Four-door coupes are pretty popular at German automakers, and one of the first to release such a model was VW with its CC. The CC borders on premium territory, and offers a more affordable than luxury-class rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Heading into 2016, the CC received a new, less expensive trim level, and a few extra features, but retains its stunning looks.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Volkswagen CC is a sub-luxury four-door coupe, so it is no surprise that it’s pricey at $31,570 for the base Trend trim level that's loaded with standard features like:

  • Bi-xenon headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic climate control
  • V-Tex leatherette seating, heated in front

The CC packs on upscale features as it moves up trim levels including: Sport, R-Line, R-Line Executive, R-Line Executive w/Carbon, and VR64MOTION Executive.

Performance Pros

  • The CC's 2-liter four-cylinder engine feels lively and responsive, particularly with the dual-clutch transmission.
  • The CC strikes a great balance between sporty handling and a comfy family sedan.

Performance Cons

  • The 3.6-liter VR6 packs plenty of punch, its extra weight almost cancels out its extra power, and it's much thirstier than the four-cylinder engine.
  • We've found the steering a tad light at times.

Interior Pros

The CC nips closely at the heels of four-door coupes from Volkswagen's luxury rivals:

  • The cabin is whisper quiet.
  • An array of standard and optional features lux up the CC.

Interior Cons

While we think the cabin is luxurious, we have some issues with seating:

  • Front seats are too low for our taste, for a less-than-ideal position
  • Because of its sloping roofline, rear-seat headroom is tight for taller passengers.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

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It's a rare treat when the base engine in a car is better than the more powerful optional engine. This is the case with the CC, meaning you can save your money -- unless you want the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that the VR6 4MOTION Executive offers.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The fact that there is no optional all-wheel drive with the 2-liter engine leaves us scratching our heads. This is the only reason the four-cylinder may not be the obvious choice for some buyers.

The Bottom Line

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If you want a German four-door coupe, you don't have to pay for a Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Audi. The Volkswagen CC has timeless looks, an impressive 2-liter engine, and premium amenities that make it a great alternative to more expensive rivals.