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Volkswagen’s slinky five-door coupe is a desirable mile-eater

Volkswagen Arteon Coupe (17 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £37,040 - £53,580
Lease from new From £464 p/m View lease deals
Used price £14,840 - £41,910
Used monthly cost From £370 per month
Fuel Economy 30.7 - 256.8 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £490
Insurance group 21 - 33 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Glamorous five-door coupe
  • Loads of space for people and luggage
  • Generous standard equipment
  • Great on the motorway

CONS

  • Ride is too stiff in R-Line form
  • Can’t match premium rivals’ image
  • No fully electric option
  • Not so great on B-roads

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Written by Murray Scullion on

Is the Volkswagen Arteon any good?

Yes, it's very good. Especially so if your head wants a Volkswagen Passat but your heart finds it tedious. The Arteon is a refreshingly sleek and purposeful five-door coupe, meaning it's basically a saloon with a more practical hatchback boot and a sloping coupe shape.

It's a potent formula and one that really works in the metal. VW has aided the Arteon's desirability factor by adding some pretty and bright metallic paint options like Kings Red and Kingfisher Blue.

There are six engine choices, but only three trim levels. This is because VW is offering buyers plug-in hybrid, petrol, or diesel methods of propulsion, but keeping things simple with a base spec level, a sportier-looking model, and finally, an actually sporty R trim level.

There's not a dud specification among them. All are relaxed and comfortable, while the plug-in offers a decent turn of pace too.

Challengers for your money include the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, its in-house rival the Audi A5 Sportback, and the good-looking Peugeot 508. These are five-door fastbacks, like the Arteon, but you might also want to consider the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Read the Volkswagen Arteon verdict

What's it like inside?

Inside it's nowhere near as bold as the outside. It's well-made but ultimately somber, much like the VW Passat it's based on. Both cars share the dashboard and major controls, which is a shame because the Arteon's exterior looks so much more special.

A facelift in 2021 introduced a raft of small changes that help separate the two models. The Arteon now gets touch-sensitive controls for the climate control system based on the same system used in the Golf 8. It looks more modern and cohesive, while matching the new touch-sensitive controls for the stereo and cruise control system mounted to the steering wheel.

The infotainment can be clunky and clumsy, while those touch-sensitive controls will take a while to get used to. Otherwise it's business as usual with extensive use of high-quality materials and grey trim giving this car a very purposeful and businesslike air on the inside.

Read more on the Volkswagen Arteon interior

What's it like to drive?

There are three petrols, two diesels, and a plug-in hybrid to choose from. The petrols range from 150-320hp, while the diesels are 150hp or 200hp.

The plug-in hybrid combines a petrol engine and an electric motor to make 218hp.

All models come with an automatic gearbox, except for the lower-powered petrol, which can be specced with a six-speed manual. Four-wheel drive is on offer, but you'll need to choose a diesel.

All Arteons share a relaxed ride with light steering. Most importantly, the Arteon is a great motorway muncher, settling down to a quiet and unfussy canter at 70mph.

Sitting at the top of the range is the 320hp Arteon R. We're yet to sample this yet.

Read more on how the Volkswagen Arteon drives

What models and trims are available?

Model levels are easy to understand because there are only three. All are well-equipped. Even the base Elegance is packed with pretty-much everything you could want.

Elegance is the cheaper of the two and is bristling with tech as standard. Equipment includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Adaptive Cruise Control, keyless entry, and hands free boot opening.

R-Line cars are designed to make the Arteon look a bit sportier. They receive larger 19-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, and controllable interior ambient lighting.

The hot R model is the most expensive and fastest Arteon. It can complete a 0-62mph sprint in less than five seconds thanks to four-wheel drive, while it also utilises configurable suspension settings.

What else should I know?

June 2020 saw a major facelift to the Arteon range. This included minor visual changes, but the real talking point was the addition of a plug-in hybrid and the sharply styled shooting brake, essentially a estate version.

Read our Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake review

Some colours are distinct to the trim levels. It's worth having a play on the configurator before you buy.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Volkswagen Arteon including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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