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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
superb Dynaudio sound system that pumps out 600 watts of raw musical power through 10 speakers
the CC's iPod integration is much refined
VW's new touchscreen interface, which is easy enough to figure out thanks to logical menus and helpful physical buttons that run alongside the screen
The cabin electronics are beset by odd problems, such as difficulty copying music to the car's hard drive and a navigation system that can be hard to use.
The CC is available in Sport, Lux, and Executive models, with Sport and Lux models getting the four-cylinder engine and the Executive upgrading to the VR6 and 4Motion all-wheel drive.
All versions come with a very full set of features, including power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; power front seats; and heated front seats, which are upholstered in vinyl ("leatherette" is the word, we believe). Bluetooth is standard on all CC sedans, as is a stereo with USB and auxiliary ports.
Four-cylinder CC sedans can also be fitted with Lux and Lux Plus packages that group Executive-grade features into an easy-order option. Dual-zone climate control, brushed aluminum trim, and a navigation system are included in the Lux, and the Lux Plus adds a rearview camera, footwell lighting, and Vavona wood trim, plus a panoramic sunroof. At the top, the Lux Limited package adds bi-xenon headlamps and alloy wheels.
Executive models command a price much, much higher, in part because they bundle in many more features--with all the other equipment, the Executives also get heated mirrors; upgraded wheels; a panoramic sunroof; dual-zone climate control; and a rear sunshade.
Volkswagen's consolidated options into packages that put a dent in wallets, and take away some of the value perception of the base CC. An R-Line package adds fog lamps, silver-painted alloys, special valences, and tinted taillamps to Sport modes.
The navigation system in the CC was new last year, and it's much better than previous efforts. A top-level Dynaudio sound system is offered only on the Executive VR6 model.
The standard features on the CC make for a tempting value; expensive packages boost the price quickly into luxury-car territory.