2012 Volkswagen CC R-Line 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Having drivern Mercedes and Audis, the CC compares very favorably to both in terms of ride, handling performance and interior features but it tops both in terms of uniqueness and looks and affordability/value.
If you are in the market for a Audi A 4 or a Merceders Benz C Class - and you do not care about the emblem on your ride - this car blends looks, ride, comfort and performance.
The 2.0 turbo coupled with the DSG auto is far better than any SAAB turbo - I owned a 99 SAAB 9-5 2.3 LPT and a 99 SAAB 9.3 2.0 and while the 9-3 was fun to drive - it rode like a pick-up truck and offered few lux amentiies and while the 9-5 offered a refined ride and lux amenities, it was not much fun.
The looks - you find yourself hypnotized by the car's striking appearance especially in R Line form with the body skirts & 18" wheels which makes the car look stunning.
The car epitomizes the height of artful automotive design and the design carriers over to interior such that the car grabs you with its looks and then impresses you with its interior.
Once you drive it, you feel like you are driving an Audi or Mercedes Benz.
When you look at the 30K price - well that pretty much cinches the deal as this is only car that offers so much for so little.
Yes it is a VW but if you can look beyond Madison Avenue brainwashing in terms of branding - then you will be able to appreciate this VW.
Up the torque on the 2.0 to make it more comparable to the Audi output on the same 2.0 engine and improve the braking feel to make them less touchy.
The VW does not ride well on broken pavement - it is controllable but it does not like uneven or rutted road ways.
This car is a great highway cruiser and commuter - it is a joy to drive and a joy to own.
For the money - how can you complain.
It is much more stylish than any Acura, Honda, Mazda, Audi, Toyota or Hyundai.
The new Kia Optima offers interesting looks and a great turbo 4 engine - but it is not as classy and less refined inside and out.