Classy designer wheels
ROAD TEST/ The Arteon is very much the designer Volkswagen, finds Mark Smyth
While SA has not yet woken up to what is happening in the rest of the world, the fact is that times are changing in the automotive industry.
Electric vehicles are charging into the fray, petrol engines are being downsized and the repercussions of Dieselgate as well as environmental awareness in London, Paris and Stuttgart are killing off diesel at a rapid rate.
Which is why some will see it as controversial if I say I am a fan of diesel cars. I’m not a fan of the emissions issues, nor of the cheating that the industry did to essential government assistance) then you will have to compromise on something.
But this is a road test and not an industry debate column so back to the Arteon.
You already know that it has a superb diesel motor, albeit one that might have a few pieces of dodgy code in its software (for legal reasons I am only saying “might”). It offers a great balance of economy and performance
The Arteon has true designer looks for those seeking something unique, above. The rear, right, is now a fastback design offering 563l of boot space with the seats up.
The interior is mostly Passat with a few Arteon touches.