What Car? says...
The Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake is designed to combine the good looks of a coupé with the load-lugging capacity of an estate. The shapely roof means it has less space than a conventional 'station wagon', but it’s a more practical alternative to the (already rather useful) Arteon executive hatchback.
If you’re scratching your head over why it has a name involving guns and car parts, let us explain: the first shooting brakes were specially designed to carry all the paraphernalia for an upper-class shooting party at a time when most cars were distinctly lacking in boot space.
Back to the 21st century version… and looking past the Arteon Shooting Brake's squarer tail, you’ll find the same range of petrol and diesel engines as the Volkswagen Arteon offers.
All versions except the entry-level 148bhp 1.5 TSI petrol get an automatic gearbox as standard, with the most powerful 197bhp diesel gaining the option of four-wheel drive. At the top of the range is the upcoming 316bhp R, which gets a more advanced four-wheel drive set-up to improve cornering ability.
At the more sensible end of the spectrum, there’s a plug-in eHybrid that should combine a decent range with punchy performance and low CO2 emissions to suit the company car driver. It comes in the same range of trim levels as the hatchback, so there should be a model to suit most pockets.
Selecting rivals for the Arteon Shooting Brake isn’t clear cut. While the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is available for similar money, it’s far smaller inside, as is the cheaper Kia Proceed. Although there’s always the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé to consider, neither has the option of a shooting brake variant.
So, is the Arteon Shooting Brake a square peg in a round hole, or will it fit perfectly into your life? Read on through this review to find out what it’s like to drive, how spacious it really is and how big a dent it’ll put in your bank balance. Speaking of which, don’t forget to check out the free What Car? New Car Buying pages for some cracking deals on Volkswagens and many other new cars.
At a glance
|Number of trims||3 see more|
|Number of engines||5 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||hybrid, petrol, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||201.8 - 57.6|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£908 / £3,087|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,816 / £6,173|
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