The CC is an oddball in the Volkswagen lineup, pricing substantially above the Passat sedan but sized slightly smaller.

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This grille is a generation behind Volkswagen's current corporate styling. The R-Line CC adds a more aggressive fascia below the bumper.

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As a four-door sedan, the CC makes for a good commuter car and errand-runner.

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Volkswagen fits the CC R-Line with this 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 200 horsepower. A V-6 is available at a higher trim.

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Where the CC really stands out is its styling, the graceful roofline extending back toward the trunk lid.

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Even though the roof has an almost fastback design, the rear seat is comfortable.

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The front-wheel-drive CC features a comfortable ride, but lacks the sporting character the R-Line badge might suggest.

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At 13.2 cubic feet, the trunk lacks the carrying capacity of many midsize sedans, although this vehicle is technically rated as a compact.

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The seats have minor bolstering and power adjustment on both sides in front, but no memory function.

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Leg room is good in the rear seats.

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The cabin design is simple and clean, but the materials don't feel up to the price tag.

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Electric power steering is tuned very light, although it firms up at speed.

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The instrument cluster also shows a clean, watchlike design.

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Voice command in the CC R-Line only controls the phone and allows music pause and skip functions, but no navigation control.

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This six-peed manual lacks the precision of other European cars.

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Dual-zone climate control is nice as a standard feature, but the CC lacks heated or cooled seats.

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This infotainment system is Volkswagen's RNS 315 unit, offering basic navigation, phone and audio functions.

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The semi-circular menu design is easy to use, with fast response.

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The hands-free phone system includes phone book syncing.

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Audio sources include Bluetooth audio, satellite radio and Volkswagen's proprietary connecter in the console, which requires an adapter cable for USB or iOS devices.

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Presets are available on the semicircular menu.

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Satellite radio channels can be browsed by category, making it quicker to find a station.

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Volkswagen includes an SD card slot, letting you keep a library of MP3 tracks in the car.

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