Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2.0 TSI R 5dr 4MOTION DSG Review
Category: Executive car
Section: Version review
The Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake offers a stylish alternative to the Volkswagen 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
Sitting at the top of the Arteon range, the potent R version gets all of the R-Line’s kit but adds specially-designed 19in alloy wheels, Nappa leather sports front seats with electronic adjustment, a heated steering wheel and decorative black carbon panels on the dashboard and doors.
The engineSee full engine specs
The top-spec performance R model has 316bhp, which makes it very quick – 0-62mph takes 4.9sec with the help of bespoke 4Motion four-wheel drive and the quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It's enjoyable but not as sweet-sounding or as fun as the cheaper BMW M340i Touring.
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