Volkswagen Arteon review

Category: Executive car

Section: Performance & drive

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol
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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 TSI 190 is predicted to be the big seller, and it’s easy to see why. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox seamlessly shuffles through gears on the move and its quick shifts help it to sprint from 0-62mph in 7.8sec. It pulls strongly from below 2000rpm, remaining hushed when you’re cruising and smooth when pushed harder. In fact, our only grumble is a bit of low speed jerkiness on occasion, but this is a fleeting and not too frustrating experience.

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, with the 2.0 TDI 150 making even lighter work of things. As for the punchiest TDI 200 diesel, 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, which, combined with soft suspension, makes this a comfortable mile-muncher. Our R-Line test car didn’t have the adaptive suspension that’s standard on Elegance trim, leaving you with a ride that’s for the most part pleasantly wafty, with slightly loose body control over undulating country roads. Sadly, potholes and ridges generate a bit of a thud from the suspension, although it generally sounds worse than it feels.

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

However, as capable as the Arteon is, keener drivers will be better served by the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé and Jaguar XE. It does, though, offer steering that’s well-weighted and precise – if not as feelsome as the XE’s or the 4 Series’s. Four-wheel drive is available, but only on the most potent diesel as an option, or hot R as standard.

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