Classy de­signer wheels

ROAD TEST/ The Ar­teon is very much the de­signer Volk­swa­gen, finds Mark Smyth

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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.

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