Your company car policy says you need four seats and four doors. Which is a pesky pain, because you\u2019ve just got a promotion and you\u2019ve always fancied a nice-looking coupe, something like an Audi A5 or BMW 3-Series. Unfortunately, they\u2019re off limits thanks to the fleet manager\u2019s best efforts with the "rules" and despite your best attempts at charm, he\u2019s not going to let you step up to a Mercedes CLS either.Well, Volkswagen\u2019s hoping it\u2019s got the answer to your prayers, because it has just face-lifted and re-launched the "CC". The CC has, of course, existed for a while, in the form of the Passat CC. A much more swoopy, lower and coupe-like form than the regular Passat, it looked cooler than your regular four-door saloon, but nonetheless had four doors, four seats and a big boot.But, neat idea though it was, its identity was always a little bit close to the regular Passat. VW\u2019s hoping that the new car, complete with a new facia, lights, and other assorted bits will change that. But the biggest change is the dropping of Passat in the name. It\u2019s now just simply CC.It\u2019s hard to deny that it\u2019s a lot more visually appealing than the dowdy old Passat. That roofline does do a passing impersonation of a coupe, the windows are frameless - which go a long way to making it feel like a genuinely different car and not just a marketing exercise - and the new details make it look bigger. Its face links the CC to VW\u2019s range-topping executive express, the Phaeton, of which the company sold about 13 last year.So from outside all is well, but inside, if you\u2019ve spent recent seat time in the regular Passat, you\u2019re going to be a wee bit disappointed when you climb in, because the dashboard architecture and much of what you stare at is the same.That\u2019s not to say the Passat cabin\u2019s bad, \u00a0there\u2019s an interesting horizontal split across the dash which makes the upper section look as if it\u2019s floating, the plastics are all soft touch, and the "key" fits in a slot in the dash which you push and hold to start the car. The main changes between CC and Passat are that you get different seats - which are ribbed and leather-covered on this GT model, reminding us of the ones in the Scirocco. And the door furniture\u2019s different and a bit more classy, too. Look in the rear view mirror and you\u2019ve a narrow rear window, thanks to that coupe-like roof. Is it different and special enough? Just.We drove what\u2019s likely to be the biggest-selling 2.0 TDi in 170 bhp form - a 140bhp version of the same engine is available - and with a DSG automatic gearbox. It\u2019s fine so long as you\u2019re not expecting to light up the road - the gearbox in particular is exceptionally smooth and features a fuel-saving "coasting" mode. Lift your foot off the accelerator in normal driving and the revs drop back to idle to aid fuel economy. It sounds odd but feels natural and is seamless in practice. We also like the addition of stop-start in connection with an auto-box, something that\u2019s still rare on the market.But overall we found the CC just a little bit underwhelming the more time we spent with it. There\u2019s nothing really wrong with it from a driving perspective, but for some reason, in this installation the 2.0 TDi engine sounded much more diesel-y and noisy than the same unit in the Passat Alltrack we drove on the same day. You do get a variable damper system which gives you the option of cushiony-soft or sportier hard ride, but in standard set-up it handled motorways, potholes and some aggressive B-road action perfectly well, so whether it\u2019s needed is a moot point.Without dipping into a \u00a3815 upgrade option, the touchscreen satnav also feels a bit mean and small to us, the screen\u2019s notably smaller than the, admittedly optional, one we\u2019ve used in the Golf and Scirocco. And if you\u2019re going to give us an analogue clock slap-bang in the centre of the dash VW, can we have something that we\u2019d actually be happy to stick on our wrists and stare at, rather than something that looks like it came from the "my first watch" catalogue.We\u2019ll need to spend more time with the CC to take a true call on its talents, because you can see its appeal and what VW is trying to do. It\u2019s in areas like the ones we\u2019re moaning about above that an Audi or BMW would excel. But then for the same money as the CC, in those cars you\u2019re going to be sitting in a physically smaller and more "normal" - think saloon - car, and haven't to do without fun fripperies such as satnav, leather, radar-guided cruise control, which worked very well, and park assist.So it\u2019s not a bad car, the Passat CC, far from it. We\u2019d just suggest you take a few test drives of the competition at this price level before falling for those admittedly appealing four-door coupe looks.