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2013 Volkswagen CC Walk Around

The refreshed exterior for 2013 incorporates stronger Volkswagen styling cues, yet the Volkswagen CC still looks like an expensive European luxury car. The new front bumper, headlights, and radiator grille use cleaner lines and geometric shapes. As with the Passat, the CC also has an extra air intake beneath the bumper with foglights housed inside.

New headlights are bi-xenon and use integrated LED Daytime Running Lights. Also standard is the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), which turns the headlamps for visibility around corners.

The 2013 Volkswagen CC's rear bumper has increased in volume. New tail lamps and license plate lighting use LED bulbs.

From the side, the CC's C-pillar is wide but barely visible because it flows back, not down. Although it shares its underpinnings with the Passat, the CC is shorter, wider and lower. And the CC's roofline is sleek and swept back as if the car were racing into a 200-mph wind.

Interior

From the driver's seat, the cabin of the 2013 Volkswagen CC feels like a luxury sports car. The windshield is steeply raked, the doorsill is high and the seat is seat low. Visibility out front is good. It's not bad out the rear either, although the tall headrests don't help. Blind spots from the wide C-pillars are reduced by fixed triangular rear door windows behind the passengers' ears, which are close to the steeply sloping roofline.

The instrument panel feels far away, because it's not very vertical. The multitude of gauges look clean and are easy to read, and the layout of the center stack is not nearly as complicated as other German carmakers like to make it. The analog clock carries over for 2013.

According to Volkswagen, one of the biggest reasons shoppers avoided purchasing the CC was because it could only accommodate two passengers in back. For 2013, the rear middle location has been made into a cushion, which now allows the CC to seat five instead of four. That said, the slightly higher cushion, combined with the steeply raked roofline, means only children and petite, svelte adults make for a good fifth passenger. On the plus side, there's a decent but not sumptuous 37.3 inches of rear legroom.

The leatherette upholstery is soft and supple, and could almost pass for real leather. On cars equipped with two-toned leather interior, the execution is sporty, yet tasteful.

The trunk is on the smaller end of the class but usable. The CC offers 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space, slightly better than the Lexus IS but less than that offered by the Acura TSX (14 cubic feet) or Nissan Maxima (14.2). Behind the armrest is a pass-through hatch to the trunk for skis and such.

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