• Jan 25, 2010
Volkswagen had a particular thing in mind when designing the Passat CC: a stylish four-seater. That is why the rear seats are recessed and separated by a cubby with a sliding plastic top.

Enough European buyers, however, asked for another seat in the back, so VW decided to give them one. Well, kind of. The company left leather in place of the cubby and added a headrest and a seat belt. And a €100 ($142 U.S.) charge. While it looks good, we can't imagine it feels good. So to all you fifth wheels out there who'll end up in the back of a CC, we wish you good luck.

It is not yet clear whether VWAG will offer American CC customers the bench, but we're looking into it. In the meantime, read VW's press release on the new option after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]

PRESS RELEASE

Volkswagen's Passat CC Now Offers Space for Five

Wolfsburg, Germany (Jan. 22, 2010) -- The Passat CC is making an elegant appearance on our roads with its coupé lines and sporty note. Effective now, the Passat CC – previously designed to carry four persons – is available with an optional new rear bench that turns it into a five-seater.

Volkswagen is adding this new product feature in response to requests by many customers to give the Passat CC even greater everyday utility by adding a seating position. The new rear bench fulfils all necessary safety aspects with its third head restraint and three-point seat belt at the centre position. In addition, the folding backrest is asymmetrically split, so that even larger objects can be transported effortlessly. The 3-seat rear bench system is available as an option for 100 euros.

The Passat CC has successfully established itself on the market, one and a half years after its launch. Nearly one out of five customers in Germany chose the four-door Comfort Coupé in 2009. This market share is not all that surprising, given the many technical innovations to choose from. For instance, Volkswagen offers extremely efficient common rail engines with BlueTDI technology on the Passat CC; today, they already conform to the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard with a multi-stage emissions control system that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 percent. Also providing a maximum of safety are optional assistance systems such as the active lane-keeping system "Lane Assist" and the dynamic chassis control "DCC".


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I dig that interior of CC, everyone should try seating in one. But, putting 3 people in the back sounds like a stretch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, I have a Jetta for along time, that backseat for long trips is only good for one that wants to sleep.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No different than the Jetta or Golf really, and actually doable vs, say, a mini. But for the long term? not so fun.
        • 4 Years Ago
        NA, I got a Mk4, I like them better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        MkV jetta? Odd. I've put three adults in the back of mine without issue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guido and Tony put you in the middle seat until you pay up. It won't take long, my friend, it won't take long.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Screw that extra seat... I would like to see VW of America offer more exciting interior leather color options! Something like that truffle colored leather in the picture above would rock and make the car look even more upscale.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh...I understand)))
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice car! Popele I can not understand this comment system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least there is spot for the child seat now. Lots of people put the child seat in the middle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Great spot for the child seat. But also a good spot for a small child but I can't imagine an adult being comfortable there.

        And that interior looks great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sat in one, here in US. It was just enough for 2 people at the back, and that is in width. If you are taller than 5, 5 - forget it, you have nothing to do at the back of a CC.

      I do not know why they put three-seat rear bench at the back. I am not big in the mid-section at all and it was just enough with two people at the back ... the height is the real problem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll ditto Andrew. No three in the back option is a deal breaker for me for the exact same reasons. I was actually going to go look at the CC as I need a new car pretty quick but if it'll only seat 2 in the back then it's getting crossed off the list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh.... amazing car)
      • 4 Years Ago
      So it's not the most comfortable seating position -- I doubt that matters. It gives you the option of carrying an additional passenger on those rare occasions when you need it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, it is for occasional use, not cross country trips. You use it when you want to take a bunch of guys to a ball game and don't want to pay to park twice, or take friends for work out to lunch, or pick up one of your kids friends at soccer practice. Instead of having to explain that, "yes, it is bigger than a Civic, but it only seats 4," you can take an extra person for those occasional 10-15 minutes trips.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm guessing they didn't include the 5th seatbelt so as not to tread too heavilly upon the Passats supposed domain. But it isn't the greatest idea, for if I owned a sedan and I needed to torture, or rather put a fifth person in the car for a short trip or whatever, I would want a place to put that person. I'm not sure what I would do with that little cubyhole.

      What I really want to know, though, is why can't we get the full range of trim options in the US. I really like that brown leather, but I don't think you can get it here. They already manufacture the cars that way, why not shlep them over here. With a Stick. And the full sunroof. Why?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Time to ditch the regular passat and just go with the CC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Part of the reason I bought a cc is because it only sat two in back. That and it looks like sex on wheels.
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