VW’s stylish snow bunny held more surprises for me.
When it was introduced at the 2008 Detroit auto show, I shrugged. The CC is an offshoot of the Passat after all (and it is sold as the Passat CC in other markets), a family car that in current form is a midpack player. And as yet another four-door trying to disguise its sedan roots under an arching coupelike roof — a ruse that Mercedes-Benz executes brilliantly with the CLS — the CC concept seemed to give off a whiff of a premium-label knockoff.
But there’s nothing I love more than a car that throws a 100-mile-an-hour strike past my own misconceptions.
Fortunately, the CC delivers handsomely on its promise of autobahn breeding. It’s the kind of car that shows VW at its best, a model that feels special compared with its Asian competition yet still costs less than an Audi, Benz or BMW. It’s a sweet spot in the market that VW had ceded in recent years.
Source: New York Times