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2013 Volkswagen CC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Volkswagen CC was new.


Interior: 7.6

Reviewers are unanimous in saying that the cabin of the 2013 Volkswagen CC is filled with premium materials and that the build quality is superb. Many say the quality of the CC’s interior is comparable to that of luxury automotive brands.

  • "From the base Sport model to the top-of-the-line Executive trim, the … Volkswagen CC shows off the luxury amenities and workmanship normally associated with premium luxury brands." -- Edmunds
  • "As expected from a VW Group product (a few newer miscues aside), everything feels high quality and most primary controls are intuitive." -- Autoblog
  • "From the flagship VR6 4Motion Executive to the entry-level 2.0T Sport trim, every 2013 Volkswagen CC boasts high-quality interior materials and an elegantly crafted layout." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Padded surfaces abound. Top-quality materials create an attractive, comfortable, well-made cabin. The Sport and Lux's 'leatherette' vinyl seats and faux-metal plastic trim are credible imitations and still feel class-appropriate." -- Consumer Guide


One of the most notable changes the CC received for 2013 is the addition of a middle rear seat. Leatherette seating material and heated front seats are standard, while leather seats, ventilated front seats and a massaging driver seat are available on higher trim levels. Auto critics like that the CC can now seat five, though they say the back seat is still cramped and the new middle rear seat is best left to kids. Most agree that the sloping roofline cuts into headroom, and legroom is a bit tight. One reviewer is impressed with the quality of the leatherette seat material, saying it feels and looks better than the real leather in some rivals.

  • "The new fifth passenger seating position is good in a pinch, but adults (and kids, quite frankly) won't want to occupy it for a roadtrip. Don't buy a CC for its interior room." -- Autoblog
  • "The biggest difference in the 2013 CC's cabin is the new seating layout, which should make the car more attractive to families, especially those with kids in child-safety seats who prefer to install them in the middle of the backseat - something that wasn't possible in the prior CC." -- Cars.com
  • "The vinyl-leatherette surfaces are not only convincing but also look and feel better than some of the genuine leather found in other cars." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear footwells are tight, and the sloping, tapered greenhouse severely crimps head- and shoulder room. Occupants quickly will become acquainted with each other." -- Car and Driver
  • "The front seats are supremely comfortable thanks to their standard 12-way power adjustability with 4-way power lumbar support and headrests that adjust fore-and-aft." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2013 VW CC comes standard with Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker touch-screen audio system, an auxiliary audio input, iPod connectivity, satellite radio and HD Radio. The CC can be equipped with features like navigation, a rearview camera and a 10-speaker Dynaudio premium sound system. Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System is also standard on the CC, and activates after a collision where the airbags deploy or seat belt pretensioners activate. It automatically unlocks the doors, turns the hazard lights on and cuts off the fuel pump’s power.

The majority of test drivers think the VW CC’s controls are straightforward, and many like the big buttons, which they say make operation simple. One reviewer is disappointed with the available navigation system, saying it is dated, low-quality and doesn’t let you zoom out to view a larger area on the map.

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  • "All the controls are well-placed and have a premium feel to them." -- Car and Driver
  • "The navigation system feels cheap and outdated even when compared to today's handheld units, and it doesn't allow the user to see 'the big picture' (it cannot be zoomed all the way out)." -- Autoblog
  • "Despite its compact display, the standard multimedia system features an intuitive interface with uncluttered graphics and large buttons for simple operation." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Climate dials are reasonably large, clear, and simple to operate. The touchscreen works well but could be set higher for easier reading. The display can wash out when wearing polarized sunglasses. The navigation system absorbs some audio functions, but doesn't overly complicate them." -- Consumer Guide


The Volkswagen CC has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Reviewers say the CC’s small trunk opening makes loading big items difficult.

  • "While stylish, the CC's swept roofline compromises rear seat headroom while the trunklid's sloped design hinders luggage space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The split-folding rear seats feature a center pass-through to add to the 13 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit small for a midsize sedan. As a result, a golf bag will need to lie diagonally within the trunk, limiting the ability to accommodate additional luggage." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk's load height is low enough for easy loading, but the opening is small and its hinges intrude into the cargo space. For more cargo room, the 60/40 rear seat folds almost flat with ease." -- Consumer Guide

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