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MOTORING


Sleek Arteon breaks the mould


The Volkswagen Arteon is essentially a Passat, but it’s longer, lower and wider, with a distinctive coupe-like taper towards the boot – giving it a glitzier, sleeker profile. Motoring journalist Nick Jones finds out if this new upmarket appearance works and how it pitches against some tough rivals.


There’s something very imposing about the Arteon, something more svelte and polished than that of the Passat. I really liked the Passat CC, yet the Arteon raises the bar far higher in many departments. As you can imagine, you have a


plethora of VW engines to choose from for your Arteon but mine here is the one that is likely to be the most popular – the 2.0-litre TDI that produces 150 brake horsepower (hp). Should your lust for more horses overtake you, one can have a 190hp version, or there’s even the same engine with 236hp – courtesy of a couple of turbochargers instead of just the one in the others. You can also specify 4Motion in


the higher-output engines across the range. Should a petrol engine be more customary to you, then you can have a 1.5-litre TSI with 150 horses, or two 2-litre versions that produce 190hp and 280hp respectively. The Arteon is a very relaxed


cruiser, and it delivers good mid- range punch with more than adequate overtaking prowess from


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the brilliant seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. It rides well for a big car and is compliant enough to cope with many of the undulations on the roads – more so on the smooth motorway tarmac. Entry-level Elegance trim is


impressive, with lots of standard kit. The seats are quite supportive and comfortable, and on two lengthy trips I returned with no hint of a twinge. Visibility is good when looking ahead and, as it has the Passat’s dashboard, everything is placed logically and is easy to see and use. The Arteon’s infotainment is


pretty cool. The menus are easy to scroll through, and the 12.3-inch TFT screen has VW’s Active Info Display as standard. Sat Nav maps and radio icons, together with phone contacts, are comfortably pleasing on the eye. But it’s in the rear that the


Arteon really scores over its rivals. It has good head room for sure, but the leg room is simply astounding; and you can get three adults abreast quite easily. And further aft still, the boot is huge with a wide


aperture and a long way back until you see the back of the rear seats. Fold those down flat, however, and it provides nearly two metres from the boot lip until the rear of the front seats. The Arteon doesn’t attract much


attention, as folk think it’s just a Passat, but how wrong they are – it’s a cut above. Only the trained eye will notice that unique, low- profile and wider track. The Arteon may not have a premium badge, but it delivers premium quality.


FACTFILE


MODEL Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI


PRICE OTR From £33,110


PERFORMANCE Top speed: 136 mph 0-60 mph: 9.1 seconds


CO2 EMISSIONS 116g/km


COMBINED MPG 58.9 mpg


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