Is the BMW 3-Series still the car to beat?
There are serious alternatives to the mighty BMW 320d. Question is: do you dare to be different?
Posted: 11 Jul 2012
The CC, on the other hand, is notably more Germanic in philosophy. A conglomeration of things that happen when men in crisp, starched white coats take many, many small measurements and gently coax quiet brilliance from the nooks and crannies of the normal. It's cool white minimalism, cold design air sucked over a Polo mint of restraint. It's quietly handsome, not showy like the Evoque or DS5, or as aggressive as the BMW. And the sweep of the roofline really does make a big difference - it's not exactly head-turning, but by no means outshone in this company.
The interiors reflect the exteriors to a large extent, the CC being a lesson in sombre symmetry, with a monochrome theme. It's nicely put together, but, when compared with the three other cars here, it feels a little bit po-faced and last-generation. There's nothing actively wrong with it, but friends are unlikely to settle back and roll out the appreciative superlatives. The BMW works, and manages to make most people feel instantly at home, while being nicely technical. Some of the wood trim options might make you wince, but spec it right, and it feels superb. This is the subtle art of ergonomic design at its best; you don't necessarily notice that everything falls to hand, but it does, and you get the feeling that, long-term, this would be an interior that wouldn't eventually niggle.