In Sport, roll may be resisted well and it feels more agile, but you feel most imperfections in the road’s surface. Cornering may be improved, but it’s never fun or involving. Push beyond the high levels of grip and you find lots of safe and secure understeer. A lift will tuck the nose in, but that’s about it.
As for the steering, the weighting is well judged but it’ll never tell you what the front wheels are up to. Overall, then, it’s too over-wheeled to play the comfy cruiser and too sensible to ever truly thrill.
Inside, the cabin feels sturdy and upmarket in isolation but is starting to show its age when compared to similarly priced cars. It’s also dark - very dark. Lashings of black leather, a black headliner, dark tinted rear windows and lots of carbonfibre trim makes it gloomy for those up front and borderline oppressive for anyone in the rear.
Speaking of those in the back, the CC may get two additional doors when compared to traditional coupés, but practicality still takes a hit. The swooping roofline eats into rear head room and makes entry harder. At least the boot is sizable enough for a couple of bags of golf clubs.
Should I buy one?
Ultimately, the Volkswagen CC is a car best enjoyed at a relaxed pace. With that in mind, this particular variant is hard to recommend. The pace provided by the 181bhp TDI is tempting, but you can’t ignore the cheaper running costs of the 148bhp variant, especially with 80% of sales going to business users.
We would also stay away from the 19in wheels of our test car. They improve looks, but it isn’t worth the uncompromising ride we experienced. If you must have a CC R-Line, then the Black Edition does make sense for the extra kit you get - but stick to 18in rims. Ultimately, however, we would still wait for the new model.
Volkswagen CC R-Line Black Edition
Location West Sussex; On sale Now; Price £33,485; Engine 4 cyls, 1968cc, diesel; Power 181bhp at 3500-4000rpm; Torque 280lb ft at 1750-3250rpm; Gearbox 6-spd dual-clutch automatic Kerb weight 1607kg; 0-62mph 8.1sec; Top speed 144mph; Economy 56.5mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 130g/km, 26%