VW Arteon

VW Arteon information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Volkswagen's range-topper. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Arteon car range. 

Background

The VW Arteon is the replacement for the Passat CC - a swooping five-door executive hatchback to sit at the top of the Wolfsburg range. For more information on the Arteon, click on our further stories on the links below.

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This is yet another spin on the Volkswagen MQB architecture, which means it shares the oily and electrical bits with the Golf and Passat families. But only the punchiest engines and transmissions are offered in the Arteon, including the 276bhp all-wheel drive powertrain more usually found in the Golf R. The standard of build and materials is very high quality - and this is a roomy, family-friendly kind of executive car. The tailgate adds a useful degree of practicality, too. To drive? Well... as our VW Arteon review below summarises, it's incredibly polished, rapid enough and packed full of safety gear. Is it interesting, or fun? Not really. The Arteon's biggest weakness is its identikit formula. It's a bit too Volkswagen by numbers for its own good.

The one we’d buy

VW Arteon 2.0 TSI 280 suits the grand touring brief

The one we’d avoid like the plague

The Arteon 2.0 TDI is noisier and slower than the petrol

Rivals to consider

Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 4-series Gran Coupe, Kia Stinger

For

Safety equipment, polished interior, quality throughout, an accomplished - if anodyne - drive

Against

High prices, lacks fun, a bit too Volkswagen by numbers

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