Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake review

Category: Executive car

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The entry-level 148bhp 1.5 TSI 150 petrol is fine if you’re on a budget, but our pick of the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake range is the 2.0 TSI 190 petrol. Its bigger capacity and fulsome 187bhp poke means it pulls strongly from below 2000rpm and zips you from 0-62mph in as little as 7.9sec (a second quicker than the 1.5 TSI 150).

If you’re a company car driver, may we suggest the 1.4 TSI e-Hybrid. It has a 1.4-litre petrol engine boosted by an electric motor that’s powered by a small, 13kWh battery mounted under the boot floor. In total, there’s 215bhp available, so it’s a quick car. The 0-62mph sprint time is identical to the 2.0 TSI 190, but the real benefit of this plug-in hybrid is its ability to travel on electric power alone – for up to 38 miles (WLTP) on a single charge.

Speaking of engine noise, all the Arteon’s engines are generally smooth and quiet. The petrols are especially so, but even the diesels could hardly be called rowdy and the hybrid is clearly the quietest of the lot when running in electric mode.

The manual gearbox allows easy gear changes and the dual-clutch automatics are slick most of the time, but jerkier in town traffic than some rivals – the automatic offering in the 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate tend to be smoother. Road and wind noise on the motorway are both well suppressed, but for the quietest estate car for this kind of cash buy the supremely unobtrusive Audi A4 Avant.

The A4 Avant also offers the best ride in the class, but only if you opt for the smallest diameter wheels. The same piece of advice applies if you want the best ride from your Arteon Shooting Brake, because larger 19in or 20in wheels will lead to more thudding over potholes. Stick to the smaller wheels, though, and its soft suspension is pleasantly wafty (rather like the Volkswagen Passat Estate and Volvo V60), riding the highs and lows of town and country roads with good grace.

Things can get slightly loose in terms of body control over any really undulating parts, which is where the optional adaptive suspension (DCC) comes to the rescue, which you can firm up at the touch of a button. The R model has this as standard and a much tauter set up to begin with, which is in line with its sportier brief. It’s never too jarring, though.

The R, with its four-wheel drive, is super tractable but nothing like as agile and fun to drive as the M340i Touring. And that theme applies to the rest of the Arteon Shoot Brake range. That reasonably squidgy suspension allows a fair bit of body lean in corners, but once you’re past that there’s tonnes of grip to exploit, as well as precise, well-weighted steering. But, if you’re after something really invigorating to drive, then there’s little to touch the finely balanced 3 Series Touring.

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