2013 Volkswagen CC Safety

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Safety

The 2013 Volkswagen CC is based on the Passat family, yet it's different enough to warrant separate crash tests from the major agencies; and when this review had been posted, those results simply weren't available yet.

That said, the CC has a pretty good record for safety and has performed well in the past according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—and structurally, it hasn't changed for 2013.

The CC has a record for good safety ratings, and its feature set is sound.
Side and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes are all standard in the CC, and rear side bags, a feature not always offered in this class, are optional. For 2013, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps are a standard feature on all CC models.

The only safety-related gripe we've consistently had with the CC is that visibility is downright poor—nearly as much as in some low-slung sports cars—and the steeply raked windshield and backlight provide a rather narrow slit through which to view the world.

Front and rear parking aids are offered in the CC; unfortunately VW configures the CC so that you have to step all the way up to the top-of-the-line VR6 4Motion Executive model to get them.

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