2009 Volkswagen CC: Comfort Coupe or Cool Car?

Written by Kimatni D. Rawlins

It is real simple folks, VW has a new four-door, entry-level, sports sedan called the CC which they dub a four-door coupe. It’s not a coupe. A coupe has two doors. But for the record the CC stands for Comfort Coupe, at least when you’re sitting up front. The rear does feels like a coupe -- small. Whatever the case, the CC is the most refreshing product VW has had since the Phaeton. Of course there is the new Jetta diesel which qualifies for tax credits and the Routan minivan, but neither evokes passion as the CC does.

First introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the CC kicked off a buzz campaign. When it was shown in full form this past summer at Pebble Beach, that little buzz grew into full-blown attacks of inquisitiveness from showgoers including myself. The Gold Coast edition sported a body kit and 19” rims. What a beauty. Designed in-house by VW, the Gold Coast was only a tease and is not offered at the dealers. What is offered is a stylishly sleek silhouette with a Phaeton themed grille, twin pipes (VR6) and choice of a turbo 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder with 200-horsepower or the 3.6-liter VR6 with 280 horsepower. No diesel engine is in the plans right now. VW offers either a six-speed automatic with Tiptronic or a six-speed manual so you can control those turbo horses on your own. FWD or 4MOTION AWD format is available on the VR6 and only FWD on the 2.0-liter.

The CC’s exterior design is the attraction point but once you step inside you won’t be disappointed, unless you have to sit in the awfully small back seat. But if you are up front, the first thing you’ll notice is the impressive two-tone leather interior. Especially the tan and black combination. Sit down and enjoy the impressive headroom. Plug your iPod in the glove box, turn up the Dynaudio 10-speaker system and enjoy your tunes. Forgot the iPod? Insert an SD card with loaded music. No SD? Then tune into SIRIUS Satellite Radio and rock out to some Reggae or catch up on your team’s stats. Oh, did you get lost? Make a u-turn and notice that no street is to narrow as the CC has an amazing turn radius. When you do need to back up, then use the Multi-Media System’s display and reverse camera. Employ the navigation’s touch-screen letters to input your destination and move forward. We found our restaurant by entering the destination city plus the name of the location. Once you get there, utilize Park Distance Control to help you ease into your parking spot. Don’t worry about closing the sunroof because it doesn’t open. Bummer.

In terms of competition, BMW owns the market that VW wants to play in. But they will go after Camry and Accord while admitting that Passat and Jetta fans will probably move up market to the CC. VW should not also forget about the new Mazda6 which is a darling. In dealers now, the starting price for the CC ranges from $26,790 for the 2.0 manual Sport Package to $39,300 for the VR6 automatic with 4MOTION AWD (both excluding $690 destination charge).

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