The Volkswagen CC is a sedan for shoppers who want something with a bit more style and flair than your average rolling midsize appliance. Following Mercedes’ lead with its E-Class-based CLS “four-door coupe,” VW has taken its mainstream Passat sedan and, with a nip here and a tuck there, transformed its architecture into a sleeker and more sensual offering.
The current Volkswagen CC (the CC moniker stands for “Comfort Coupe”) is based on the previous-generation Passat. It owes its striking stance to dramatically redesigned sheet metal and a lower, sloped roof line. The suspension has also been tightened for sharper handling and the base engine is a torque-rich, fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder instead of the Passat’s unrefined iron-block five-cylinder. The CC boasts high-quality furnishings and, for its first four years, featured a more sculpted two-person backseat instead of the typical three-passenger arrangement. The result is a suave and sporty European sedan that our editors have deemed an excellent antidote to mainstream mediocrity.