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
Similarly, the Evoque has an interior that feels designed rather than simply put together, a hefty spar running between the front seats flares into the touchscreen at the top. It works exceptionally well in practice, and makes use of the Evoque's deep sides and relatively shallow windowline to make the Rangie feel big, chunky and wholesome. It's not a fiddly car like the CC. But, again, if you really want to feel the difference, you need the DS5. Asymmetrical dash, roof-mounted console and extra buttons, a thorough bedlam of shapes and textures. Yet it also works. It requires a bit of getting used to, but, once you do, there's a quality of execution that we've not seen from Citroen before. This isn't a copy, translation or refinement of something else - it's a defiant and exuberant explosion of French.
Lots of smiling faces so far, the options looking rosy. But then you drive, and the benevolent grin falters. The VW CC is purely inoffensive, with balanced and tidy handling. It rides reasonably well, maintains body control and schleps along at a perfectly acceptable rate, surfing 258lb ft of torque to hit 62mph in 8.6 seconds. But that's all. There's a distinct lack of character, a car that numbs the journey rather than enlivens it. In some situations that might well be a boon, but not here.