Style trumps function in the CC, a four-door coupe version of the VW Passat, resulting in a snug interior, compromised visibility, and difficult cabin access.
But the CC is enjoyable to drive, with agile and responsive handling and a taut, composed ride.
The 200-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is strong and returns 26 mpg overall with the six-speed automated manual transmission.
The more powerful 280-hp, 3.6-liter V6 and AWD discontinued for 2017.
The interior is very well-finished, with comfortable seats up front and, in a pinch, rear seating for three.
Some features, such as a sunroof and rearview camera, are available only on higher-trim versions.
Recent additions include lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.