Volkswagen Arteon Review & Prices 2023 | AutoTrader UK (2023)

New from £33,125 / £596 p/m

Overview

Estate

Petrol, diesel or petrol plug-in hybrid

5 seats

5 doors

Automatic or manual

Is the Volkswagen Arteon a good car?

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Words by: Erin Baker

"Is it a coupe? Is it an estate? Actually it’s their lovechild, the Arteon Shooting Brake. Until now, the Arteon has only been available as a ‘fastback’ four-door coupe. This slick, quick Shooting Brake is a posh Passat estate, if you will. Just be careful which version you go for."

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Running costs for a Volkswagen Arteon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

4/5

Typically for VW there is a huge range of trim levels and options for the Arteon Shooting Brake, meaning your budget slithers around with banana-skin acceleration as you configure your car. And they haven’t even introduced the crazy Arteon R yet. If space is your priority, you’d be better off with the humble Passat estate. Meanwhile, engines on offer include petrols, diesels and a plug-in hybrid, and trim levels are SE Nav, Elegance or the high-performance R-Line spec. In other words, running costs will vary considerably. For example, while the plug-in hybrid (branded eHybrid) will cost you more up front, if you use it mainly in pure electric mode and recharge on an off-peak domestic tariff overnight, you’ll be better off than if you’d bought the 2.0-litre petrol. On the other hand, the latter is more fun…

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Reliability of a Volkswagen Arteon

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

3/5

The Arteon remains quite a niche purchase, so reliability data is scarce. Volkswagen hovers in the bottom third of many reliability studies, which is odd, given the reputation VW has for build quality, but the Arteon’s sibling, the Passat, ranks higher. The warranty on offer is the bog-standard three-year/60,000-miler industry average cover.

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Safety for a Volkswagen Arteon

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

4/5

VW group’s safety systems are all offered, either as standard or an option. As you'd expect there’s an anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control and differential lock as standard, all of which help the car maintain grip and prevent skidding. The airbags include curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers and an active bonnet, which rises when it senses impact, to keep the pedestrian, cyclist or animal away from the engine. The car also detects when the driver is tired, as many models now do, and issues a warning.Also available are the usual smorgasbord of lane-assist warning systems to keep the car from straying into the next lane. VW’s is pretty sophisticated, offering road-edge protection and progressive steering to guide it back into line.There are front and rear parking sensors as standard and a rear-view camera as an option, as well as a 360-degree camera. There’s an Emergency Assist function and driver intervention, which guides the car to a stop should it detect the driver is incapable of driving, via sensors in the car measuring attention and reactions. And, last but very much not least, adaptive cruise control is an option.

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How comfortable is the Volkswagen Arteon

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

5/5

The Arteon Shooting Brake is an extremely comfortable car, offering market-leading rear leg room. The boot’s load space is slightly curtailed by the curvaceous rump of this elegant estate, so it is looks or practicality here. It does, however, tick the box for long-distance cruiser with good refinement on motorways. You’ll struggle to find a more comfortable cabin without spending at least another £10,000 on the list price.

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Features of the Volkswagen Arteon

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

3/5

VW group’s infotainment system, also found in Skodas and Seats, strikes us as average. It’s way more user friendly than many rival set-ups, but there are more beautiful and satisfying graphics out there and traffic congestion en route is easier to see on some. It can also be annoying that functions emerge as your finger approaches the screen. It’s a cool novelty at first but can become intrusive when you just happen to be hovering over the screen.It does, however, offer App Connect, which allows CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink connectivity. A big plus for the wireless CarPlay and Android Auto functions - most cars still require a physical connection.You can specify ambient lighting with 30 colours, an electric tailgate, panoramic sunroof, head-up display, park assist function, Nappa leather, heated steering wheel and Travel Assist, which allows semi-autonomous driving at speeds of up to 130mph.

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Power for a Volkswagen Arteon

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

3/5

The most powerful engine, a 2.0-litre petrol job with 190 horsepower, is surprisingly quick off the line, making this a fun car to drive. However, it makes little financial sense, and you’ll probably plump for the 1.5-litre unit which will be fine - VW does small petrol engines very well, with plenty of oomph. There are also two diesel engines. On paper, the eHybrid version looks like the one to go for, but we have yet to test it. It comprises a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 218 horsepower. Or, if you’re a keen petrolhead, wait for the Arteon R Shooting Brake which will be fierce with a taste of Golf R in its character, but scary for your wallet.

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Lease deals

These deals are based on terms of 8,000 miles, for a 36 month lease with a 6 months initial payment.

  • Volkswagen ArteonVolkswagen Arteon 2.0 TSI R Line 5dr DSG

    £458.90

    Monthly payment

    £2,753.40

    Initial payment

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  • Volkswagen ArteonVolkswagen Arteon 1.5 TSI R Line 5dr

    £547.88

    Monthly payment

    £3,287.28

    Initial payment

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  • Volkswagen ArteonVolkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI Elegance 5dr DSG

    £567.99

    Monthly payment

    £3,407.94

    Initial payment

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  • Volkswagen ArteonVolkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI Elegance 5dr DSG

    £578.99

    Monthly payment

    £3,473.94

    Initial payment

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  • Standard equipment

    Expect the following equipment on your Volkswagen Arteon. This may vary between trim levels.

      • 12V Socket in Centre Console in Storage Area
      • 12V Socket on Rear of Front Centre Armrest
      • App-Connect including Wireless Carplay
      • Discover Navigation including Streaming and Internet
      • eCall - Emergency Call Service for SOS Calls to Emergency Response
      • 17in Alloy Wheels - Cardiff
      • Body Coloured Door Handles - Bumpers and Side Skirts
      • Body-Coloured Top and Matt Black Lower Door Mirrors with Integrated Indicators
      • Chrome Effect Trapezoid Dummy Exhaust Tailpipe Surrounds - Left and Right
      • Chrome Side Window Surrounds
      • Door Mirrors - Electrically Adjustable-Heated and Folding
      • Electric Windows - Front and Rear
      • Heat Insulating Glass In Side and Rear Windows
      • Heat Insulating Windscreen
      • Heated Rear Windscreen
      • Tyre Mobility Kit in Lieu of Spare Wheel
      • 3 Rear Head Restraints
      • Automatic Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror
      • Carpet Mats - Front and Rear
      • Chrome Plated Radiator Grille Inserts - Air Vent Surrounds and Light Switch Surrounds
      • Climate Control
      • Cup Holders - Front x2
      • Decorative Inserts - Aluminium
      • Digital Cockpit - 10.25in High Resolution TFT Dash Display Screen with Customisable Menus and Information
      • Door and Side Trim Panel in Foam Film and Woven Fabric
      • Drivers and Front Passengers Sun Visors with Vanity Mirrors
      • Drivers and Passengers Safety Optimised Head Restraints
      • Front Centre Armrest
      • Front Footwell Illumination
      • Front Windscreen Washers and Wipers with 4x Interval Delay
      • Glovebox
      • Leather Trimmed Three Spoke Multifunction Steering Wheel and Gear Knob
      • Luggage Compartment Cover - Removable
      • Luggage Compartment Light
      • Piano Black Decorative Inserts in Centre Console
      • Premium USB Cable
      • Rain Sensor
      • Reading Lights - Front x 2 - LED
      • Rear Fog Lamp on One Side- Reversing Lamp on Both Sides
      • Seats - Drivers 6-Way Electric Adjustment
      • Split Folding Backrest - Unsplit Rear Seat Bench
      • Sports Comfort Seats in Front
      • Stainless Steel Door Sills - Front and Rear
      • Steering Wheel - Height and Reach Adjustable
      • Two-Tone Horn
      • 3 Rear Three-Point Seat Belts with Tensioners on Outer Seats
      • ABS - Anti-Lock Braking System
      • Alarm with Interior Protection with Deactivation via Infotainment System
      • Driver and Front Passenger Airbags with Front Passenger Airbag Deactivation
      • ESC - Electronic Stability Control and Electromechanical Brake Booster
      • Electronic Engine Immobiliser
      • Electronic Parking Brake
      • Front Assist
      • Front Side Airbag with Curtain Airbag
      • Height Adjustable Front Three-Point Seat Belts with Tensioners
      • Hill Start Assist
      • Isofix Child Seat Preparation - Easy-Fit - For 2 Outer Rear Seats
      • Keyless Entry - with Hands Free Boot Opening
      • LED Rear Number Plate Lights
      • Lane Keeping Assist
      • Pre-Crash Preventive Occupant Protection - Front
      • Proactive Occupant Protection
      • Rear Windscreen Washer and Wiper with Interval Delay
      • Warning Buzzer for Seatbelts if Unfastened
      • Warning Triangle
      • Adaptive Cruise Control ACC with Speed Limiter and Front Assist
      • Camera for Warning Systems
      • Driver Alert System - Fatigue Detection
      • Dynamic Road Sign Display
      • Parking Sensors - Front and Rear
      • Speedo and Rev Counter - Electronic Odometer - Trip - Service Interval Display and Exterior Temp Gauge
      • Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator
      • Automatic Coming-Leaving Home Lighting Function
      • Daytime Running Lights
      • Dynamic Headlight Range Control
      • Headlights - LED
      • High Beam Assist
      • High Level 3rd Brake Light - LED
      • LED Rear Combination Lights
      • Progressive Steering

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    Your questions answered

    • Volkswagen Arteons offer a top speed range between 134mph and 155mph, depending on the version.

    • Volkswagen Arteon on-the-road prices RRP from £40,070 and rises to around £57,605, depending on the version.

    • According to the official figures, the Volkswagen Arteon's fuel economy ranges between 32mpg and 257mpg.

    • The standard UK car tax rate is currently £170. You may also have to pay higher rates based on your car’s emission levels . Learn more about car tax bands.
    • Yes, and you can even order online. Check out our Volkswagen Arteon lease deals and find out more.

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