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    Ask Me Anything: 2015 Volkswagen CC Sport 2.0T

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      The People's Four-Door Coupe Comes In For Review

    It has been close to eight months since I last drove a vehicle equipped with manual transmission - a Volkswagen Jetta TDI. So it seems fitting that another Volkswagen is equipped with a manual. In this case it happens to be the CC, Volkswagen's top of the line sedan in the U.S.

    This CC is the base Sport model - which coincidentally is the only trim that you can get with a six-speed manual. But despite it being the base trim, the Sport comes with a impressive feature list. Standard equipment includes leatherette, heated front seats, 5-inch touchscreen with navigation and backup camera; and 17-inch wheels. Total cost? $33,550 with a $865.00 destination charge.

    Power comes from Volkswagen's highly-regarded turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet. This engine feels more powerful than the power figures suggest as power is right there and will get you moving in a quite a hurry. The six-speed manual is easy to shift and throws are somewhere in the middle - not too short, not too long.

    Complaints? The only one I have at the moment is with the 5-inch touchscreen being too small to glance at closely and having a somewhat dated interface.

    I'll have more thoughts and a update in the coming days. If you have questions about the CC, post them below.

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    Applaud for the Minimalist dash as it is clean but have to ding them big time for a dated look from the 90's and that reflective aluminum on the dash.

     

    Does it glare on a sunny day in the windshield? This is a big pet peeve of mine where you end up seeing the dash reflect in the windshield as you drive and it ends up being a distracting experience.

     

    How is fit and finish?

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    Applaud for the Minimalist dash as it is clean but have to ding them big time for a dated look from the 90's and that reflective aluminum on the dash.

     

    Does it glare on a sunny day in the windshield? This is a big pet peeve of mine where you end up seeing the dash reflect in the windshield as you drive and it ends up being a distracting experience.

     

    How is fit and finish?

     

    I don't find it to be that dated looking. I think its a fairly timeless design that's held up well to time, now being 10 years since its release. Can't say that about most designs that originated from 2006. 

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    Applaud for the Minimalist dash as it is clean but have to ding them big time for a dated look from the 90's and that reflective aluminum on the dash.

     

    Does it glare on a sunny day in the windshield? This is a big pet peeve of mine where you end up seeing the dash reflect in the windshield as you drive and it ends up being a distracting experience.

     

    How is fit and finish?

     

    I don't find it to be that dated looking. I think its a fairly timeless design that's held up well to time, now being 10 years since its release. Can't say that about most designs that originated from 2006. 

     

     

    I'm with BV on this. The CC is still quite good looking and interior has to be one of the best (alongside the new Golf)

     

    As for the Aluminum trim, I can't say at the moment since it has been cloudy here in Detroit for the past day or so. 

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      If you wanted a subcompact crossover that handled decently, your choices were either the Mazda CX-3 or Toyota C-HR. The Kona enters the ring as the third choice, and possibly the best. On the backroads, the Kona feels quite agile and has almost no body roll. If I was to nitpick, the steering doesn’t have as much feel as you’ll find in the CX-3. But it feels noticeably better than the C-HR. Ride quality is impressive with most bumps being isolated from passengers sitting inside. Not too much wind and road noise come inside.
      Possibly the Best Subcompact Crossover At the Moment
      Hyundai has a very compelling package in the Kona. There is an excellent performance from the turbocharged engine, impressive driving dynamics, easy to use infotainment system, and a long list of standard equipment. There are some drawbacks with the small cargo area and rear legroom topping the list. If you need the space, a Honda HR-V would be my first pick. The dual-clutch transmission still needs a bit more work to iron out the hesitation issues I experienced. 
      That first impression I had still stands and moves the Kona not only being the best in the class at the moment, but also onto a very rarefied list; a vehicle I would considering buying.
      How I Would Configure A Kona: The only reason I see buying the Ultimate is for the adaptive cruise control as most of the other safety equipment such as blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, and forward collision avoidance are available on other models. So if I wanted the Turbo engine, then I would step down to the Limited at $26,100. For those who think that is a tad expensive still should consider the SEL Plus as it comes very well equipped for $23,950. You do sacrifice the turbo engine for the 2.0L four-cylinder which is fine if your planning to drive mostly around town. Add an additional $1,400 for all-wheel drive.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Kona, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Kona
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: 1.6L Turbocharged DOHC 16-Valve GDI Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 175 @ 5,500
      Torque @ RPM: 195 @ 1,500 - 4,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 26/29/27
      Curb Weight: 3,276 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Ulsan, South Korea
      Base Price: $29,150
      As Tested Price: $ 30,380 (Includes $1,095.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $135.00

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