Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.2 - 7.7 mpp
Diesel engines 6.1 - 9.9 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 36.8 - 43.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 30.7 - 45.6 mpg
Diesel engines 36.7 - 60.1 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 217.3 - 256.8 mpg
  • Good but not outstanding fuel economy
  • VW servicing not the cheapest - but long intervals
  • Strong resale values

How much is it going to cost to run?

This broadly depends on which model you go for and how many miles you cover. Most Arteons have good fuel economy results thanks to turbocharging, while the plug-in hybrid model can really reduce running costs if you charge from home at night.

Strong residual values and list prices that undercut some of the upmarket competition mean that monthly payments for those taking out PCP finance are impressively low. While the Volkswagen badge may not have the cachet of Mercedes or BMW equivalents, in most cases finance costs are lower with the Arteon than the alternatives – meaning that you’ll spend less each month with the Volkswagen.

VW regularly offers deposit contributions which act as cash discounts off the deposit for the car. Word of warning - deposit contributions rarely come with low or 0% APR finance.

MPG and CO2

Figures for fuel economy and CO2 emissions are as follows under the latest WLTP regime:

Petrol:

  • 1.5 TSI 150hp six-speed manual: 41.5.8-44.8mpg, 142-154g/km
  • 2.0 TSI 190hp seven-speed automatic: 37.7-40.9mpg, 157-170g/km
  • 2.0 TSI R 320hp seven-speed automatic: 30.7mpg, 207g/km

Diesel:

  • 2.0 TDI 150hp six-speed manual: 54.3-58.9mpg, 126-137g/km
  • 2.0 TDI 150hp seven-speed automatic: 53.3-58.9mpg, 127-138g/km
  • 2.0 TDI 200hp seven-speed automatic: 49.6-54.3mpg, 137-149g/km
  • 2.0 TDI 200hp seven-speed automatic with four-wheel drive: 45.6-46.3mpg, 159-162g/km

Plug-in hybrid:

  • 1.4 TSI and electric motor 218hp six-speed automatic: 245.8mpg, 26g/km

The Arteon’s claimed fuel economy and CO2 is competitive for the size of car, and importantly – in our experience – achieves official Combined WLTP consumption figures that can be matched in real-world driving. The exception is the eHybrid model. Official MPG of 245.8mpg, like most plug-ins, is only achievable if you don't cover large distances and charge often.

However, on a 54-mile journey from London to Oxford, we managed 89mpg, which is pretty good considering a lot of the journey was taken at motorway speeds and we still had half a battery left to aid the return journey.

The diesels are the best performers on paper if you don't want the hassle of charging. While the petrols are the worst-performing statistically, in a week's worth of testing comprising mainly of motorway and A-road driving, the R Line 2.0 TSI averaged 44.9mpg – very impressive.

Harmful NOx emissions are kept at bay in the diesel through the use of a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. To maintain this you’ll need to keep the 13-litre AdBlue tank topped up, increasing costs – VW predicts the AdBlue will need replenishing every 9,000 miles, although consumption will vary with usage and driving style.

Servicing and maintenance

Volkswagen has one of the largest dealer networks in the UK. So you'll more than likely have one close to you. In the JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study, VW scored a better-than-average 113 faults per 100 cars. Curiously, this was slightly worse than cheaper sister brand, Skoda.

Service and maintenance plans for the Arteon are available, and they can be built into your monthly finance agreement. Work carried out comes with a two-year warranty.

How reliable is it?

  • Based on proven VW Group technology
  • Four-wheel drive and DSG add complexity
  • Small niggles, but overall a reliable product

The Volkswagen Arteon uses a lot of well-established Volkswagen Group technologies – including the engines and underpinnings – and we’re yet to hear of any real horror stories regarding these.

Although not a measure of reliability per se the Arteon has been subjected to three recalls in the UK – one for its brakes, one for the sunroof and one for the ongoing issues with the 1.5 TSI engine's lack of pulling power at low revs, especially when cold. We go into more detail about that in our Volkswagen T-Roc review.

You can find out what it's like to own in our long-term section or what owners have found the VW Arteon to be like to live with in the Parkers owners reviews.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155 - £490
Insurance group 21 - 33
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