what would you do?
I went with the Passat (of course). Because mostly it's more practical for what I need a daily driver to be. The CC is a beautiful car but it is way more expensive for the similar features. And for me the features the CC has over the Passat (including HIDs) just isn't worth the price for me.
CURRENT: 2013 Chevy Cruze 2LT
PREVIOUS: 2012 VW Passat SEL Premium, 2009 VW Tiguan SE; 2006 VW Passat 2.0T
Although the 13' CC has the xenons 4mo and PDC (among many other things) the price is far more.
Mine came out to about 31 even all in and it is loaded. The loaded CC will push into the 40s for sure.
My FWD is great in the snow (tested it in a blizzard two days ago) and is actually far larger. More rear room, and more head room
Let's not forget THAT MY B7 HAS A REAL SUNROOF and not some tilt up only crap..
I'm happy with my choice..
We looked at both. I really like the CC a lot - nicer interior, more features - but I wanted a TDI and a price around $30k (well equipped), so I bought a Passat. No regrets...
Best of luck and happy shopping.
2013 Passat TDI SEL (Black/Black)
2012 Passat TDI SEL (Black/Beige) - sold
Passat, because of the TDI, and the size. I'm still amazed at the mileage I'm getting in mine, saves me around $80/month in fuel, $120 if we have to visit the in laws that month. The best part is I don't feel like I had to give up much power to get this great fuel economy, it could never keep up with my old V6, but I've never regretted trading it in for the TDI.
The CC's are nice, I would love one, but the TDI option, size, and price made me go with Passat.
I just replaced a CC, with a Passat TDI (both leased). The CC turned out to be a lemon, 15 months and 17K miles into a three year lease. In a matter of weeks, it went through two water pumps and the DSG tranny. It was a great car to drive - I loved every minute of it - but it was not that great on gas mileage (needs 91 octane), and the problems with it soured me towards driving another one. Luckily, VW corporate saw things my way, they were very helpful and understanding, and allowed me to get the Passat TDI (SE with sunroof), for the remainder of the original lease period (about 18 months). Getting into the Passat (coming from a much sportier CC), was not that bad. The car is pretty peppy, and it handles surprisingly well. And of course, getting 33 - 34mpg, in city driving, is not too shabby, either!
I rented a CC Passat TDI automatic here in Germany (yes they have TDI CC here) for the weekend before I drove the regular Passat. The engines being the same I felt no difference (although they do have the auto start/stop which scared the **** out of me on the first traffic light when the engine cut off). The outside looks of the CC is beautiful, but to me the Passat also look good. (of course this is subjective). The interior of the CC was the deal breaker for me, just to cramp, I’m 6’4 240lbs and getting in and out was not fun, the windshield felt too close to my forehead, I'm also not a fan of the frameless windows on a 4 door sedan, and the sunroof only tilts not slide. I guess the drawback of its good looks is the smallish interior. I prefer the look of the Passat SEL interior over the CC, again my likes. As far as quality, we need more time to make that assessment. Regardless of where these cars are assemble they are both VW, granted this is a new factory and there will be some fine tuning along the way but VW has been making cars and trucks for many many years and they want to get this right in order to become the new “Auto Meister of the world”. We American can assemble cars in Tennessee just as good as the Germans do in Wolfsburg. Most of my co-workers drive Mercedes and BMW and they cannot believe how big and nice this car looks. Even better when I tell them how good gas mileage I get.
Bottom line: If I would have felt comfortable in the CC I would have really considered the CC, I instead got the Passat which to me is not a downgrade but rather a mature Passat that feels good inside and looks good outside and the Passat is more comfortable, more practical, and more affordable. Your Money you decide.