As the sleet continued to fall here in Detroit, the vehicle logistics company that manages Fleet Farfegnugen just retrieved their 2009 Volkswagen CC. I was bummed to see it go. You see, just a few days before Christmas, Detroit got dumped on … not by Washington or the media (this time), but by Mother Nature, who has apparently forgotten about global warming. The snow in my front yard is 11-inches deep.
We're experiencing a bitter December, which isn't a great month to begin with up here as on average we only get three days of sun during the month. But the current weather makes me fully appreciate the 4Motion fitted to our loaded-up VR6-powered 2009 Passat CC. The sucker will mush with abandon so long as the snow isn't much deeper than the front air dam.
You can guess that the mostly-Passat CC has some familiar features, but here are a couple of random observations: First, the rear-view camera that electrically peeks out from under the VW trunk emblem/release is very cool. (This seems like a James Bond "Q" inspired feature.) Second, even though the exterior rearview mirrors were supposed to heated, the gerbils VW spec'ed to exhale on the mirror's backside don't have what it takes to keep the surfaces clear when it's really cold. Thirdly, our $42,630 CC was fitted with nearly the same instrumentation as the Jetta that replaced the CC in our fleet rotation. The white-over-black gauges are easy to read, but with a price point north of $40k, economy car dials just won't due.
Since the handsome sedan's debut, people have called it the entry-level Mercedes CLS (since MB does not offer a V-6 powered CLS). We think this is a kind if not fully accurate characterization, especially if one acquires a base 2009 Volkswagen CC for something less than $30,000. At this price point, the Passat CC represents a good enough value.
However, once you start adding features, the price can escalate to levels that don't make any sense. A quick search of used car values found that the 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS can be purchased for under $40,000. This begs the question, why own a facsimile when you can own the original for the same price?