Much pres­ence VW’s new flag­ship saloon is a good-look­ing all-rounder, as re­ports

Jack Evan Volk­swa­gen Ar­teon El­e­gance

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Motors -

Set to ar­rive in deal­er­ships in Septem­ber, the Ar­teon is a pre­mium saloon car de­signed by Volk­swa­gen to sit above its pop­u­lar Pas­sat as its new flag­ship. It of­fers a sport­ing drive cou­pled with an im­pres­sive amount of au­ton­o­mous tech­nol­ogy. There’s no deny­ing the Ar­teon is a bit of a looker. With sculpted lines and a large chrome grille, it’s a dis­tinctly pre­mium ve­hi­cle, while large 20in al­loy wheels, such as the ones fit­ted to our test car, in­crease its pres­ence on the road. In­side, it’s busi­ness as usual for a Volk­swa­gen prod­uct. It’s a solidly made cabin, with plenty of soft-touch ma­te­ri­als giv­ing the Ar­teon an up­mar­ket feel. One of the Ar­teon’s trump cards is legroom. Up front and at the back, there’s an im­pres­sive amount of space, which makes it an ideal longdis­tance cruiser. The Ar­teon’s prac­ti­cal­ity lev­els are in­creased thanks to its ac­com­mo­dat­ing boot. There are 563 litres of seats-up space to play with, and this rises to an im­pres­sive 1,557 litres with them folded down. The steer­ing has a de­cent amount of heft to it (more so when sport mode is se­lected), though it can feel a touch light at higher speeds. The ride cer­tainly errs on the firm side, no doubt a by-prod­uct of the large al­loy wheels. Our test route took in a fair amount of rut­ted, pot­holed roads, and the Ar­teon dealt with them well on the whole, but felt a touch too stiff at times. The 2.0-litre diesel felt flex­i­ble enough for daily driv­ing, and has a sur­pris­ing amount of poke. Volk­swa­gen has yet to re­veal just how much the Ar­teon will cost, though it’s set to be be­tween £35,000 and £40,000. UK cus­tomers will get just two trim lev­els to pick from – El­e­gance and R-Line – with the lat­ter model ben­e­fit­ing from a lower ride height on top of the stan­dard ad­justable dampers. It is a price bracket that puts the car in line with some strong com­pe­ti­tion – the Audi A5 Sport­back for one – and it means that the Ar­teon has a far harder fight on its hands than the stan­dard Pas­sat. Equip­ment lev­els for the Ar­teon are high, though as yet we are un­able to tell what will come as stan­dard and what will be an op­tional ex­tra.

£40,000 (est) 2.0-litre tur­bocharged IN A NUT­SHELL The Volk­swa­gen Ar­teon would suit the driver who looks at all of the pri­mary op­tions in this seg­ment and fan­cies some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. Yes, the pre­dicted price tag is rather high – but the level of build qual­ity more than lives up to it.

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