2017 Volkswagen Arteon review verdict, price and release date
The Volkswagen Arteon is aimed at sleek premium executive rivals such as the A...
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.
What Car? says...
Rated 3 out of 5
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Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI 240 4 Motion Elegance
Price £38,000 (est)
Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel
Torque 369lb ft
Gearbox 7-spd automatic
Top speed 152mph
Official economy 47.9mpg
CO2, tax band 152g/km, 32%
Release date October 2017