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now-standard bi-xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (the beams swivel up to 15 degrees through a corner)
A sporty R-Line model will reappear later in the year and will feature a more-aggressive steering wheel and exterior highlights, along with unique 18s and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
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reasonable value proposition
The car also has voice command, but it controls neither the stereo nor the navigation system. Voice command only covers the CC's Bluetooth phone system, which is the most advanced cabin tech feature in the car.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC would be an impressive car if it were priced in the mid-20s. At $35,000, its sparse cabin tech does not measure up with the competition.
In addition to a somewhat refreshed look, the Volkswagen CC gets a few more standard items for 2013; prices have risen accordingly, with the CC range now stretching from $30,250 to $41,410 and including Sport, Sport Plus, Lux, and Executive models. Sport and Sport Plus are only offered in four-cylinder guise, while Lux models come with the VR6 and front-wheel drive while the Executive upgrades to 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; power front seats; and heated front seats are standard on all 2013 VW CC models. Overall, that's a feature set that isn't especially lavish--especially for a vehicle that starts over $30,000. A VW-Tex vinyl ("leatherette" is the word, we believe) is now the base upholstery in the CC, while true leather is reserved for top-of-the-line VR6 Lux and VR6 Executive 4Motion models. Bluetooth is standard on all CC sedans, as is a stereo with USB and auxiliary ports.
Dual-zone climate control is included in the Lux, as is ambient lighting lighting and dark brushed-aluminum trim, plus a panoramic sunroof. VR6 Lux models add navigation, a headlight washer system, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, and memory seat and mirrror settings.
Executive models command a price much, much higher ($42,240), in part because they bundle in many more features and feel up to the part of a luxury car. Ventilated front seats with massage; Park Distance Control; front and rear proximity sensors; Dynaudio premium sound; and a power rear sunshade are among the Executive extras.
You still have to get the VR6 engine if you want some luxury items--or even leather seats.