Smart style, great performer.
Inside the new CC looks pretty much identical to the old one; and so VW have gone with the age old American custom of ‘don’t fix what ain’t broke.’
Starting with the two-tone dark beige and black leather bucket seats, the interior is very roomy, with decent headroom, even in the back. Of course, that’s not to say that things haven’t been changed at all.
There are some minor tweaks in the center console area, and all for the better. The first thing you’ll notice is the DSG gearbox, which is identical to every current VW with this dual-clutch gear. The Start/Stop button is in the bottom left and the Parking Assist and Dynamic Chassis Control is on the top right of the gearbox.
The DCC adds a slight variation to the daily drive, with the Comfort mode being the most suitable for everyday use. Normal mode felt extremely unremarkable, while the Sports mode definitely tightened up the suspension a tad bit; enough to feel vibrations if there are any aberrations on the road’s surface and ever so slight lesser body roll on turns.
Moving up you’ll see the slightly different layout of the dual-zone climate control system and the main satnav infotainment system. The RNS 510 system is the same I have come to know and like over the past couple of Volkswagen I’ve test driven. As usual the layout of buttons and options is simple and easy to navigate, the touch sensitivity fairly responsive and the resolution fairly good.
Just above the screen and below the main dashboard is a strip of wood with a cool white analog clock inlaid in the middle. The overall feel inside the new CC is very luxurious, without feeling overly cushioned. It’s certainly not as high-end as the flagship Phaeton, but not as reserved as the regular Passat either. In its price range, you’d be very hard pressed to find a car with a more comfortable and pleasant interior than the new Volkswagen CC.