VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON DIESEL FASTBACK 2.0 TDI SCR 190 Elegance 5dr 4MOTION DSG

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2157 g/km

Volkswagen's sleek Arteon was launched as a Gran Turismo-style five-door hatch model in 2017 to head up the brand's range but it's remained a rare sight on our roads. Now it's been revised, there's the option of a 'Shooting Brake'-style estate and plug-in hybrid tech is available too, plus there's a top performance Arteon R variant.

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Volkswagen's Arteon continues to have lofty aspirations. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's sleek Arteon was launched as a Gran Turismo-style five-door hatch model in 2017 to head up the brand's range but it's remained a rare sight on our roads. Now it's been revised, there's the option of a 'Shooting Brake'-style estate and plug-in hybrid tech is available too, plus there's a top performance Arteon R variant.

Background

Uniqueness is a quality you usually have to pay royally for, especially when it comes to cars affordable enough for you and I to consider. Once upon a time, drivers seeking it in the Mondeo medium range market would pay a premium for a prestigious badge and feel themselves special with an Audi, a BMW or a Mercedes on the driveway. But in an age where so many now do just that, you begin to wonder these days just how special that would be. So what if uniqueness - specialness - in a car of this kind were to be not in the badge on your keyfob but in the design of the car itself? Something very different from anything else you could buy for the money. Something like this, the Volkswagen Arteon, now much improved. Quite a few of the underpinnings used in this model are borrowed from humbler members of the Volkswagen line-up - but then that's also the case with obvious rivals. It's the dressing that counts, which in this case is very smart indeed and built around a whole raft of efficient high technology. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

The engine range kicks off with a 150PS 1.5 TSI petrol unit with 6-speed manual transmission, but most will want the 2.0 TDI diesel, which in base form comes with 7-speed DSG auto gearboxes and a 150PS output. There's also a high power biturbo 2.0 TDI 200PS diesel option. Alternatively, there's a 190PS 2.0 TSI petrol unit, also with a DSG auto 'box. There are no mild hybrid powertrains because they won't work with this car's MQB platform. Beyond the mainstream powerplants, there are also a couple of engines new to Arteon buyers. The Arteon eHybrid uses the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Passat GTE, a 160PS 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol powerplant mated to a 115PS electric motor giving a combined output of 215PS via a DSG auto gearbox. This plug-in model offers an electric driving range of 33 miles and can run in all electric form at up to 87mph. At the top of the range is the Arteon R, which uses a 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine with 320PS, a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox and an updated 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system. Refinement is excellent, as is ride quality thanks to a specially developed four-link independent rear suspension set-up that can be embellished with a sophisticated 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system. You won't really want to go throwing this Volkswagen about: it isn't really that kind of car. But what it lacks when it comes to driving on its door handles it more than makes up for with exemplary trans-continental-style cruising ability.

Design and Build

The Arteon now comes in either Fastback or Shooting Brake estate forms. The look of the Fastback has been enhanced with a restyled grille, revised LED headlights and new alloy wheel designs. The Shooting Brake version gets a completely separate design from the B-pillar back, with a lengthier roof line, a sleeker glasshouse and pronounced haunches over the rear wheels, plus an angled tailgate. As before, Arteon buyers get frameless doors and a plunging rear roofline, the aesthetics based on the 'Sport Coupe Concept' prototype that Volkswagen showed in Geneva back in 2015. The long bonnet is certainly eye-catching, dipping into the wheelarches and meeting the smartly stylish LED headlights with seamlessly integrate into the wide, horizontal grille, creating a look that Volkswagen says will be seen in many of its next generation models. The five-door coupe roofline of the Fastback is paired with a prominent character line running from the headlights to the tail-lights, creating distinctive shoulder haunches towards the rear. At the wheel, it all looks much classier than a Passat. There's a re-designed dashboard with a smarter upper section, a standard 10.25 inch digital instrument display, a revised steering wheel and Volkswagen's most up-to-date infotainment system, offered either with 8-inch or 9.2-inch touchscreens. In the rear, there's much more passenger space than the current Passat can provide. At first glance, there's not much difference between the body styles when it comes to boot space - 563-litres in the Fastback and 565-litres in the Shooting Brake. Push the rear bench forward and it's 1,557-litres in the Fastback and 1,632-litres in the Shooting Brake. But Volkswagen points out that space above the beltline isn't included in these figures, so the Shooting Brake's load area is actually quite a lot larger.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £32,000 and, for the 2.0 TDI diesel variants most will want, range from around £34,000 up to around £43,000. There's a premium of around £1,100 for the Shooting Brake estate body style that Volkswagen expects will account for the majority of sales. Across the range, there are three trim levels - 'SE Nav' (for the hatch model only), then 'Elegance' and 'R-Line' for both body styles. 'Elegance'-trim models are marked out by their 18-inch 'Almere' alloy wheels and gain keyless entry across both body styles, a rear-view camera and Travel Assist - Volkswagen's adaptive cruise control and lane keeping system. On the inside, the Arteon 'Elegance' benefits from luxuries such as a leather-wrapped capacitive steering wheel with touch controls, heated seats, and voice control, while drivers can also choose between driving profiles for a customisable driving experience. The Arteon 'R-Line' offers distinctive, 19-inch 'Montevideo' alloys, while dual trapezoidal exhaust tips on each side of the bumper are moulded into a standard R-Line body kit, for an assertive, sporting appearance. A sunroof is standard on all 'R-Line' cars, while the Shooting Brake gains a standard-fit panoramic sunroof. Both cars also receive rear tinted glass and interior ambient lighting with 30 colour options. Across the entire range, all Arteon models feature Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), 3Zone climate control, Digital Cockpit, LED headlights, Wireless App Connect and Volkswagen's 'We Connect Plus' package, which adds live data services to the standard 8-inch Discover Navigation system.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the Arteon is extremely class-competitive in terms of WLTP running costs. The 2.0 TDI 150PS variant that most will choose manages up to 57.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 128g/km of WLTP-rated CO2 in DSG auto form - not bad for a 148mph luxury conveyance. For the 190PS 2.0 TSI petrol variant, the figures are 38.2mpg and 168g/km. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your Arteon will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. Plus your car will come with three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance that has no mileage restriction. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and, as you'd expect, this model is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package.

Summary

So, can this improved Arteon really justify its premium pricing? If you can afford it, then I'm guessing you'll think so. The idea of a practically-sized four-door coupe or stylised estate might still sound like a contradiction in terms but it's been interpreted here in a form that's created one of the classiest models that Volkswagen makes. Style, it seems, is not about the badge on your bootlid. But if you're a potential Arteon buyer, then you probably already knew that anyway......

  • Rain sensor
  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
  • Rear tinted glass on rear side windows with 87% and rear windows with 77%
  • Frameless side windows with one touch and convenience opening and closing functions

  • City Emergency Braking in active traffic speeds up to 19mph
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) includes ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
  • Hill start assist
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Part galvanised body
  • Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) - Adjustable dampers lowered by 15mm

  • Streaming and internet
  • Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
  • Car-Net Security and Service

  • Progressive steering
  • Dynamic light assist
  • Driver profile selection
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and speed limiter
  • Lane assist
  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Front Assist with radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system

  • Remote boot unlocking
  • Start/Stop function
  • Press and drive key

  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Think blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Active Info display 12.3" high resolution TFT dash display with customisable menu and information
  • Traffic jam assist
  • 2D/3D map view
  • Analogue clock in the dasboard
  • Warning sound and light for doors and boot lid opening
  • Warning sound and light for front and rear seat belts if unfastened
  • Discover navigation pro with 9.2" touchscreen, integrated voice activation, gesture control, car-net guide and inform plus
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge

  • Matt chrome effect top and matt black lower door mirrors
  • Electric adjust/heated/foldable with auto dimming on driver side, puddle lights on door mirror and reverse activated kerbview adjust on passenger side
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror

  • Piano black centre console

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Misfuel prevention device for diesel engine

  • Driver Personalisation profile selection
  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • Title and cover art display
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • USB interface 3.0 with type C
  • CD/MP3/WMA and SD card reader
  • MDI with USB/iPod connection cables
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Chrome lower door mouldings
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Side skirts with chrome inserts
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome trim on radiator grille louvres
  • Chrome trim on lower bumpers
  • LED tinted rear light clusters with dynamic indicators
  • Emergency release function in rear tailgate
  • Chrome trim headlights extending into the radiator grille
  • Elegance lettering on side fender vents
  • Front and rear stainless steel door sill protection

  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency braking
  • LED headlights with separate daytime running lights
  • Dynamic cornering lights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED number plate light
  • Headlight range control
  • Headlight washers
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor

  • 3 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation

  • USB charging point
  • Mistral headliner
  • 4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • 2 bag hooks in luggage compartment
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Glovebox
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Aluminium finish interior door handles
  • 12V socket on rear of front centre armrest
  • Storage compartments in luggage area left and right
  • 12V socket in storage compartment with soft touch opening cover
  • Light strips below trim in front doors and dashboard
  • 12V socket in centre console storage area
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment, longitudinal and height adjustable and two rear air vents
  • Aluminium trim on upper and lower air vents extending across cockpit
  • Rear load through provision with 2 cup holders in armrest when folded down
  • Removable luggage compartment cover
  • Stainless steel footrest and pedals
  • Storage compartment with soft touch opening cover in centre console
  • Storage compartment in drivers and front passengers door

  • 2 reading lights front and rear with interior delay and dimming function
  • Front footwell ambient lighting
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function

  • Active bonnet
  • Pedestrian monitor
  • Proactive passenger protection system
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Two tone horn
  • Warning triangle
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Drivers and front passengers airbags with passengers deactivation switch
  • 3 rear three-point seat belts with tensioners on outer seats
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • Outer rear seat side impact airbags

  • Height adjustable 3 rear head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation easy fit for two outer rear seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat with armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Front seatback pockets

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Alarm with interior protection

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Full size alloy spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 124
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 157

  • Engine Code: DFHA
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.2:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 81
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 95.5
  • CC: 1968

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.5

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 27E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 80000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 60
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 82
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: Elegance
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1900
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.8
  • Top Speed: 145
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 2127
  • Height: 1450
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4862
  • Width: 1871
  • Wheelbase: 2837

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1725
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2250
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 563
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 525
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1557
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9

  • Heated front climate windscreen: £320

  • Reversible mat for luggage compartment: £50

  • Rear view camera: £330
  • Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors: £660
  • Front and rear parking sensor with ultrasonic, audible with audio volume reduction when activated and optical parking display via vehicle audio system: Included
  • Area view including rear view camera: £800
  • Emergency assist including lane change and pre crash rear proactive occupant protection: £550
  • Side assist plus with rear traffic alert: £525

  • Fully electric tailgate + keyless entry and start: £920

  • Head up Display: £510

  • Daytona brush - Brushed aluminium decorative inserts in dash and door panels: Included
  • Silver birch dash and door trim inserts: £0
  • Fine Line inserts in dash and door panels: £0

  • 8 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £640
  • Pearlescent paint: £640
  • Special solid paint: £390
  • Panoramic sunroof: £960
  • Signature premium paint: £1,055

  • 3 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel including paddle shift: £150
  • 3 spoke multifunction leather steering wheel including paddle shift: Included

  • Acoustics pack - Arteon: £550
  • Smoking pack - Arteon: £35
  • Dynaudio confidence soundpack - Arteon: £1,010

  • Metallic - Turmeric Yellow: £640
  • Metallic - Manganese grey: £640
  • Metallic - Pyrite Silver: £640

  • Pearl - Deep black: £640

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £390
  • Signature premium - Oryx white pearl: £1,055

  • Tyre pressure monitor: £140

  • Heated outer rear seats: £900
  • Electric lumbar support with massage function to driver seat: £290
  • 14 way electric driver seats with memory and massage function + seat cushion depth adjustment + smart comfort entry + driver's door mirror memory: £1,000
  • 12 way electric front seats and active front climate seat with driver memory + massage function + smart comfort entry with power adjust lumbar support: £1,050
  • Ergo comfort seat with 6 way electric adjust driver seat and 4 way lumbar, manual height adjust + passenger manual height adjust and 2 way lumbar: Included

  • Keyless entry: £480

  • Towbar with electric swivel function: £920

  • XDS electronic differential lock: £200

  • Nappa leather - Grigio: £0
  • Nappa leather - Mistral grey/Raven grey: £0
  • Nappa leather - Valencia brown: £0
  • Nappa leather - Titan black: £0

  • 18" Almere Adamantium alloy wheels with self sealing Airstop tyres + anti-theft wheel bolt: £110
  • 18" Almere Black alloy wheels with self sealing Airstop tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £110
  • 18" Muscat Black alloy wheels with self sealing Airstop tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 19" Chennai Adamantium alloy wheels with self sealing Airstop tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £400
  • 19" Chennai alloy wheels with self sealing Airstop tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £400

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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