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 mid-range 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake TSI 190 is predicted to be the big seller, and it’s easy to see why. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox shuffles seamlessly through the gears and its quick shifts help it sprint from 0-62mph in 7.8sec. It pulls strongly from below 2000rpm, remaining hushed when you’re cruising and smooth when pushed harder. Our only grumble is some fleeting low-speed jerkiness on occasions.

In contrast, the 148bhp 2.0 TDI 150 is more vocal at idle and when accelerating but settles down into a background hum at a cruise. Plenty of low-down pull gets you up to motorway speeds reasonably swiftly, with enough left in reserve to maintain your desired speed with ease. So capable is this engine in the real world, that it makes spending extra on the TDI 200 seem wasteful.

We’re yet to try the other engines on offer, although we know that the 1.5 TSI 150 can easily power the bigger Skoda Superb Estate so it should be fine for city-dwellers with urban commutes. As for the 316bhp R and eHybrid plug-in, we’ll be updating this review as soon as we’ve driven them.

Wind and road noise are well contained, making this a comfortable mile-muncher when you factor in the Arteon Shooting Brake's soft suspension. Ride comfort is for the most part pleasantly wafty, with slightly loose body control over undulating country roads.

Sadly, if larger 19in or 20in wheels are fitted, potholes and ridges generate a thud from the suspension, with particularly vicious ones sending a shimmy through the car, even when paired with adaptive suspension (standard on 1.4 plug-in hybrid models but optional on all other versions). We’d suggest you stick with smaller 17in or 18in wheels if you can.

Squidgy springs allow a fair bit of body lean, although once you get past it you’ll find tonnes of grip that you can exploit easily, thanks to the precise and well-weighted steering. The Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake’s variable-ratio set-up requires only two rotations to get from lock to lock, getting faster the more you turn the wheel. It's predictable and easy to judge and makes manoeuvring a cinch.

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