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?...
Analogue instruments and an 8.0in touchscreen are standard, but the screen is quite slow and clunky to operate. Upgrading to InControl Touch Pro (£1090) makes it faster, but it’s still not as slick as the Arteon’s. The upgrade also brings digital instruments, and you can add the 10.2in touchscreen shown (£625). Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available; you can connect your phone via an app. Portfolio trim gets a 380-watt stereo.
The graphics on the Arteon’s 8.0in screen look sharper than the XE’s systems. The menus are easier to fathom and the screen reacts more quickly to inputs. For £895, you can get a 9.2in screen with more functions, but the standard system is good enough. It has smartphone mirroring plus CarNet, which lets you¬ find parking spaces and traffic information online. The standard stereo sounds good, but the £1010, 700-watt system is even better.