2017 Volkswagen Arteon review verdict, price and release date

The Volkswagen Arteon is aimed at sleek premium executive rivals such as the A...

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Matt Saunders
1 Jun 2016 11:04 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The Arteon is a car with plenty of premium-brand polish about it, but in the expensive form we've tried so far, it’s tough to recommend against opponents from Audi and BMW. Both the A5 Sportback and 4 Series offer greater desirability and can be had with stronger six-cylinder engines, while doing a better job of mixing peace and quiet with agility.

Ultimately, Volkswagen needs to do more with the Arteon’s quality and driving experience before it arrives in October to make up for its relative shortage of stature as a maker of leading executive cars. At a more affordable price point, with a less powerful engine and on a smaller set of wheels, there might be more to like about the Arteon, but it remains to be seen exactly how affordable VW UK will allow it to be.

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Rated 3 out of 5

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Audi A5 Sportback

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé

Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI 240 4 Motion Elegance

Price £38,000 (est)

Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel

Power 237bhp

Torque 369lb ft

Gearbox 7-spd automatic

0-62mph 6.5sec

Top speed 152mph

Official economy 47.9mpg

CO2, tax band 152g/km, 32%

Release date October 2017