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|Funny thing is I dont think people will care much about this "coupe".|
Dynamically it probably doesn't drive much better than a loaded Passat
Whether the CC finds a niche or not remains to be seen I guess. However the CC I drove in Germany were *far* better dynamically than the current Passat. I'd have to wonder though if the Passat will get a facelift soon and see some of these improvements that the CC has.
My personal small nits after driving it myself. Rear visibility is a bit less than other sedans, but not obnoxiously so. Blind spots however are fine since the rear seat glass goes so far back into the c-pillar. The rear-end styling just doesn't look very German to me whereas the rest of the car is pretty unique. Price is a little endearing on the high-end, but the car does have a very substantial feel to it that makes it feel more expensive than it is. Lastly I'm of course worried how badly this car will get watered-down for the U.S. market, particularly the suspension setup. German engineers on hand at the event said the CC should come over with the same suspension, but I've heard that before. Hopefully VW doesn't screw this one up.
The CC is an obvious niche vehicle in this segment. If you want outright performance then the G37, IS or 3-series may be a better choice. However the outright performance enthusiast market is a bit smaller than the near-luxury/luxury buyer so who knows what will happen. Either way, I was surprised how well executed the CC is and like it a whole lot better than the Passat.
On the panorama roof - it has a vent function on it, but does not slide open like a typical sun roof. I have an email into VWoA on the split/fold seats for the U.S. market. The German-market cars only get a pass-through opening where the rear center armrest is, but there was talk of split fold seats being available later in the life-cycle. With VWoA moving right now and the product planning group largely being decimated it is hard to get firm answers. I heard yesterday we *may* get the adaptive chassis control as an option but a final decision hasn't been made yet. It is a cost decision.
Anyway, if anyone has any other questions I might be able to shed some light on let me know.