I was nervous getting this car because of the reviews that I had read. While it seemed like a value, I was worried that the beautiful fit and finish would not last. But I decided that VW had earned my...
I was nervous getting this car because of the reviews that I had read. While it seemed like a value, I was worried that the beautiful fit and finish would not last. But I decided that VW had earned my patronage, and that the price was low enough that I could take a risk (0% financing made it easy).
Previously, I had owned a 2000 Jetta GLS, "Atlantic Blue" with tan leather. I loved that car. I put over 250,000 miles on it, and never even had to replace the clutch! It was a dream to own, and even after 10 years I still felt like I was driving a fancier car than I paid for.
Enter the CC. It definitely has wow appeal beyond its sticker price. I happened to catch my dealership during a 0% financing promotion, and purchased a Reflex Silver CC Sport R-Line. I did not necessarily want the 18" wheels and Ground Effects that came with that package, but with some negotiation the dealer and I were able to make it financially neutral in the purchase (the sticker price was 32k, I ended up paying 28k which was my original high-end target limit).
This car has a significantly different feel to it from other VW products. No other VW I have driven has given me such responsiveness while accelerating and braking. The suspension keeps you completely aware of the road surface without causing too much noise or bumpiness. Handling takes only a couple of curves to get used to (the steering is sensitive to speed). Once you take a couple of turns, you find yourself testing the distribution of weight, and gaining confidence.
Gadgets are another story. There is a media connector in the glove compartment that, in my CC, has an iPod connection cable (a very short one). There is also a compartment to shove your iPod, or as in my case, your iPhone into. This connectivity should definitely not be in the glove compartment, it should be in the console under the armrest. VW chose the armrest to put the "aux" jack into, so I am not sure how they arrived at the glove compartment as a logical choice to house your media player. Perhaps there's a reason for the tradeoff (German distaste for iPods and the like maybe?). Bluetooth is another sore point for me. While the excellent touchscreen audio system includes a menu selection for bluetooth audio, it is not selectable. I have read that the particular head unit that I have does not include an A2DP profile (Stereo Bluetooth), so I cannot "pair" my iPhone with the car stereo for the purpose of playing audio. This limits me to the aforementioned iPod connector in the glovebox scenario. I also have plenty of gripes about the usability of the steering-wheel mounted navigation buttons, but I will not go into that.
Gadget quirks aside, the car is pleasant to drive and operate, it is FAST, and heads turn to look at it every day, and everywhere you go. If this thing is nearly as reliable, with it's 2.0 Turbo with 6 speed DSG Transmission, as my 2000 Jetta was, my next car will likely be a VW as well!