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Volkswagen CC

Volkswagen’s Classy Car

What is it?
One of the sleekest coupes around,Volkswagen’s uber- glamorous CC is a four door coupe with a hatch back rear and is a definite head turner.

Who is it aimed at?
Anyone who has ever lusted after Mercedes’ beautiful CLS but can only dream of a €70,000 price tag.

Styling
The smart lines, flared wheels and sloping roofline enhance the coupe like design and means the CC manages to look both elegant and muscular.

Under the Bonnet
Our test car was the 2.0 TDI BMT 140bhp with the ultra smooth DSG gearbox. Sporting the Blue Motion badge at the rear our car was equipped with all of Volkswagen’s fuel saving and efficient technologies and products such as a start-stop system, brake energy regeneration and a coasting function. Top speed is 212km/h and the 0-100 km/h is achieved in 9.8 seconds.

Inside
Inside the CC is sublime and it has one of the nicest cabins around in any price class. With an  exquisite two tone colour scheme the materials and build quality are excellent. In addition it can now accommodate five adults and with a 532 litre boot there is more than enough space for a three wheeler pram or alternatively a double buggy will just about fit

 On the Road
On the open road is where the CC really delivers on its promise and it is beautiful to drive. The suspension is refined and comfortable and gives just the right amount of sportiness without ever feeling firm or rigid. The 2.0 diesel is punchy and the steering is beautifully weighted with good feedback. Despite its size, for city driving it handles and corners effortlessly. The DSG, a dual clutch gearbox, is slick and fast and gear changes are virtually undetectable.

Safety
The CC’s has not yet received a star rating from the Euro Ncap  but the Passat on which it is based achieved the top five stars so there is no reason to believe the CC won’t achieve the same when it is tested. Inside there is an abundance of airbags and a host of safety aids.

Verdict
The keen pricing of the CC means it is a far cheaper option than any of the rival four-door coupes such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and  Audi A5 Sportback.  It may not carry the prestige badge of the rivals but nothing on the market currently, at this price, gives as much style inside and out. The CC is one classy car

Why you’ll buy one?
Beautiful interior, stunning styling, well priced

Why you won’t?
How well it is priced depends entirely on how much you like its looks

LAST WORD: Luxurious coupe without a premium price tag

2012 VW CC Factfile

Engine 1,968cc four-cylinder diesel putting out 103kW at 4,200rpm and 320Nm of torque at 1,750 – 2,500rpm
Max speed   212km/h
0-100km/h  9.8 seconds
Emissions (motor tax)  139 g/km €225
Starting price  €34,910 (test car €40,400)
Model price range €34,910 – €42,385
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP: Not yet tested
Fuel type:  Diesel
Fuel Economy:  5.3 litres per 100km (Combined Cycle)
Car Seats: Can accommodate 2 Isofix seats but can be a struggle to fit
Boot Capacity Seats up : 532 Accommodates three wheeler pram easily or double buggy at a squeeze
Length: 4799 (mm)
Width: 1855 (mm)
Height: 1417 (mm)
Wheelbase: 2711 (mm)
Service interval: Variable
Warranty: 3 years

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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