Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake Review
The Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake is a new model as part of the Arteon’s facelift for 2020. Also expect new tech and safety systems, plus new styling.
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There is now an estate version of the Arteon. Obviously, in keeping with German brands’ trends, it’s not called an estate. Audi calls its estates ‘Avants’. BMW’s are ‘Tourings’. And Mercedes are Wagons. And now VW’s chosen the name ‘Shooting Brake’ for its brand-new Arteon estate. To be fair Arteon Shooting Brake does sound better than Arteon Estate – which sounds like a new housing development.
It gets a longer, flatter roof than the regular Arteon. And the kink in the rear window means it doesn’t just look like a dolled-up Passat Estate from the side, either.
All this means it looks lower and longer than the regular Arteon. But it’s actually exactly the same length as the regular car. And it’s 19mm taller.
The whole point of an estate car is to be more practical than a hatchback or a saloon, right? So, how much bigger is the Arteon Shooting Brake’s boot than the regular car? Just two litres bigger. That’s all. Makes you wonder why they bothered really… Well, apart from the fact it looks cool and passengers get a bit more headroom in the back.
That said, it’ll still carry 565 litres of luggage. Which is 85 litres more than you can fit in an Audi A5 Sportback. Although, you can fit 650 litres in a VW Passat Estate, so that’s still the car to go for if you fancy doing a bit of antiquing in your VW.
There are changes to the Volkswagen Arteon’s interior, too. The old car’s analogue clock has gone. And the physical heating controls have also disappeared. Now, you get a row of touch-sensitive keys under the infotainment system – just like in the new VW Golf, which isn’t so easy to use while you are driving.
VW has resisted the temptation to give the new Arteon the Golf’s tiny gear selector. But, they have changed the layout of the dashboard and air vents, so it doesn’t just look like a copy and pasted Passat cabin anymore…
This isn't really a shooting brake if we're being picky, but no matter, because it looks sensational nonetheless.
You can also get the Arteon with some fancier interior trims. So you can choose to pay for carbon-fibre or Eucalyptus inserts for a more natural feel. There’s 30-colour mood lighting and six different styles of seat trim.
The infotainment system is now the same one as you get in the recently revised Passat but unfortunately not the all new system from the new Golf. There is a 9-inch touchscreen as standard which is same size as the upgraded optional display you could get in the old Arteon and you get the same old digital dials, too.
However, now you can connect your phone via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto without using a cable. And the VW ‘We Connect’ app lets you use your smartphone as a key to unlock the car. Well, if you have the latest Samsung phone, anyway.
The new Arteon also comes with VW’s latest voice command system. It’s supposed to understand plain speech, but let’s just say it had it flaws when we tested it. Find out more in new VW Golf review.
As well as the new R’s 2.0-litre turbo, you’ll be able to get the Arteon with a bunch of more tame, less expensive, more economical engines. Petrols include a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine, a 2.0-litre with 190hp or 280hp – the latter of which is all-wheel drive rather than front wheel drive.
If you still like diesels there’s a 2.0-litre with either 150 or 190hp. The 190 is available with all-wheel drive as an option.
There is also a Volkswagen Arteon Plug-in Hybrid in the range. This uses a 1.4-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to produce 218hp. Fully charge its 13kW battery and you can drive for around 33 miles in electric-only mode. This also means you won’t have to pay the London congestion charge.
The hybrid’s petrol engine and its electrical bits are shared with the VW Passat GTE. So, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Arteon hybrid should return similar performance and economy figures which means 0-60mph in around 7.5 seconds and 180mpg – well so long as you plug it in regularly.