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An attractive car and a welcome divergence for VW design
The finest-looking automobile Volkswagen has ever created
Climate dials are large, clear, and simple to operate
The 2010 Volkswagen CC follows a stunning, coupe-like silhouette similar to that of the Mercedes CLS, with frameless windows and a long, flowing design. Whether or not you take offense to anything with four doors calling itself a coupe, VW has successfully produced a very elegant overall design, with the exception of rather long overhangs (especially in the front).
Whether you opt for the Sport, Luxury, or VR6 Sport or 4Motion trims, the 2010 Volkswagen CC flaunts the same curvy silhouette, with only wheels and trims to note as different. In any case, Edmunds reviewers report, the Passat CC is "created by taking a Passat—same wheelbase, same powertrain, same basic interior—and lowering its roof line by 2 inches while radically changing the styling." Road & Track reviewers describe one of the hallmark features as a "side character line that runs from the front to rear fenders [and] apes the sheet-metal crease on other vehicles including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW's 3 Series." MyRide.com reviewers state that they are "certainly not disappointed with the exterior design," which they claim makes the 2009 Volkswagen CC "one of the most striking attractions to race down our streets in a long while." Overall, the Volkswagen CC's exterior is "a hell of a lot less awkward than the CLS or any current BMW," according to Jalopnik, and Car and Driver contends that, "depending on your styling preferences, [it] could even be considered sexy."
Inside, the CC is especially stunning, with contrast stitching, contrasting-color leather seats, and upscale trim that you'll likely be surprised to see in a vehicle that costs less than $30,000. MyRide.com says that the interior has a "combination of a texture, engineering elegance, and artistic elegance"; they add that the "cantilevered dash alone is an exquisite combination of surface contours that might be found on a vehicle costing two or three times the VW CC price." Car and Driver notes that the Volkswagen CC features a new "instrument luster and an optional touch-screen navigation system" to set it apart from the standard Volkswagen Passat, and Edmunds reviewers praise the "well-laid-out, uncluttered control design."
Expect to turn lots of heads while driving the 2010 Volkswagen CC. It looks great from inside, too.