I wanted a CC for a while too. Then I read quite a few complaints about the poor visibility out of the cabin, and the low roof line being a pain for taller people getting in/out.
You'd think, being a German-built VW, the CC would be top notch, but I'm not sure it's anything special.
I think it's one of the best looking cars on the road, at any price. But to me, those frameless windows just look like trouble in a few years with water leaks. And the design looks like wind noise waiting to happen. Even the fact that all the windows drop a mm or two every time you unlock the car with the key seems like a malfunction waiting to happen.
Do you like a sunroof? You won't get one on the CC until you go up in trim level, and then it's a flat one.
As good as the CC looks, I think it was designed with form over function. It's a fashion-statement car that I think people live with because of it's drop-dead gorgeous looks. I think that would get old after a bit.
I agree it's lame that the Passat doesn't include xenons or LED tails in 2013, on any trim level. I also agree the 2.5L, while a great workhorse of an engine, doesn't move the Passat with enough authority to make it very exciting.
It's all relative. My wife or my mom (or most non-enthusiast types) would probably find the Passat 2.5L to be perfectly fine on power. They're selling like hotcakes and that proves people aren't finding the engine terribly lacking. I like something with a little more kick though.
If you want a CC, you should lease one. There's $3000 VW lease cash and very low lease rates on these cars through October at least. That way you could enjoy it for 36 months and keep it if you're in love - or turn it in if it's not all that you thought it would be. Despite the $30k sticker price, CC's are leasing unbelievably cheap right now.