Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake doesn’t have the premium badges of its Audi A5 Sportback and Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake rivals, but it also undercuts the Audi and matches the smaller Mercedes at the lower end of its model range. It’s pricier than a VW Passat, though, and if you ascend to the Arteon’s higher trim levels and quicker engines it can get very expensive indeed.
Our recommended 2.0 TSI 190 engine, combined with one of the lower trim levels, looks good value compared with its Audi, BMW and Jaguar rivals, though. Its CO2 emissions are on the high side, so company car users might want to consider the TDI 150 due to its lower benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax.
There are three trim levels to choose from (not including the high-performance R-Line model), all of which are well equipped. We’d stick with entry-level SE Nav because it keeps the price down but still has a long list of goodies, including adaptive cruise control, 17in alloy wheels and front and rear climate control.
We would, though, understand if you wanted to jump up to Elegance trim for the rear-view camera, keyless entry and 18in wheels. R-Line replaces some of Elegance’s useful trim with sportier styling, so we’d avoid it.
Standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian sensing, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning. You can add blindspot monitoring and a feature called Emergency Assist, which will bring the car to a controlled stop, taking over the steering, if the driver becomes unresponsive. It's standard on Elegance models equipped with an automatic gearbox and optional on other trims.
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 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey and, while the Arteon didn’t feature specifically, the closely related Passat finished mid-table for reliability in the executive car class.
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