Volkswagen’s CC flagship doesn’t have to stand back to any of the comparable offerings from the usual premium brands. In terms of perceived quality and performance, this four-door coupé comfortably fits the mould. Whether buyers will see it as such is another matter, of course: the opposition is formidable – and some of it is from within the ranks of the VW Group itself, in the form of the Audi A4.
For 2012, the CC gets a new face with standard bi-xenon headlights (LED daytime running lights standard on the V6) and a remodelled tail with LED lighting.
Often it’s what you don’t see that has the greatest effect: an example is the reduction of several dB in noise intrusion thanks to extra acoustic film layer used on the windscreen, in addition to extra sound-absorbing materials – including
underbody trim, wheel-well shells made of noise-damping material and improved gearbox mounts.
We drove the CC on a mix of Gauteng freeways and arrow-straight Free State trunk routes – where its abilities were not stretched in the least. Luck of the draw confined us to the 2-litre turbodiesel (a 2,0 direct injection petrol Four and a 3,6 petrol V6 are also available). Our leisurely cross-country lope registered a handy 5,3 litres/100 km overall – what price hybrids?
Perhaps the CC’s only dynamic area that might be a turnoff to potential buyers is its ride quality. Well controlled as it is, the ride may just be a trifle firm for those more accustomed to plushness.
We’re also mildly taken aback at the long options list. Among the available high-tech systems are:
- Light Assist, which is camera-based,analyses the light sources in night-time traffic to activate normal or high beam depending on whether there is an approaching vehicle.
- Park Assist is a second-generation system that uses ultrasonic sensors to select and steer the car into either a parallel parking or alley docking position.
- Easy Open allows the boot to be opened hands-free by making a kicking motion near the bumper.
Prices start at R373 800, including a 5 year/100 000 km maintenance plan.
Stay alert. New for this year is the fatigue detection system fitted as standard. It detects waning driver concentration and warns the driver with acoustic and visual signals. At the beginning of each car trip, the system analyses the driver’s characteristic steering behaviour. The fatigue detection system then continually evaluates signals such as steering angle and warns if it spots deviations from the pre-recorded behaviour. Besides this, when the system is activated it recommends a break after every four hours of continuous driving.
Go to New on the block (July 2012 issue) to download wallpaper images of selected cars.