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2016 Volkswagen CC Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Volkswagen CC was new.


Interior: 7.7

The 2016 Volkswagen CC's cabin includes high-end materials, sophisticated styling and top-notch build quality, reviewers agree. They also appreciate its straightforward dashboard controls and say its updated infotainment system is responsive. Auto writers think the VW CC's front seats are roomy and supportive, but they wish there were more back-seat headroom.

  • "The CC's interior offers pleasing upholstery and excellent build quality. The new-for-2016 infotainment system, which promises to be larger and faster, helps add a modern touch." -- Edmunds
  • "Soft-touch materials abound, fit and finish is excellent and the overall design is intuitive, flowing and polished." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Even if the CC is filled to capacity, all passengers will appreciate the high-end cabin tastefully appointed in attractive color palettes -- our favorite is the desert beige/black two-tone, although the all-black interior is quite appealing, too." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "Padded surfaces abound. Top-quality materials create an attractive, comfortable, well-made cabin." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The VW CC has seating for five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, a massaging driver’s seat, ventilated front seats and a power rear-window sunshade are available. According to reviewers, the Volkswagen CC's front seats are supportive and have lots of head- and legroom. The back seats have good legroom, reviewers say, but headroom is compromised by the sloping roofline.

  • "The firm and supportive standard front seats provide the same power adjustments on both sides, a refreshing departure from the common practice of giving the passenger fewer toys. In the back, headroom is limited due to the CC's sleek roof line, but legroom is surprisingly ample." -- Edmunds
  • "In the front seats, legroom and headroom are plentiful, and features like heated and cooled massaging seats, power sunshade and panoramic sunroof give the cabin a feeling of elegance and comfort. However, for taller people, the back seat has less room to offer, as the swooping roofline cuts in on rear-seat headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The sloping roofline makes the 2014 Volkswagen CC a four-door ‘coupe’ in the vein of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and restricts rear-seat headroom." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Volkswagen CC include a touch-screen infotainment system, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, VW's Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration, and a rearview camera.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded touch-screen infotainment system with navigation, a 10-speaker Dynaudio premium sound system, proximity key, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

Reviewers agree that the Volkswagen CC's interior controls are simple and easy to operate. A few test drivers are pleased with the VW CC's updated infotainment system, noting its quicker response, bigger screen and improved smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Still, a few critics mention that the CC's interior might seem sparse when compared with rivals that offer the latest technology.

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  • "A new infotainment system called MIB II boasts faster operation, a larger screen and better integration with smartphones through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But while the primary controls and gauges are perfectly functional on their own merits, they might seem a little too minimalist if you compare the CC to newer models fitted with the latest hardware." -- Edmunds
  • "All the controls are well-placed and have a premium feel to them." -- Car and Driver (2013)


The 2016 Volkswagen CC has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is just a bit below average for the class. Some reviewers like the CC's low load floor, but some say the trunk’s sloped lid cuts into cargo room. The CC has 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a pass-through for long items. A hands-free trunk feature that allows you to open the trunk by waving your foot under the bumper is available.

  • "The CC's trunk measures a rather modest 13.2 cubic feet, and its pinched shape may complicate the loading of larger items. On the bright side, the rear seatbacks fold flat to increase cargo capacity, and there's also a pass-through for skis and such behind the rear center armrest." -- Edmunds
  • "While stylish, the CC's … trunklid's sloped design hinders luggage space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The trunk's load height is low enough for easy loading, but the opening is small and its hinges intrude into the cargo space." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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