IT’S sleek, low slung, without question one of the most elegantly stylish cars on the road – and the roof doesn’t come off.
While in many cases the name CC means coupe cabriolet that’s not the story with Volkswagen, for whom the initials actually mean Comfort Coupe.
Launched back in 2008 as the Passat CC, the model was originally a four-door, four-seater aimed at blending saloon practicality with coupe looks.
A mid-term revamp plus upgrade to five seats took the car to breakaway point, and its manufacturer’s decision to drop the Passat moniker and call it simply the Volkswagen CC.
Just a few months down the line the CC looks classier then ever – a car packed with performance while hanging on to a large slice of exclusivity.
The engine range of two petrol and two diesels comprise 1.8-litre TSI 160ps and 2.0-litre TSI 210ps petrol units and a 2.0-litre TDI common rail diesel with either 140 or 170ps.
Around 60 per cent of CCs sold in the UK feature the lower-powered oil-burner, which has a Diesel Particulate Filter to ensure it meets Euro 5 emissions legislation.
While six-speed manual transmission is the more popular, this model came with VW’s twin clutch DSG gearbox producing slick shifts along with lively performance – 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds and a 132mph top speed.
And thanks to the addition of BlueMotion Technology modifications – the engine is 20 per cent more efficient than the same unit in the Passat CC, returning a combined economy figure of 53.3, or 61.0 in the manual version.
All the comfort, safety and techno systems you would expect of a prestige model are there, just a few more in the higher grade of the two trim levels, CC and CC GT.
Two in particular, though, are really cool. Firstly there’s the soft leather air conditioned seating with massage function.
These front ‘climate seats’ ventilate the seat and seatbacks to improve comfort on hot days or long journeys, with up to 600 litres of air are exchanged per minute by practically silent fan motors controlled by a three-setting switch in the seat trim.
Then there’s the Easy Open set-up which remotely unlocks the boot lid when the key holder waggles a foot under the back bumper. Once you’ve got the knack it works a treat.
And despite the coupe styling there’s plenty of luggage space, and even more if you drop the rear seats, which can be unlatched from inside the boot.
Distinguished and exclusive, the CC makes a discerning driver’s alternative to models like the Audi A5 Sportback or Mercedes-Benz CLS.
Volkswagen CC GT BlueMotion Technology 2.0 TDI DSG
Mechanical: 140ps, 1,968cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via automatic gearbox
Max speed: 132mph
0-62mph: 9.8 seconds
Combined mpg: 53.3
Insurance group: 24
CO2 emissions: 139g/km
BiK rating: 20%
Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles