Review: After lunch one day last week, I walked into the parking
lot, sat in the car, and couldn't find where to put the key. The
Volkswagen CC I was driving had an unusual electronic key that inserts
into the dash, not the steering column.
Then I looked beside me
and saw a woman's purse in the passenger seat, which is when I realized
I wasn't in the Volkswagen at all. I was sitting in someone else's brand
That says a lot about
how far Volkswagen's cars have come. The silver CC, a swoopy, sexy
version of the Passat, looked so much like the silver Lexus GS sitting
next to it that I totally confused the two when I wasn't paying
attention. The Volkswagen was just that good.
This awkwardly named
CC, which stands for Comfort Coupe, isn't really a coupe at all. It just
looks the part, taking the rather mundane looking Passat and giving it a
lowered roofline and very sleek, Porsche-like rear end that makes it far
more stylish than an ordinary sedan. It has four doors but looks like it
should have two.
It feels like a luxury
car on the inside too. Volkswagen, along with its sister brand Audi,
continues its tradition of creating some of the most finely crafted
interiors in today's cars. Materials are all soft to the touch and feel
like they're assembled in one solid piece, without any wiggles or loose
You can get some
Lexus-like features in the CC too, including a navigation system with a
32 GB hard drive, a rearview camera and parking sensors that help you
squeeze into tight spots.
In the base form, with
a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 200 horsepower, the CC is
actually a bargain. Offering the sophistication and style of a German
luxury car, at a starting price of only $27,100.
But if you want V6
power, you'll have to pay more, a lot more. That version powered by
Volkswagen's 3.6-liter VR6 engine, which makes 280 horsepower costs
nearly $12,000 more than the four-cylinder car with a starting price of
$38,700. That puts it closer to the range of a true European luxury car,
but to be fair, it comes with an awful lot of standard equipment.
Interestingly, the CC
feels like the spiritual successor to the Phaeton, Volkswagen's
famously, wonderful luxury sedan that was an enormous failure for the
company. While it was one of the best luxury cars in the world, few
people bought it because they didn't want to spend such big bucks for a
car with a VW logo on the hood.
Still the Phaeton's
outstanding engineering, handling, cabin and quality seem to have
filtered down to the smaller Passat-based CC. If it means more people
will be confusing a Volkswagen for a Lexus, then that's a great thing.
What was tested?
The 2009 Volkswagen CC Luxury model with a base price of $32,350.
Options on the test car: Bluetooth with voice control for $275, the
technology package for $2,640 and the premium stereo package for an even
$1,000. The total MSRP as tested price is $36,265.
Why avoid it?
The VR6 version is awfully expensive, starting nearly $12,000 more than
the base CC.
Why buy it? It's
a German luxury car without the luxury price. It has very good
performance from its base engine and a gorgeous body.
The Bottom Line:
Volkswagen's CC is a prettier version of the Passat sedan. It still has
four doors but the roofline of a coupe. The interior design and the
quality of materials and construction are excellent, making it feel like
a true luxury car. The CC shows Volkswagen's luxury side plus this sleek
sedan has the sensuous lines of a sports coupe
By Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San
Review provided by Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net
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