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STYLING | 9 out of 10
dimensionally indistinguishable from the pre-refresh 2009-2012 cars, except the new kid on the block gains a back middle seat and a slightly more dignified look
mixes four-door sedan practicality together with a sleek European design
new three-bar chrome grille looks plucked straight from the Passat and gives the car a harder, chunkier mug
Car and Driver
sexed-up four-door based on a Passat chassis
Volkswagen calls the CC a four-door coupe, and if you stand back and see this model's profile in person, it's easy to understand why. With a roofline that's positioned a bit back compared to most sedans--in a slow arc--plus a rising beltline and sheetmetal that serves to emphasize the rear wheelwells, it has proportions that hint 'rear-wheel-drive sport sedan' to some (and nod to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7, among others), even though it's a front-driver.
Although Volkswagen has this year given the CC a mid-cycle refresh, changes are relatively minor, and unless you're a deep-rooted VW fan you might not notice some of the differences unless you park a 2013 CC up next to a 2012. Headlights are HIDs across the model line, and flanked by thin strips of LED running lamps. With a new grille and more fine detailing, VW has given the space between the headlamps more of a horizontal orientation, while a new lower intake design houses fog lamps within 'winglets.' We like the headlamp design, but we can't say the other changes are a big step forward--although they do fit in better with VW's other fully redesigned models like the Jetta and Passat.
From the side, there are some subtle changes--namely, a resculpted hood, which helps sharpen the look of the front end--while in back the rear lights also gets more of a horizontal look plus LED lamps. Overall, in our opinion the design looks timeless, with flowing lines, a low roofline, and frameless windows--not to mention a very succinctly styled rear end. The most serious objection we can find is that the CC has long overhangs--the distance from the wheels to the ends of the car--and even that only helps to elongate its body in a more sensual way.
Inside, the CC's design hasn't changed all that much for 2013--you'll still find nice contrast-stitching and contrasting upholstery themes that are far more like what you'll find in a luxury car than those in a base Passat or Jetta. VW has for 2013 replaced the old two-seat rear setup with a three-across bench--although it still has well articulated outboard positions.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC combines the profile of a coupe or sport sedan with a luxury-caliber cabin appearance.