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2014 Volkswagen CC Walk Around

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

Volkswagen designers emphasized horizontal lines, as well as harmony between the headlights and grille.

Bi-xenon headlights use integrated LED Daytime Running Lights. Also standard is the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), which turns the headlamps up to 15 degrees for visibility around corners. 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. The new R-Line edition features performance-oriented styling, led by a more aggressive front bumper.

Interior

From the driver's seat, the cabin of the Volkswagen CC feels like a luxury sports car. The windshield is steeply raked, the doorsill is high and the seat is 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. An analog clock carries over from the previous CC.

According to Volkswagen, one of the biggest reasons shoppers avoided purchasing the original CC was because it could only accommodate two passengers in back. For 2013, the rear middle location was made into a cushion, which 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 comfortable fifth passenger. On the plus side, they get a decent, though 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 a 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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