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Volkswagen CC saloon (2012-2017) - Interior & comfort

Volkswagen CC is quiet inside the cabin and the suspension is very comfortable

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.8 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.1 out of 5

As with all VWs, the Volkswagen CC's interior impresses. Although it’s a very well equipped car as standard, the higher you go up the trim levels, the more impressive it becomes. The CC’s ambient mood lighting and soft-touch materials give the impression that this car is from a class above.

Volkswagen CC dashboard

There’s no more perfect example of the CC’s elegance than the stylish analogue dashboard clock, which is sourced from the Volkswagen Phaeton luxury saloon (itself a rival to a Mercedes S-Class). The GT and R-Line models get brushed aluminium inserts in the dashboard, centre console and door panels as standard, which bring further class to the cabin. All the controls are logically laid out, while scrolling through the various options for the multifunction trip computer is equally straightforward.

Volkswagen CC equipment

Even the entry-level CC comes with touchscreen sat nav and Bluetooth phone connectivity, as well as a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and bright bi-xenon headlights. The next trim level – the CC GT – gets Napa leather seats (heated in the front), as well as cruise control and all-round parking sensors. Do remember that the CC GT is only available with the diesel engines, so although it’s priced roughly £3,500 more than the standard car, this includes the extra cost of the diesels.

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The next trim level – the CC GT Black edition – costs £575 more than the CC GT and brings extra style in the form of gloss-black wing mirrors, dashboard inserts, window surrounds and radiator grille.

The CC R-Line adds a sporty-looking bodykit for a similar cost, while also adding practical features like LED daytime running lights, upgraded bright xenon headlights and cornering lights. The top-spec CC R-Line Black Edition has all of the equipment from the CC GT, as well as a combination of the Black Edition’s style with the R-Line’s sporting pretensions.

Volkswagen CC options

As you’d expect from VW, the CC’s options list is extensive. If you end up ticking lots of boxes, then you might be better off going for one of the higher trim levels instead.

An optional reversing camera – not standard on any version – may be a sensible addition at £310. Some buyers may want the convenience of keyless entry and hands-free boot opening, though at £545 this is a relatively expensive option that some manufacturers fit as standard.

Drivers who cover a lot of motorway miles may want to consider adding adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance or VW’s ‘Side Scan’ blind-spot warning system – although all these safety features come at a cost.

While the CC can get expensive if ordered with a lot of optional extras, it’s a well made, comfortable and refined car whatever extra features you choose.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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