Volkswagen's CC might be getting old, but it's surprisingly quick and it's rather attractive
It’s now bowing out for 2017 with a final model, and although it looks like there may be a replacement model in the pipeline, it’s now-or-never if you want the current-gen CC.
Never a huge seller, the CC is now restricted to a single upper-level trim line, dubbed the Wolfsburg Edition, at $41,990. The sole available option, not included on my tester, is an R-Line Package that adds a panoramic sunroof, sports steering wheel, unique bumpers, and side skirts, and gloss black or aluminum trim items for an additional $3,690.
The exterior styling is the main draw. Inside, the cabin’s simple design and ample use of hard-touch surfaces mean it’s a little underwhelming for a car that sits north of $40,000. The brushed-aluminum accents look good on their own, but they need more than the wide expanse of plain plastic around them to set them off. A strip of plastic panels highlighted with chrome bars to the right of the gearshift lever is supposed to give the console some flair but instead looks too much like a row of blank buttons for various options that weren’t ordered.
Those accustomed to cushy seats may initially be disappointed with the CC’s firm ones, but don’t write them off just yet. They’re supportive rather than soft, and I find seats like this reduce the back strain that I often get after an hour or so in a less-supportive chair. The rear seats are equally comfortable and legroom is good in both the front and back seats, although the sloping roofline reduces rear headroom.
The CC’s list of features includes a sport-tuned suspension, but don’t expect a visceral canyon-carver. Instead, it’s a near-perfect balance of tight handling with a ride that’s smooth and pliable, but never too-soft or wobbly. Road noise and bumps are soaked up long before they make their way into the quiet cabin. It’s mid-level luxury done right, including the communicative steering feedback, linear acceleration, and barely noticeable transmission shifts. Should you want a bit more engagement, there are paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
However, if it’s the styling that primarily moves you, the similarly swoopy Audi A7starts at $75,950 while getting into the Mercedes CLS 550 begins at $93,500. No reason why you can’t look good on a bit of a budget, at least in comparison.
The CC costs more than a Passat and isn’t quite as practical, at least if you’re going to be stuffing tall people into the rear seats. But it looks fantastic, it’s a decent performer and its low volumes give you that little whiff of exclusivity. Hey, if you’ve got it, might as well flaunt it.