Looking to spice up your company parking space? You have plenty of options from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen. Yes Volkswagen wants a piece of the upscale sedan segment with the CC, but is buying one a false economy?
There are two engines to choose from with the CC. Standard 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 200hp while the top of the range 3.6-liter six-cylinder produces 280hp. Pick of the bunch is a mere matter of taste. The standard 2-liter turbo four is our favorite. It's smooth, flexible and the more attractively priced form of the CC. The V6 is rather expensive and the performance doesn't really live up to the expectations of its more expensive rivals Audi and BMW. But you do get 4-motion all-wheel-drive standard which may appeal more to those who really need to extra traction in snow belt areas.
The CC feels right at home where most buyers will use them on the highway. The overall ride comfort is smooth and handling is safe and secure. The R-line offers the looks but falls short on the feel which matters the most. Steering feedback is a bit of a let down too. At least refinement is excellent thanks to low wind and road noise at highway speeds. Plus both engines sound smooth under heavy acceleration and relaxed speeds.
It's quite easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. The driver's seat offers plenty of adjustment and the steering also adjusts for reach and height. Most of the control layout is shared with the Passat which means it's pretty simple to navigate through. While front passengers will enjoy plenty of headroom, rear passengers may suffer a bit due to the slopping roofline. This will also take a toll on rearward visibility which is vastly reduced. But at least the boot offers decent space for a couple of golf bags.
2.0T Sport Trim offers Bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, 17 inch alloy wheels, rearview parking camera and heated front seats standard. 2.0T Executive includes hands-free easy open trunk, 18-inch alloy wheels and full leather seating surfaces. R-line 2.0T adds 12-way adjustable front comfort seats, automatic climate control and a sports suspension. Top of the range V6 Executive 4-motion offers front and rear parking sensors, keyless start system, massage feature for driver's seat.
The CC is a great option for those who don't want to pay the premium associated with the its rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes. It is classy in its own right and that's enough for buyers who want a nice step up from the Passat.
Likes: 2.0T engine is smooth and affordable. Standard kit is pretty decent too.
Dislikes: The V6 engine is the only way you can option for all-wheel-drive and its the most expensive CC of the range.