Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake long-term test: report 4

The Shooting Brake is a sleek new estate version of Volkswagen’s Arteon executive car. We're living with it to see if it has substance as well as style...

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake long-term test review

The car Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2.0 TSI 190 R-Line Run by Alastair Clements, special contributor

Why it’s here We're big fans of Volkswagen's coupé/saloon mash-up, but is an estate version a niche too far?

Needs to Feel special enough to justify the price premium over a conventional estate, without sacrificing that all-important practicality

Mileage 7973 List price £39,550 Target Price £33,560 Price as tested £46,920 Test economy 34.2mpg Official economy 35.6mpg

5 August 2021 – Fit for the catwalk

There's a test that's not usually part of the rigorous What Car? schedule, but is particularly important to buyers of cars like the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake – and perhaps less so for those considering the Volkswagen Passat on which it’s based.

It's the ‘look-over-the-shoulder test’, and can be carried out any time you park your car and walk away. Top marks are awarded if you take a lingering glance back, not because you’re worried you’ve left your mobile on show or the doors unlocked, but because it looks so good.

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake long-term test review

The Arteon passes with flying colours, every time. Even on a trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in a car park surrounded by all manner of exotica, I still felt a pang at leaving it and a thrill at returning.

That feeling continues inside, too. My car’s R-Line seats with ‘Carbon/Nappa leather’ upgrade are a £1535 indulgence, but they look sporty and special.

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