So there you are, sat in the Volkswagen showroom opposite your salesperson’s broad smile and Polo-white teeth, just about to sign on the line for your new Passat. But then, out of the corner of your eye, you spy something glinting away. It looks like a Passat, yet it’s glitzier, sleeker, and altogether more you. Ah yes, that would be the Arteon.
The Arteon is essentially a Passat, but it's slightly longer, lower and wider, with a distinctive coupé-like roofline that tapers smoothly into the boot, giving it an altogether swankier, more upmarket appearance.
And that's exactly the way Volkswagen pitches it: an upmarket car to rival the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé. Like those two, the Arteon retains the practical four-door layout of the saloon upon which it’s based, so along with style comes almost as much practicality.
But let’s return to that showroom scenario: should you go with your head and sign up for the Passat, or your heart and swap to the Arteon - or indeed one of its aforementioned rivals? Well, the Arteon won’t arrive until later this year and Volkswagen is yet to finalise all the details, but we’ve driven it in Germany. Read on and we’ll guide you through what we know so far.