The last time "Drive...He Said" photographed a sporty executive sedan next to equally sleek aircraft landing at an "undisclosed" Midwestern Aerodrome we were chastised that the license plate would be recorded for posterity. "Heck, buddy, this car belongs to the manufacturer's press fleet."
The next time out to the airport perimeter was in the 2013 Volkswagen CC executive saloon. Suffice it to say, this time we pulled off some nice images of this updated "four-door coupe" near landing paths and runways with thumbs-up approval of officials.
Why a refresh of a such a bold design in such short a time (after the 2010 launch)? How about some additions to the executive "four-door coupe" classification. The Buick Regal (especially in GS trim) and the Volvo S60 T5 are but two that come to mind.
Cosmetically the 2013 VW CC Sport gives up some Beetle oblique curvature, for more sharpness. As with a hung-over supermodel, photographs simply don't do the 2013 VW CC justice. It adopts a chiseled VW corporate front-chin. More substantial taillamps and a less subtle, better integrated trunk-lid spoiler have filtered out some of the "cuteness."
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- Being a mid-cycle update, the ubiquitous EA888 turbocharged TFSI 2.0-liter DOHC gas inline 4-cylinder remains the go-to mill in the 2013 VW CC. A water-to-air intercooled IHI turbo makes 13 psi of boost. The net result: 200 horsepower. Over 90% of the 207 lb-feet of torque is available at a mere 1700 rpm. Spin is routed to the front wheels via a Direct Shift Gearbox with six (6) forward speeds, that can actually blip the throttle.
Release the brake and there is a slight forward lurch as one clutch pack disengages first gear and another engages second. Step on the accelerator and power unfolds without any discernible turbo lag. Attaining 60 miles-per-hour in 7 seconds is rather feasible. Such a pale engine idle and exhaust note belies development by Audi. Direct injection returns a healthy 25 miles-per-each gallon of unleaded fuel in combined driving.
- The 2013 VW CC serves up linear steering movement without excessive heft. Still, about 60% of the VW CC's 3300 lbs. hang over the front-driven wheels. There is always the risk of oversteer plow when pushed too fast into corners. But now the front strut, rear multi-link suspension now is less prone to step out. Harsher impacts visit seat bottoms less frequently, though the ride is more firm than ginger. This despite an unchanged tire/wheel combo of 235/45 Continental ContiPro Contact all-seasons on attractive 17" alloys.
Four wheel disc brakes with brake force distribution impart more urgent initial grab than previously. While the front-drive VW CC Sport isn't quite ready to "wipe the rear" of Gingerman, it has its rewarding moments on the road. Are we allowed to proclaim "ein bischen Fahrvegnugen?"
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- Are you the driver that loathes excessive complexity of operation? Do you favor Bauhaus simplicity over Baroque plushness? Then there is much to like inside the Volkswagen CC.
Front seats are the porridge left by the Three Bears which Goldilocks found to be neither too hot, not too cold, but rather just about right. There's a magical comfort in the rippled seat cushions and backs. Bolstering is good without pinching hips. Headrests slide forward. In this level of executive sedan we can live with the manual steering wheel adjustment for tilt and reach. Convincing V-Tex leatherette is complemented by a rich, monotony-busting two-tone black-on-beige finish.
Just 18 hearty buttons on the 2013 VW CC's center stack do the same job as competitors' abacuses. The 6.5" touch media-tainment touch screen is our kind of simplicity, even if it lacks fancy telematics. Hands-free voice commands comprehended our dialect of English on the first pass.
A glovebox with fine mouse-fur has this secret compartment for stashing your I-device. Were we supposed to let that secret slip? Check out the four-frameless door windows which lower on exit then pop-up like a spastic attack on closing. Uniform and close gap panel fit permits granting a pass for quibbles with "simulated" matte metallic inlays and austere plastics below the knee.
This year Volkswagen has relented, now offering the U.S. spec CC with a middle rear seat position. If that's what you want to call a safety belt and LATCH child seat anchor provisions. The sloping roof allows a mere 36.5" scalp rubbing inches. "Head ducking " is a standard trait of any coupe, whether four or two-door.
For perspective our EPA classifies the VW CC as a compact-size car. Just like the Golf hatchback. Guess which has the better rear seat accommodations? Alas, no "Rabbit" gets fine mouse fur and chrome cargo tie-down hardware in trunk. The split rear seat-back folds to expand upon 13 cubic feet of capacity.
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The 2013 Volkswagen CC now sits atop the brand's sedan heap on our shores. Greater contenting of the entry CC Sport trim makes it's $30,000 cost of admittance digestible. Our CC Sport tester lacked a moonroof, upgraded stereo, navigation, and leather and still stickered for $32,000. Yet it included LED DRLs, adaptive front bi-xenon lighting, and Climatronic control.
For bragging rights there is a more potent / portly 280 hp VR6 4-Motion model available for $41 grand. We'll take our "four-door coupe" plenty light and plenty lively.
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