ZFor the facelift of the Arteon introduced in 2017, Volkswagen is adding a second body variant to the sedan located above the Passat. The Arteon Shooting Brake doesn’t just look good. The mix of elegant coupé and sporty station wagon also offers more utility than the sedan. With a length of 4.87 meters and a wheelbase of 2.84 meters, which is five centimeters more than in the Passat, the backbenchers in the Arteon can comfortably cross their legs.
The two centimeters higher roof line in the Shooting Brake of the same length, however, brings eleven more clearance upwards in the front and even 48 millimeters in the rear. Both versions offer a loading length of 2.08 meters to the front seat backrests, and in terms of luggage volume they are almost the same: 563 to 1557 liters to 565 to 1632 liters in the Shooting Brake. The prices start at 43,524 euros for the Arteon, at 44,387 euros the Shooting Brake costs 863 euros more.
Technically, both are based on the Passat, but the design is independent. For the facelift, there are only slight exterior retouching such as new LED rear lights and a continuous strip of lights on the grill. Inside, however, the Arteon has become more valuable. The criticism of the predecessor, which had taken over the cockpit from the Passat, was too clear. Now there is open-pored eucalyptus wood, aluminum or carbon inlays and fine seams. The operating concept of digital slider and push buttons is pleasing. The separately operated air conditioning unit and the capacitive steering wheel have been redesigned. Only the cheap-looking plastic disc of the head-up display is still on board.
Around the market launch in November, the two-liter TDI with 150 and 200 hp, which works with double Ad-Blue injection (twin dosing), will be available; the 240-hp twin-turbo diesel has been canceled. This is joined by the two-liter TSI with 190 and 280 hp. Seven-speed DSG is mandatory. The most powerful gasoline engine generally has all-wheel drive, with which the larger diesel can be optionally equipped. The plug-in hybrid version, which costs at least 51,064 euros, has a system output of 218 hp, technology from the Passat GTE and an electric range of up to 59 kilometers. Those who like it sportier can wait for the 320 hp Arteon R until spring next year.