I have owned my silver-blue CC a mere six days and I am really enjoying it. It is beautiful, sexy, comfortable, technologically advanced, safe, quiet and roomy. I have described it as the "Forward Edg...
I have owned my silver-blue CC a mere six days and I am really enjoying it. It is beautiful, sexy, comfortable, technologically advanced, safe, quiet and roomy. I have described it as the "Forward Edge of New Wave of Sports Sedans" because I believe VW is making great efforts to create an environmentally-responsible, fuel efficient, economical sport sedan that meets the needs of the 21st century. Our world depends on cars driving ever lower on emissions and ever higher on fuel efficiency. And for some of us, we STILL want an exciting and stylish car to drive. (No thanks to a Prius; looks like what the old Soviet bloc might have produced had it made it past 1989 into the 21st-century.)
I have seen the CC described in online reviews as an "executive" car, which I think is appropriate: I am a 50 year old business consultant, and I don't want or need seating for 5 or pudgy styling of a Toyota Camry, etc. I want a sophisticated, economical, responsive sport sedan that makes travel a joy. The CC does that in spades. (And I love the back seat treatment of two buckets with the cool accordion-covered compartment!)
Prior sport sedans I have owned:
2000 Audi A6 2.7T
1987 Saab 900 Turbo
1991 Ford Taurus SHO
The driveline takes some getting used to, however, I'm starting to see the logic and potential in it. It is very cool the car can FLY and get GREAT gas mileage. The Turbo 4 coupled with the DSG transmission, some nice aerodynamics, and a lot of computerization make that possible. We're talking 23 mpg combined and well over 30 MPG on the highway. It's a very comfortable and stylish car and has awesome German controls and layout plus Audi-level fit and finish. (I used to have a 2000 A6 2.7T.) This is definitely a car that could be at the lower end of the Audi range; it certainly seems to benefit from the family ties. This 2010 model is the first year apparently with the 2.0T mated with DSG transmission. VW needs to work on smoothness of the S sport mode especially. Turbo engines have lots of lag inherently, and this are does a lot of jerky shifts -- especially in downshifting -- when in S mode. When accelerating rapidly onto a freeway, etc, this is less of a problem; you get a big blast of power that feels like a lot more than 200 hp in under the hood. Love that! The manual-shifting tiptronic I have not figured out completely. Not sure when is the best time to use that except in fast on-off throttle situations such as "squirting" around traffic or on tight roads. The regular M mode delivers very respectable fuel efficiency, and with the advanced engine management, you can cruise around in pretty high gears with out lugging that might have occurred in years past with less advanced engines. I am astonished at how far things have come in 10 years in this arena.
Overall, very satisfying drive, and my inner techno-geek is enjoying the challenge of how to understand and fully leverage the sophisticated early-stage advanced drivetrain. Will know more about reliability later.