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2009 Volkswagen Passat CC Review
Hi! I’m Kelsey Mays for Cars.com and we’re here at the Detroit Auto Show with the 2009 Volkswagen Passat CC.
Volkswagen calls the Passat CC a four-door coupe. Mercedes tried to float that term a few years ago with the CLS, most consumers still know coupes have two doors. So we’re just going to call this an interesting looking sedan.
Now like its name suggests, the Passat CC is based on the Passat but it’s a little more upscale. You’ve got things like a little bit wider and longer frame, a little bit lower ride height and a ride that trimmed for a little bit sportier handling. There’s also chrome along the sides and along the window sills and much bigger wheels.
Inside, the sweeping roof actually delivers a little bit more interior room that you’d expect. This is definitely an upscale Volkswagen. You’ve got things like little chrome runners along the steering wheel controls and even the window buttons. You also got things like nice metallic surfaces along the center stack, this nice very well damped felt line storage trays above the navigation system and there’s still a lot of that Volkswagen visibility. There’s an arm rest like on other VW’s where it gets up so you can have it here if that’s the way you prefer to drive. We like that.
A couple of things that we’re not sold on yet. The quality of the leather seat is interesting. It’s got this sort of crosswise stitching. It’s almost a little bit too well cushioned. You may like it or hate it. Another thing is that the center controls are also different for Volkswagen. A lot of the buttons still wiggle around a lot more than you’d like especially on a luxury car like this.
Now in the car with a swooping roofline like this often sacrifices the headroom and in fact, you have to duck in a little bit to get in. Once you’re in, I’ve got enough room up here and I can actually lean back and be comfortable. A couple of other things that we love is the center passenger here. It comes all the way open and it’s just absolutely huge. You could probably fit two or three pairs of skis through there. And if you need more in the center seats, seats actually fold down in a traditional 60:40 split, again, not something you’d find in a lot of luxury cars. It’s something that we like, very nice.
Now, when the Passat CC comes out this fall, we’ll probably cut somewhere between $25,000 and $30,000 and maybe go up well beyond $40,000. Obviously, we haven’t driven it yet but we’re very entertained by the regular Passat so we like this car’s chances.