VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON SHOOTING BRAKE 1.4 TSI eHybrid R Line 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.8s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

Volkswagen's sleek Arteon Shooting Brake offers a sleek, yet still very practical alternative to style-conscious compact executive segment models like Audi's A5 Sportback and BMW's 4 Series Gran Coupe. It's a high class stylised estate that doesn't need a ridiculously expensive boot lid badge to stand out. And a very desirable one indeed.

SHOOT FOR THE STARS

Volkswagen's Arteon Shooting Brake offers a fresh option for customers in the mid-sized executive segment seeking something a little different. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's sleek Arteon Shooting Brake offers a sleek, yet still very practical alternative to style-conscious compact executive segment models like Audi's A5 Sportback and BMW's 4 Series Gran Coupe. It's a high class stylised estate that doesn't need a ridiculously expensive boot lid badge to stand out. And a very desirable one indeed.

Background

The Shooting Brake. It's the kind of upper class, stylised sports estate coupe, first popularised by three-door models in the '70s like the Volvo P1800ES and the Jaguar XJS-based Lynx Eventer. A concept then resurrected in 2015 by a Mercedes with the CLS Shooting Brake and subsequent CLA Shooting Brake models. Now we've this car, the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake, like its predecessors, setting out to combine the visual elegance of a coupe with the practicality of an estate. If you happen to be familiar with the Volkswagen Arteon at all, it'll be as a Fastback, a five-door Gran Turismo-like body style that continues to be sold. The Shooting Brake model aims to broaden the Arteon's appeal, which needs doing because it hasn't sold in very large numbers since its arrival in 2018. The Shooting Brake joined the range as the line-up was facelifted in mid-2020 and as with its Fastback stablemate, can be had in conventional guise, as an EV eHybrid plug-in or as a sporting Arteon R model.

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 Shooting Brake 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 Shooting Brake body style is the same width and length as the Fastback Arteon but is 19mm taller with a flatter, longer roofline that creates this variant's unique rear end with its angled tailgate, tapering glasshouse and prominent D-pillars. The result of all that is that inside, you get more headroom, 17mm more up-front and 48mm more in the rear. There's also bigger 565-litre boot - though bear in mind the capacity falls by 110-litres in the eHybrid PHEV variant due to the battery pack beneath the floor. Fold the rear seats in the conventionally engined models and there's up to 1632-litres of space available. This Shooting Brake model does of course share the visual updates made to the Fastback variant, which include a restyled grille, revised LED headlights and smarter alloy wheel designs. At the wheel, it all feels much classier than a Passat. This updated Arteon gets 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.

Market and Model

There's a premium of around £800 to choose this Shooting Brake body style rather than the Fastback variant. Shooting brake prices start at around £33,000. Across the range, there are three trim levels - 'SE Nav' (for the hatch model only), then 'Elegance' and 'R-Line' for both body styles. Plus there's a top of the range high performance R variant. '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 Shooting Brake is extremely class-competitive in terms of WLTP running costs. The 2.0 TDI 150PS variant that most will choose manages up to 58.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 136g/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 179g/km. Insurance groups range between 21E-27E. 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

We can quickly envisage a situation where most Arteon sales are of this Shooting Brake model. It's more distinctive, not only than its Fastback showroom stablemate but also than most other stylised mid-sized executive sector models that potential customers will be looking at around this price point. Most probably either the Audi A5 Sportback or the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Or perhaps estate versions of the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 or the Mercedes C-Class. Would rather have an Arteon Shooting Brake than any of those. It's more practical, better equipped for the money and arguably better built. And most of all, people will take a second glance at it - in a good way. No one you know will properly have this car on their shortlist in this segment. But add it anyway. And make your driveway a more distinctive place.

  • Rain sensor
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Heat insulating side and rear windows
  • Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4x interval delay

  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and Electromechanical brake booster
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front disc brakes
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist
  • Rear disc brakes

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Voice activation for telephone and navigation
  • App connect including wireless CarPlay

  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter, front assist (reacting vehicles pedestrian and cyclists) and follow to stop
  • Travel assist - Lane keeping assist and traffic jam assist
  • Camera for warning system
  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Driver profile selection including ECO function
  • Progressive steering

  • Press and drive key
  • Hands free boot opening

  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and exterior temperature gauge
  • eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
  • Digital cockpit with 10.25" high resolution TFT display screen with customisable menus and information

  • Body coloured top and matt black lower door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Electric folding door mirror, adjustable, heated with front passenger exterior mirror lowering function
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror

  • Aluminium decorative inserts
  • Chrome trim on lower doors in front and rear
  • Leatherette insert on door and side trim panel in foam film
  • Piano black decorative inserts in centre console

  • Start/stop function with battery regeneration

  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility

  • Front and rear stainless steel door sill protection
  • Left and right chrome effect trapezoid dummy exhaust tailpipe surrounds
  • R Line design body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Panoramic sunroof with tilting and sliding including integrated roller blind
  • Chrome plated radiator grille inserts and light switch surrounds

  • LED rear number plate lights
  • LED rear combination lamp with dynamic indicators
  • Rear fog lamp on one side and reversing lamp on both sides
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • High level 3rd brake light

  • Air care climatronic 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation

  • Removable luggage compartment cover
  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket on rear of front centre armrest
  • Black roof lining
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Chrome trim on upper and lower air vents extending across cockpit

  • Front footwell illumination
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • 30 colours interior ambient light
  • Two LED front reading light

  • Three point height adjust front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Warning triangle
  • Two tone horn
  • Front side airbags with curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Warning buzzer for seatbelts if unfastened
  • Driver airbag and front passenger airbags with deactivation switch including driver knee airbags
  • Pro active occupant protection to detect critical situations with elevated accident potential from the front

  • 60:40 split folding rear seat backrests with centre armrest
  • Front sports comfort seats
  • Split folding front seat backrest with front centre armrest
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation easy fit for two outer rear seats

  • Keyless entry system including start/stop button on centre console
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Alarm with interior protection with deactivation via infotainment system

  • Driver and front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 213
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 13
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 55
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb: 16.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.86
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 34

  • CO2 (g/km): 33
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 32

  • CC: 1395
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 6.3

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Badge Power: 218
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: R Line
  • Coin Description: TSI eHybrid
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - BHP: 218
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.8
  • Top Speed: 138
  • Engine Power - KW: 160
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1550
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R19
  • Wheel Style: MONTEVIDEO
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1462
  • Length: 4866
  • Width: 1871
  • Wheelbase: 2839

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1734
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2290
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 556
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 590
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9

  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted: Included
  • Heat insulating glass windscreen: Included
  • Heated infrared reflecting front climate windscreen: £355

  • Luggage compartment mat: £60

  • Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) - Adjustable dampers lowered by 15mm: Included
  • Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) - Adjustable dampers lowered by 20mm: £0

  • Area view including rear view camera: £800
  • Rear view camera: £380
  • Park assist system with front and rear parking sensor: £300
  • Side scan lane change assist including rear cross traffic alert: £535
  • Front and rear parking sensor with ultrasonic, audible with audio volume reduction when activated, optical parking display via vehicle infotain system: Included

  • Head up Display: £520
  • Discover navigation pro with 9.2'" colour touchscreen including streaming and internet, 3D map view, DAB and Traffic sign recognition: £630
  • Discover nav with 8" colour screen + streaming and internet, FM/DAB, USB-C socket, title/cover art disp, bluetooth,8 speakers and we connect plus prep: Included

  • Metallic paint: £640
  • Pearlescent paint: £640
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £390
  • Signature metallic paint: £1,015

  • LED headlamps: Included
  • IQ.LED headlight with LED daytime running lights + dynamic cornering and advanced high beam control, poor weather light for rain, fog and snow: £1,160
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function and daytime running lights: Included
  • High beam assist with automatic sensing for switching between dipped and main beam: Included

  • 3 spoke leather wrapped multi-function sports steering wheel with touch control: Included
  • 3 spoke heated leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel with touch control and shifting paddles: £145
  • R-Line Art velour vienna leather upholstery: Included
  • Nappa leather upholstery with side bolster and headrest: £1,510
  • Jack and tool kit: £15

  • Acoustics pack - Arteon: £300
  • Smoking pack - Arteon: £35
  • Assistance plus pack - Arteon R-Line: £970

  • Metallic - Kings red: £640
  • Metallic - Manganese grey: £640
  • Metallic - Pyrite Silver: £640

  • Pearl - Deep black: £640

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £390
  • Signature metallic - Oryx white pearl: £1,015

  • Front precrash preventive occupant protection: Included
  • Rear precrash preventive occupant protection: £145
  • Tyre pressure monitor: £165
  • Outer rear seat side airbags with curtain airbag system: £365
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints: Included

  • 14way electric adj front seats with lumbar + ergoComfort driver seat with memory/massage, comfort entry,integrated front headrest + door mirror memory: £1,150
  • Heated outer rear seats with air conditioning controls, 2 USB interfaces and 230v socket: £790
  • Power adjustable lumbar support on right front seat: Included
  • 6 way electric adjustable ergoComfort driver seat with electric adjustable backrest: Included

  • Towbar swivelling with electric release: £850

  • XDS electronic differential lock: £200

  • Nappa leather - Carbon style with side bolster and headrest: £1,510
  • R-Line Art velour vienna leather - Titan black: £0

  • 19" Montevideo alloy wheels with Airstop tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 20" Nashville alloy wheels with Airstop tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £390
  • 20" Rosario dark graphite matt alloy wheels with Airstop tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £490

  • Space and weight saving spare wheel: £100
  • Alloy spare wheel with original equipment tyre: £440
  • Tyre mobility kit: Included

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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