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Volkswagen Arteon review

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Volkswagen Arteon
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7 Jun 2017 08:36 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 16:47

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

It may not have a premium badge, but the Arteon isn’t an overtly cheap cash buy next to rivals that do. And while it is currently predicted to hold respectable resale values, its PCP finance payments are much higher than those of the BMW 4 Series and Audi A5 Sportback, but less than the Jaguar XE's.

Because list price has a bearing on company car tax, even though the Arteon’s engines are relatively clean, monthly benefit-in-kind payments on the better-performing but pricier 2.0-litre engines don’t look super-cheap. For that reason these are better suited for private buyers who don't do vast annual mileages - although fuel consumption is generally on a par or better than rivals'. For business buyers, the 1.5 TSI manual provides the lowest company car tax payments.

There are two trim levels to choose from, and both are extremely well equipped. We’d stick with entry-level Elegance, which gets you features including a 12.3in digital instrument screen, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, 18in alloys, keyless start, front and rear climate control, nappa leather seat trim and heated front seats. A few options you might want to add are adaptive dampers, keyless entry with electric tailgate operation, metallic paint and a rear-view camera. R-line is a sportier offering, adding bigger wheels and rear privacy glass.

Euro NCAP awarded the Arteon its maximum five-star safety rating. We've poked into the finer details of those tests and found the Arteon scored very well in each individual category – there are no glaring weaknesses in adult, child or pedestrian protection and its safety systems work well, too.

As standard, safety kit includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian sensing, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning. You can add blindspot monitoring and a feature called Emergency Assist, which will bring the car to a controlled stop, including steering, if the driver becomes unresponsive.

 

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Verdict

It’s a little pricey but the VW Arteon is good to drive, stylish and amazingly practical next to other coupés and even some saloons in the class

  • Strong engines
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Huge interior space and boot
  • Pricey on PCP finance
  • Auto 'box jerky in traffic
  • Lacks badge prestige
There are 2 trims available for the Arteon hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
Elegance
It may be the entry-level trim but look what you get: LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, 18in alloy wheels, four-way electric lumbar support, swish ambient interior lighting, nappa leather se...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£29,955
Average Saving £2,790
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R Line
This sportier trim adds larger 19in alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, contrasting seat stitching with carbonfibre-effect seat trim and R-line styling details inside and out...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£30,671
Average Saving £2,859
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