Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 TSI R-Line 5dr Review

Category: Coupé

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £36,165What Car? Target Price£30,550
Review

The Volkswagen Arteon is good to drive, stylish and amazingly practical when considered in the company of other coupés, and even some saloons in the executive car class. It's not as dynamic to drive as a BMW 3 or 4 Series or as beautifully finished inside as an Audi A4 or A5, but it is comfortable, well equipped and relatively affordable to run as a private or company car. Just make sure you get a good deal if you're paying outright because the depreciation is worse than anything with a premium badge.

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This trim is really about racier detailing inside and out, but you also get privacy glass, ambient interior lighting, 19in alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof. It's expensive and you lose the blind-spot monitoring and rear-view camera that comes with the cheaper Elegance trim.

The 148bhp 1.5 TSI 150 petrol is the obvious engine option. It's the cheapest version to buy and will officially average 45mpg but can power the big Arteon from 0-62mph in 8.9sec, which is plenty quick enough. It makes light work of motorway jaunts or fast, flowing country roads and proves flexible when you don't rev it hard and free-revving when you do. Comes only with a six-speed manual gearbox.  


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.9 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

42.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

563

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

149

g/km

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