I first saw the CC at a dealer almost a year ago. At first sight I thought it was a piece of art. I love the lines and styling of this car. It borrows some great elements from Audis and takes a few more from its competitors.

Interior was almost as impressive as the exterior design. The two-tone leather seats were not only beautiful but a pleasure to be in. I did find myself a bit disappointed with the dash design. It just did not carry the same level of high design as the rest of the car. I also missed the sunroof and having automatic climate control. The front seats had ample room for two tall, muscular guys, but that left little legroom for those in the back. Remember to call shotgun for long distance rides.

Speaking of the odd noises that Joe mentioned, the CC does sound a bit like an armored car. Disengage the fob and all doors unlock sounding like that of a well-built vault. Press the park brake button and it sounds as though the car is transforming itself into a block of hydraulic metal that screams, "I'm not going anywhere."

I would definitely say this is the next step for young professionals who have outgrown their GTI. The base price is reasonable, but when I spec'd out a CC on VW's site, I experienced a bit of sticker shock! Nonetheless, this is still more reasonable than the some of the other European cars of similar size and design.

Kelly Ryan Murphy, Creative Director

I too experienced the "strange cabin noise/pressure changes" during a test drive. May be a deal breaker.

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