So You Can't Afford: Audi A7
300-hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6
The inexpensive imitator: Volkswagen CC
Mercedes-Benz invented the slinky four-door coupe when it introduced the original CLS in 2004. But VW wasn't too far behind when it took that same idea and applied it to a far less expensive car with the 2008 Passat CC. Now this group of cars has grown to include the Porsche Panamera and the new Audi A7.
But Maybe You Can Afford: VW CC
200-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four turbo
Although the CC is front-wheel drive and has 100 fewer horsepower than the Audi, drivers can buy it with the optional 3.6-liter V-6 and all-wheel drive, so it lines up even more closely with the A7. The V-6 CC sells for $37,403, but that's still 20 grand less than the Audi. The CC is certainly smaller, yet it still provides a comfy 37 inches of rear legroom, the same as the Audi.
The biggest difference in terms of usability is that the VW uses a traditional trunk with 13.0 cubic feet of luggage space while the Audi is a hatchback with a whopping 24.5 cubic feet of room even before the rear seats are folded down. And, since it's an Audi, it outclasses the VW on the inside. But that $30,000 price gap between the two makes a compelling argument for the CC. It's still the only reasonably priced four-door coupe on the market.