The seats, steering wheel, instruments and many of the controls differ between the Passat saloon and the CC. Even the instrument backlighting is in a different colour, while some features have been handed down from VW's luxury saloon – the Phaeton – to make the CC feel different to the Passat. You have a lower, more sporty driving position, but the sound fundamentals of the Passat have not been thrown away. As expected in a coupe, though, there are the usual issues of visibility front and rear.
Volkswagen Passat CC Saloon space & practicality
The CC is 50mm lower than a Passat saloon and has a coupe-like roof. Those two factors influence who can sit comfortably in the back, because it’s a wee bit short on headroom. Otherwise, it's spacious for four (there are only two individual seats in the back), with a large boot that can be extended by lowering the rear seats.
Volkswagen Passat CC Saloon equipment
The CC is available in standard and GT guises, and both are well equipped. Sports suspension, dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen, six-disc CD player and electrically adjustable sports seats are on both versions; and to that the GT adds the electronic shock absorber control, 18- instead of 17-inch alloys, aluminium interior finish and tinted windows for a premium of around £1000.