2018 Volkswagen Arteon review
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2018 Volkswagen Arteon review

We take a look at Volkswagen’s latest premium saloon, which is a spiritual successor to the Passat CC.

Introduction

As one of the latest models to join the Volkswagen line-up, the Arteon has entered at the premium end of the German manufacturer’s range – offering comfort and style.

Although it isn’t touted as such, the Arteon has been introduced as a replacement for the Passat CC, and the new sleek saloon comes with a modern design to try and lure people away from high-end rivals.

Volkswagen also wanted to ensure the model came with the latest technology, and the Arteon comes with autonomous features to make driving easier.

But can the Arteon be a worthy competitor in the high-end executive saloon market? We take a look…

Performance

Under the bonnet of our test vehicle was the middle-of-the-range diesel – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit developing 187bhp and 400Nm of torque. It was paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive – though the Arteon is also available with optional 4Motion all-wheel drive.

With that powertrain combination, the Arteon can get from 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 148mph – about what you would expect from an executive saloon. The gearbox can feel a bit sluggish at times – especially under heavy acceleration – but the power delivery is smooth and you’ll find cruising very easy to get into.

Ride & Handling

Thankfully, the Arteon performs as you would expect – weighty steering at normal speeds so you can place it properly on the road and a slightly firm ride due to the larger alloy wheels every model is specced with.

One thing you do become conscious of while driving it is that it isn’t a small car, and you often feel that on narrower roads where the Arteon feels quite large. But the overall experience of the Arteon is one of refinement, as Volkswagen has worked hard on reducing wind and road noise, while ensuring the suspension isn’t too sharp so you can get comfortable on your journeys.

Interior & Equipment

Space-wise, the Arteon is quite impressive as you will find plenty of legroom in the front and back so that getting comfortable won’t be difficult. Headroom can feel a bit compromised however, as the sloping roof can encroach on space above you. You will struggle fit three across the back, but two adults should be fine on the rear seats.

The boot space is great, too, as the squared-off compartment offers 563 litres with all the seats in place. Fold the rear seats down and you’ll find 1,557 litres of room – plenty for most circumstances.

Available in two trims – Elegance and R-Line – the Arteon has a high level of equipment as standard, with features such as 18-inch alloys, dynamic chassis control, chrome effect detailing, LED headlights and daytime running lights, a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, leather upholstery, stainless steel pedals, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, parking sensors and a 12.3-inch instrument display.

Standard safety systems include adaptive cruise control with emergency braking, road recognition and traffic jam assist, driver alert system, lane assist, pedestrian monitoring and speed limiter.

The R-Line trim only offers cosmetic upgrades and make the Arteon slightly sportier with a lower ride height, larger alloys and a special body kit.

Cost

Prices for the Arteon start from £31,100 for the Elegance TSI 1.5, which does undercut many of its key rivals – including the Audi A5 Sportback. In the spec we tested, the Arteon cost £36,255 – what you would expect for a car with this level of equipment and quality.

For running costs, the Arteon we drove has a quoted fuel economy of 60.1mpg and emissions of 122g/km CO2 – meaning that the model won’t be that expensive to run if you get close to the quoted figure.

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Verdict

If you’re after a long range cruiser that’s a bit different from the Audi, BMW and Mercedes models that have placed a monopoly on the segment, then the Arteon could be for you. The equipment levels are truly excellent and the ride is comfortable so that you can get settled in the car. The engine range is limited, but they are efficient to run on the whole, meaning the Arteon is worth the investment.

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