2013 Volkswagen CC Review

By on June 23, 2012
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Smart style, great performer.

Good: Updated interior feels great, smooth ride and unnoticeable gearshifts, the 2.0TFSI engine is adequately powerful for a comfortable drive and is also great on fuel consumption.
Bad: The new facelift isn't the best work VW has done, especially coming from the previous CC.
Price: AED 120,100
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

When originally launched 4 years ago, the Volkswagen CC (or Passat CC as it’s known in certain countries) was one of the most beautifully designed cars by the German marque at the time. The smooth curves, rounded lights and slim windows gave it a look befitting its ‘Comfort Coupé’ moniker.  Today I’ll be looking at the new 2013 facelift model to see how much the CC has changed.

The most immediately noticeable change are the lights, both front and back. The front fascia you’ll realize is more in line with what VW is releasing nowadays, bringing it in line with the rest of the company’s fleet. Like the Touareg and mostly Phaeton, the 2013 CC dumps the curved angular lights of the previous model and gets straight slopes with a big grill between the headlamps.

While we do get daytime running LEDs and elongated foglights up front, I’d say I much prefer the long chin and elegantly aggressive look of the previous CC. The new VW CC looks to corporate from the front, which rather goes against the coupé styling intended for it.

From the sides the body structure remains identical to the previous shape, with the door line arching upwards towards the rear end, and the windows getting smaller and smaller. The small boot lid has a slight curve at the end where the rear spoiler is molded, completing the coupé look of the CC. Of course, that’s not to forget the beautiful 18-inch spiral rims wrapped in Continental SportContact tires that give the CC a most sleek look from the sides.

On the rear end the taillights extend outwards a little, with the now typical VW (and Audi) red LED lines that glow dimly. This gives the rear end a somewhat boxy look, but it works just fine. Our tester 2.0-liter TFSI model comes with two rather measly looking tailpipes that tarnish the otherwise stately look of the CC.

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