The pretty Volkswagen Arteon four door coupe gets a mid life makeover that sees the usual tweaks to styling inside and out but also a new body style joins the range. The Arteon Shooting Brake is a posh estate that will certainly be a rare enough site on our roads.
As a statement the new Passat based Arteon continues to be a stunning looking car. The latest design changes see it gunning even harder to be accepted in the premium sector. Sleeker extrerior lighting and trim ensure the Arteon remains one of the most handsome business machines on the market. VW at a virtual press conference showed us a broad range of potential Arteon rivals from saloons like the Peugeot 508 GT, Volvo S60, BMW 4 & 5 Series, Audi A5 Sportback and Mercedes-Benz E class plus estates like the Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes-Benz E Class T, Volvo V60, BMW 3 & 5 Touring that the Arteon and new Arteon Shooting Brake will take on.
A new eHybrid is the most interesting power train option and is the car’s electrified star while other internal combustion engines get overhauls and updates to make them more efficient. Greater connectivity and assistance systems feature heavily in new Arteon. I.Q. Drive ‘Travel Assist’ semi autonomous driving is available and works at speeds up to 210km/h – a legal speed on Germany’s autobahns. A touch sensitive (capacitive) steering wheel is at the heart of this system. Other tech includes app-connect wireless with CarPlay and Android Auto’, We Connect’ and ‘We Connect Plus’ help take connectivity to the next level. There is an always-on eSim and the latest generation of VW’s infotainment set up (MIB3).
The interior is completely new and moves upmarket with a new dash layout and a digital cockpit. There is a new air conditioning control system and air outlets. Overall new Arteon makes greater use of higher quality materials with faux leather and real wood veneers used to great affect. There is a new high end Harmon Kardan sound system too with 12 speakers and 700 watts.
The engine range starts with a 150hp 1.5 TSI petrol. The rest of the petrol (TSI) and diesel (TDI) range use 2 litre engines with various outputs. An R model is the sportiest with 320hp and 4Motion all wheel drive – this one sounds like a lot of fun. This version looks very sharp and promises precise handling thanks to clever vectoring suspension (torque splitter) and adaptive chassis that helps tighten things up when cornering. Another interesting engine is the new 190hp 2 litre TSI that uses an innovative B-cycle combustion sequence to deliver a very high compression ratio of 12.2:1. The Arteon eHybrid PHEV uses a 1.4 TSI and electric motor with a combined out put of 218hp. The plug in has an electric only driving range of up to 54km from its 13 kWh battery – enough for most short journeys.
The Shooting Brake sits on the same platform and is the same length as the Arteon. On paper the Shooting Brake doesn’t offer much more room than the Arteon – boot size is 563 v 565 litres. But when you look closely you see that rear head room is improved upon, the boot is more usable with a max mum capacity with seats down of 1,632 litres (v 1,557 litres).