TOUCH OF CLASS OUTSIDE THE BOX

I DON'T know what the crew at the Volkswagen head plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, are putting on their cornflakes in the morning, but it's certainly working.

I DON'T know what the crew at the Volkswagen head plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, are putting on their cornflakes in the morning, but it's certainly working.

In the past two months we've had two outstanding cars find their way from Europe to our shores.

First was the hot-as-hell Scirocco as a welcome addition to the hatch segment while the new CC (comfort coupé) finds a home in the sports saloon category.

While the Scirocco is guaranteed to make most motoring enthusiasts go weak at the knees, the CC goes the whole hog and simply bowls you over.

At first glance it is like a mini Mercedes-Benz CLS but on closer inspection it has a DNA all of its own.

It's officially a coupé, albeit a four-door one, and the 2,0 TDI Highline we had on test was a complete jol till we reluctantly handed the keys back to its rightful owners.

For me diesel and what is basically a sports car do not always go together but in this instance it's a winner ... you have the looks to set it apart from the hum-drum coupled with an engine that sips around the 6,5litre mark per 100kilometres and turns out an impressive 125kW of power and 350Nm of torque.

The black interior is top-notch, with enough leather to give the most ardent of animal rights activists the jitters!

While legroom is ample the car is pretty low-slung and headroom a premium. On more than one occasion I banged my head on the unit housing the interior lights on the roof. Considering all the pluses it has, it was a minor irritation I could easily live with.

The CC may not be cheap at R349000, and a few extras on our test car pushed the price up to R387000. These included a rearview camera, electric sunroof, RCD DynAudio sound system and climate controlled seats.

I must admit I found the panoramic sunroof slightly pointless as it only tilts an inch or two and doesn't actually slide back.

One feature in particular that grabbed my attention was the handbrake system - a simple button you press to activate and release your handbrake.

Also, the bi-xenon headlights "throw" light around corners, which really helps when driving in dark areas.

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