Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The interior is similar to other Passat models, but the unique steering wheel and sporty seats help mark it out as something a little different. Like all Volkswagen models the build quality and finish are top class and the materials used have an upmarket feel to them. The climate control is easy to use with straightforward dials while the stereo is operated through a slick touchscreen which also displays the satellite navigation if fitted.

The driving position is excellent and there's plenty of adjustment in both the seat and steering column while the seats themselves offer impressive support - ideal for long journeys. An electric parking brake comes as standard which not only adds to the sophisticated feel but also frees up space on the centre console.

With most of the extra length and width devoted to improving interior space, the CC has the stretching space to be comfortable transport over long distances. Shoulder room and legroom are more generous and the benefits are particularly noticeable in the rear, where separate seats make it clear that this Passat is strictly for four. The car’s unique design as a 2+2 with four doors and full-size rear seats means each passenger has maximum comfort.

Electrical adjustment comes as standard for the front seats and is optional in the rear, where the backrests are also specially shaped to provide plenty lateral support.