So there you are, sitting in the Volkswagen showroom opposite your salesperson’s broad smile and Polo-white teeth, just about to sign on the line for a 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 a 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? Read on and we’ll guide you through all the details.