By KBB.com Editors
Based on the popular Passat platform, the 2011 Volkswagen CC "four-door" coupe casts off the stoic styling of its older brother, adding a sporty yet elegant feel to a functional four-door sedan. Unlike the Passat, the CC can still be had with a choice of four or six-cylinder engines, a manual or automatic transmission and front or 4MOTION all-wheel-drive. Of course, traditional sedan buyers probably won't be happy with the un-sedan like rear seat accommodations, lack of a folding rear seat and four-passenger seating, but, as Billy Crystal once mused, "sometimes, darling, it's better to look good than to feel good." Bearing more than just a passing resemblance to the ultra-luxurious, ultra-expensive Mercedes-Benz CLS, the 2011 Volkswagen CC plays more in the same league as the Nissan Maxima, Acura TL and Buick Regal.You'll Like This Car If...
If you sometimes need the versatility of four-doors, but don't mind sacrificing some interior accommodations in exchange for a stylish exterior that is super-car chic, the CC may be the right choice for you.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you sometimes need to carry more than four passengers, have tall kids or require the added space afforded by a folding rear seat (the CC has only a small pass-through), the Volkswagen Passat may be a better choice.What's New for 2011
The 2011 Volkswagen CC sees changes to its standard and optional equipment list, creating a more streamlined ordering experience. The Sport trim loses its fog lights, while the leather seating option is removed from all 2.0Ts. The Dynaudio system is now only available on the VR6, which also gains heated and ventilated front seats. Rear side thorax airbags and the two-tone beige leather interior are no longer offered.Driving It Driving Impressions
The 2011 VW CC is a wonderful driver's car. The steering is precise without too much assist, the suspension strikes just the right balance between comfort and performance handling and the interior sound levels at speed are remarkably minimal. The standard six-speed manual seems in character with this sporty sedan, but it's the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic available only with the 2.0-liter turbo that really makes this car a delight to drive. For the money, the 200-horsepower turbocharged engine has plenty of power to move the CC, and its fuel economy figures rival some compact cars. Moving into the VR6 brings more low-end torque for faster starts and passing, but the six-speed Tiptronic automatic's slower response time just doesn't inspire the kind of fun-to-drive playfulness found with the DSG automatic.Favorite Features
Six-Speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG)
Employing two clutches, one holding gears 1, 3 and 5, the other assigned to 2, 4 and 6, the DSG automatic can make instantaneous gear changes allowing it to outperform even the best manual (and its operator).
12-way Adjustable Seats
Seat comfort is paramount to long drives and the CC's 12-way power adjustable heated and ventilated driver's seat with four-way power lumbar support is among the best in the business.