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Price £34,305 On sale Now What’s new? It’s Volk­swa­gen’s new BMW 4 Se­ries Gran Coupé ri­val, with a fru­gal and bigselling 2.0 tur­bod­iesel en­gine un­der the bon­net

VOLK­SWA­GEN EX­PECTS TO sell about 60% of Ar­te­ons to fleet driv­ers, so fit­ting a fru­gal diesel en­gine such as the 148bhp 2.0 TDI seems sen­si­ble, es­pe­cially given how good the unit is in other VW Group prod­ucts.

Here the en­gine is quiet, re­fined and smooth, ex­cept that our test car, which was equipped with a sev­en­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, seemed slug­gish from a stand­still, which was frus­trat­ing.

Volk­swa­gen will be adding a more meaty 187bhp ver­sion of its 2.0 TDI to the line-up this au­tumn. If its abil­ity in the heav­ier Audi A6 is any­thing to go by, that vari­ant will be the per­fect all-rounder for fleet driv­ers.

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