Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake is a little pricey. It’s considerably more than the Volkswagen Passat Estate, on which it’s based, and the starting price is similar – or even higher – than some premium offerings, such as the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake. And by the time you get to the R model, you’re paying more than you would for the BMW M340i, which seems a bit silly.

We’d definitely look for great up-front discounts to negate the high prices, starting with our New Car Buyer service, because otherwise you’ll suffer the heavy depreciation. The Arteon Shooting Brake is going to shed value quicker than many rivals, including the 3 Series Touring and especially the CLA Shooting Brake, which tends to have rock-solid resale values.

R-Line adds 19in alloys, privacy glass, ambient lighting and a panoramic roof, while the high-performance R model includes a heated steering wheel and leather sports seats.

Euro NCAP awarded the Arteon its maximum five-star safety rating. We've poked into the finer details of that test and found that the Arteon scored slightly better on adult occupant protection than the Volvo V60, but wasn’t quite as good at protecting kids in the back seats. Overall, it was a good set of results, though.

Standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian sensing, traffic sign recognition, e-Call emergency and lane-departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring is also standard on the Elegance trim but optional on the more expensive R-Line model.

A three-year or 60,000-mile warranty comes with every Arteon Shooting Brake, which is the bare minimum you’d hope to get with a new car. Volkswagen finished in 20th place out of 31 manufacturers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey but the Arteon didn’t feature specifically.

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Overview

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.

  • Generally comfortable ride
  • Well equipped
  • Strong engines including the eHybrid plug-in option
  • Pricier and not as quite as practical as the Volkswagen Passat Estate
  • Premium rivals like the BMW 3 Series Touring are smarter inside
  • Relatively steep depreciation
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