The Arteon Shooting Brake offers a stylish alternative to the VW Passat Estate, without losing very much at all in the way of practicality. It's really practical, well equipped, has a pleasant interior and a decent range of engines, including the company car tax-saving plug-in hybrid. It is a bit pricey, though, and the resale values aren't great next to some of the competition, so do make sure you get a hefty discount.
The trimSee full equipment
Where Elegance trim focuses on comfort, R-Line has a sportier edge to it. As such, you get all of the standard kit from the entry-level trim but add 19in alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, a panoramic sunroof and interior ambient lighting. Strangely, R-Line trim doesn’t come with a reversing camera, something that’s standard with Elegance trim.
The engineSee full engine specs
Worth considering if you're on a budget, but the pokier 2.0 TSI 190 is much better. The 1.5 TSI 150 has 148bhp and will get from 0-62mph in 8.9sec but needs revving hard with a laden-down car. Officially it averages just under 45mpg.
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