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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
The Volkswagen CC's low, wide stance and fast rear glass make it appear particularly coupe-like for a sedan--much of the reason why Volkswagen called it a four-door coupe when it first introduced the model. While the design continues to hold its own and acts as a more stylish counterpart to Volkswagen's conservative Passat mid-size sedan, it's no longer the daring standout among four-doors that it once was.
The CC's proportions hint 'rear-wheel-drive sport sedan' to some (and nod to more expensive examples of the four-door coupe breed, such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7), even though it's a front-driver. Frameless doors, like those on a true coupe, are among several details that still give this model some visual interest.
Volkswagen gave the CC a mid-cycle refresh for 2013, retaining the distinct profile but revising the look at both ends and adding LED lighting among other upscale touches. Other noteworthy changes then included a three-person back seat to replace the stylish but less practical two-seat setup from previous model years, and upgraded materials for the dash and cabin.
A designer cabin and sleek roofline put the Volkswagen CC on a higher plane than our current Passat.