Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake review

Category: Executive car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid, diesel, petrol
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RRP £32,765What Car? Target Price from£27,353
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Introduction

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If you’re scratching your head over why what’s clearly an estate car has got a name involving guns and car parts, then let us explain. The first ‘shooting brakes’ were designed to carry all the paraphernalia an upper class shooting party required at a time when cars were otherwise small; they were all about extra boot space. So the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake is designed to combine the good looks of a coupé with the additional load lugging capacity of an estate. Naturally, the shapely roof does mean it has less space than a conventional station wagon, but it’s a more practical alternative to the already rather useful classic executive hatchback Arteon.

Look past the squarer tail and you’ll find the same range of petrol and diesel engines as the htachback. All but 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. The top of the range is the upcoming 316bhp R that gets a cleverer four-wheel drive setup to boost 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. This comes in the same selection of trim levels as the hatchback, so there should be a model to suit most pockets, too.

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. And although there’s always the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé to consider, neither have 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 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, don’t forget to check out our New Car Buying section for some cracking deals on the Arteon and many other new cars.

At a glance

Number of trims3 see more
Available fuel typeshybrid, diesel, petrol
MPG range across all versions35.8 - 57.6
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles

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