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New Volkswagen Arteon vs Jaguar XE

Volkswagen has given the Passat a stylish new outfit to create the Arteon executive car. Can it beat the badge cache of a Jaguar XE, though?

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Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

On PCP finance, the Arteon offers cheaper monthly repayments. However, despite pumping out less CO2 than the XE, the Arteon is the more expensive company car; it will cost a 40% taxpayer just over Β£550 more over three years in benefit-in-kind salary sacrifices. And with dealer discounts not as enticing as they are for the XE (that might change in a few months), the Arteon will cost cash buyers more to purchase and run.

To offset that, the Arteon is better equipped, with additions over the XE including a heated steering wheel, digital instrument dials, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass, adaptive LED headlights and 19in alloy wheels.

You also get additional safety kit with the Arteon, such as blindspot warning and adaptive cruise control, although both come with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning.


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