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Good choice for luxury on non-lux brand - 2016 Volkswagen CC
By Pana Fan - April 2 - 5:00 am
I've owned Jetta, Passat, Phaeton and this CC, so I would say I'm a loyal customer for VW. Given the Dieselgate dealership are putting quite good discounts on the CC and Tiguan, both scheduled to redesign in 2017.
This CC shares the same EA888 2.0T engine you would found in the my 2008 Passat and last generation of EOS, though a little older and less efficient than the current 1.8T, I found my light city traffic 25MPG is still acceptable, given that my Passat used to have 22 in same condition. As still in brake in after 2 weeks of purchasing, I didn't rev it up but occasional overpass still feels adequate. The DSG is somehow strange when handling low speed, especially around 20 mph which seems it struggles to think if it should shift up to gear 3, creating rather jagged motions, definitely check it out during test drive.
I almost never see rear seat passengers so the notorious rear headroom isn't a problem, but a smaller adult and children sure feel comfortable. Noise reduction is surprising good comparing to my aging 2004 Phaeton and the firmness of ride is also a plus.
The new MIB II infortainment system has some problems connecting to my Sony Z2 but eventually find a way to do it. Google Maps still performs better than standard onboard navigation in terms of easiness to operate and finding locations you already looked up on your computer. I like the new instrumental cluster on European spec 2017 Tiguan but this old one still do its job fine. Build quality and material is good considering this is the only VW sedan still built in Germany.
Headlight with curving is a plus if you drive on continuous curving road like me to get home, and the side light when turning is also good. Due to the styling rear and side visibility is somehow limited, but turning your head will do the trick. It is a shame that active safety features such as BLIS and active cruise controls are only available on 4Montion Executive and not available even as option like latest Golf Sportswagen. Other sedans like Accord, Mazda 6 all offers these safety features at least as options if not on top trim. Do look for others if this is important for you.
Overall if you are looking for a non-BBA and near luxury European sedan, 2016 CC is a good choice if you can nail down some discounts to bring the price below $30K mark, or wait for the 2017 redesign, as I'm sure MQB and 1.8T should do better job.