Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The interior quality is one of the highlights of this car. It feels robust and has a real premium feel to it. The soft plastics are a good quality while all the switches and buttons are easy to use and understand. There’s the usual cubbies placed around the cabin, with a good-sized glove compartment, door trays and a set of two useful bottle holders behind the gearstick.

The Volkswagen CC gets a number of additions to help with soundproofing. Sound-absorbing materials have been added to the front, rear and underneath of the car while the windscreen gets an acoustic film layer as standard. Acoustic side windows can also be specified up to 6mm thick. The result of this is that the petrol engines are barely audible, though you do get some of the diesel grumble infiltrating the cabin, especially if you put your foot down.

Wind and road noise are both minimal though. All models come with sports seats as standard, which offer excellent support. This means there should be few problems, even on longer trips. Lower back support is good, while the large side supports also mean you are well cosseted in tighter corners. There’s enough room for two adults in the back, though taller passengers could have trouble with headroom because of the sloping roofline, while the middle seat is best reserved for smaller children.