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Coupe pricing with the soul of a lux sedan

German carmaker Volkswagen has had a series of successful vehicles that have sold reasonably well, from the popular Beetle introduced in 1983 to its first sedan, the Passat.

Volkswagen released an all-new vehicle at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the ‘CC,’ which stands for Comfort Coupe, is marketed by VW as a more luxurious vehicle than its sister, the Passat, with frameless windows and a flowing design. While based on the Passat, and sharing its wheelbase, the CC is longer by an inch and sits lower by two.

The Daily Cougar was given the chance to test-drive the CC in November on a trip to Austin, and we were impressed with its overall elegant styling and plush leather interior. The options are nearly limitless; from the ‘Sport,’ to the ‘Luxury’ or ‘VR6 Sport,’ the four trims are designed to fit most budgets. The 2010 CC flaunts its timeless silhouette.

The contrasting stitching and leather interior makes this vehicle one of the sleekest on the road for its modest price. Even if the buyer opts for the base model they’ll have plenty to enjoy, like an eight-speaker stereo, a six-disc CD changer, sport suspension and leather wrapped steering wheel. Even more pleasing is the base price, which falls at $27,100.

Among the features new on the CC, Car and Driver points out an improved instrument panel and the option of a touch screen navigation system and satellite radio, all of which are leaps and bounds above what can be found on the Passat.

The CC is a sedan with coupe styling, which balances affordable luxury with exceptional performance. Under the hood of the base model, the CC features a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder, 200-horsepower engine. It is far from the most powerful car in its class, but can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just under seven seconds.

If you are in the market for four-door coupe with the soul of a luxury vehicle, the Volkswagen CC would be the place start your search.

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