautifully sculpted bucket seats are some of the finest in this price range
The back seat is a comfortable place to be
Fit and finish is top notch
In terms of styling, Volkswagen clearly targets its upscale German competitors with the 2009 Volkswagen CC. However, styling alone isn't enough to draw away the luxury-minded, and with that in mind, Volkswagen makes some significant improvements in terms of both passenger comfort and overall quality for the Volkswagen 2009 CC lineup. The results, according to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, are impressive.
Although Volkswagen bills the 2009 Volkswagen CC as a four-door coupe, the CC boasts more passenger space than you might expect on anything wearing the coupe badge. Up front, ConsumerGuide reports "generous headroom and legroom" for both the passenger and driver, while Road and Track adds that the seats were "very comfortable during our six hours or so of Interstate driving." Indeed, the front seats earn unanimous rave reviews, with Edmunds calling them "some of the finest in this price range, nicely enveloping their occupants without getting pinchy."
The rear seating arrangement also draws a surprising amount of praise, as coupes (even the four-door variety) aren't usually known for their copious rear passenger arrangement. MyRide.com notes total seating capacity is "just four counting the driver," thanks to the fact that "the rear-contoured seats are separated by a versatile center console" holding a variety of small items. Autoblog reviewers find "the back seat is a comfortable place to be," because "leg room is ample and, surprisingly, so was head room despite the low roofline." Car and Driver calls the two-front, two-back seating arrangement "a good compromise between style and practicality," and editors at TheCarConnection.com are inclined to agree.
Speaking of practicality, the 2009 Volkswagen CC offers quite a bit of it, due to what Autoblog calls its "voluminous trunk." Edmunds concurs, pointing out that the Volkswagen CC's "trunk is quite large, although most of its size comes from its depth." If you need more length out of the trunk, ConsumerGuide reports "the 60/40 rear seat folds almost flat with ease." Meanwhile, the interior offers ample opportunity to store small items, and Edmunds notes the availability of "a fair-size center console compartment, smallish door pockets, a center cupholder-bin area and two slide-out shelves located under the air vents."
One of the biggest concerns for Volkswagen when designing the Volkswagen CC was imparting the high-quality appearance that BMW and Mercedes are renowned for. The folks at VW should have nothing to worry about now that the Volkswagen 2009 CC is in production, as Edmunds raves that "materials quality is beyond reproach and certainly befitting a car wearing this price tag." MyRide.com also notices that "the interior fit and finish signal that VW took extra care in the execution of design," while ConsumerGuide is pleased to discover that "padded surfaces abound." All of the luxurious items come together quite well in the Volkswagen CC's cabin, a point made clear by Jalopnik reviewers, who attest that "the fit and finish is top notch," with "every button and lever...well-damped."
Ride quality tends toward the soft side in the 2009 Volkswagen CC. Edmunds offers the most clarity, pointing out that the CC boasts "a solid ride that swallows up bumps with well-damped confidence," but they warn that "those seeking a cushy luxury cruiser will probably find it too firm."
One of the most noticeable factors separating luxury vehicles from overachieving imitators is road noise, and in this regard, the Volkswagen CC earns its luxury stripes. Edmunds feels that "wind noise and road noise are kept nicely in check" from within the 2009 Volkswagen CC, and Road and Track goes so far as to call the cabin "whisper quiet." MyRide.com attributes the silent ride to "the unique design of the outside mirrors and the extensive attention to the window seals on the frameless doors."
The 2009 Volkswagen CC goes well above and beyond its price tag to offer a luxurious experience that leaves little to be desired.