Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg-based designers have triumphed with this car. It just looks so good from every angle – and it’s pretty good to drive as well.
The Volkswagen CC has flowing, sculpted lines, a long bonnet, narrow windows, beefy alloys and a high back end, which combine to make it look both classy and sporty. It has a roomy and well-appointed interior, and the 2.0 BlueMotion diesel-powered version which I drove handles effortlessly, with impressive performance.
In fact this coupe is pretty damn near perfect, and it sets new standards in the sector.
The exterior design has completely thrown off any staid images which bigger Volkswagens may have conjured up in the past. With a high boot, deep grille, sleek profile and Phaeton-style trim details it is far more distinctive. And you only have to get in the car to realise that on the inside the CC is all about understated refinement and quality.
That’s not to mention performance. The 177 bhp engine is gutsy and has all the power you need while being quiet and unfussed. It’s at its best when married to Volkswagen’s smooth six speed automatic gearbox, which has variable driving modes.
The refined and responsive engine –one of the best in its class for my money – lacks for nothing and delivers power pleasantly. This is an enjoyable car to drive, and fuel consumption of 54.3 mpg in mixed driving isn’t bad for a big car.
Handling is excellent and the car feels rigid and stable even when being pushed hard around corners. Road holding is sure footed and the ride is comfortable in the extreme..
Inside, the car is roomy and well laid out, with extremely comfortable, easy to adjust powered seats. There has been a lot of attention to detail, with automatic boot opening, well positioned grab handles, a centre driver’s armrest and controls which fall easily to hand, and an automatic park brake with hill-hold.
The boot is huge with class leading height and depth and a lid which opens fully upright to make loading easier.
Standard features includes very nice 18 inch alloys, ABS with electronic brake pressure distribution, traction control, leather upholstery, all-round airbags, cruise control, electronic climate control, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, adaptive halogen headlights with LED running lights, DAB radio and tyre pressure monitor. My test car was fitted with an up-rated touch screen satellite navigation system at an extra £1350, upgraded sound system with 10-channel digital amplifier at £875, park assist system with front and rear parking sensors and rear view camera (£515) and adaptive cruise control with distance control and emergency brake system (£725).
This is a thoughtfully put together package. It looks great and will give you comfortable and effortless business travelling. And at £31,950 on the road it is less expensive than some of its haughtier competitors.