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November 20, 2013

Much to enjoy in VW's CC luxury sedan

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In repeated testing from zero to 60 miles per hour, the CC clocked in at 6.1 seconds, incredibly quick for a four-cylinder and equal to industry times for the V6 model.

Following criticism of its four-seat cabin in last year’s model, VW re-tooled its 2013 interior and says it will seat five. Well, sort of.

Picture four bucket seats inside a sedan with center console between each. That was the 2011 interior. Now picture two comfortable bucket seats up front with two recessed bucket seats connected with matching upholstery in the rear. The elevated center seating area is 10 inches wide compared with 20 inches for each outer seat. So much for the fifth seat.

A refined interior is driver friendly and has easy-to-reach controls for media, cabin atmosphere and engine vitals. This may be nit picking, but I sensed a certain amount of frustration with media and Bluetooth adjustments that seem intuitive on other cars and were clumsy on the VW. Perhaps a longer learning curve is needed.

The CC offers a refined and luxurious ride for the discerning driver. With good looks, performance and high fuel economy numbers, there is not much wrong with the CC.

Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at editor@ptd.net.

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