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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What Car? team
03 November 2016

Our verdict

Which one you’d rather be seen in is up to you, but we can tell you which is objectively the better car: it’s the Arteon.

More fun to drive but just as comfortable as the Passat, the Arteon feels like a premium product. And if you thought that sleek roofline would ruin its practicality, you’d be wrong: it’s surprisingly spacious for passengers and luggage. But it is pricey – not just next to the XE, but also the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

If you simply must have the best-handling car in the class, buy the XE; it’s truly sublime. But you’ll have to put up with a lot that isn’t: iffy interior quality, a fiddly infotainment system and poor practicality. And that’s too much of a compromise.

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1st – Volkswagen Arteon

New Volkswagen Arteon vs Jaguar XE

For Peppy engine; fine ride; huge boot; spacious rear seats; lots of equipment

Against Costlier to buy and run; gearbox jerky in traffic; lacks premium-badge cache

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Jaguar XE

New Volkswagen Arteon vs Jaguar XE

For Sweet handling; composed ride; nice discounts; cheaper company car tax

Against Iffy infotainment; poor perceived quality; cramped rear seats; small boot

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Jaguar XE 20t 200 auto Portfolio

Engine size 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol

List price £31,695

Target Price £28,912

Power 197bhp @ 5500rpm

Torque 236lb ft @ 1200-4500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 8.0sec

Top speed 148mph

Claimed fuel economy 45.1mpg

CO2 emissions 144g/km

Specifications: Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TSI 190 DSG R-Line

Engine size 4cyl, 1984cc, turbo, petrol

List price £34,290

Target Price £32,833

Power 187bhp @ 4180-6000rpm

Torque 236lb ft @ 1500-4180rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 7.4sec

Top speed 149mph

Claimed fuel economy 47.1mpg

CO2 emissions 135g/km


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