Though not written by the Top Gear presenters of old, this publication’s Arteon review is still worth a read and it provides some insight for those who are looking into purchasing one.
At first glance, the Arteon looks proper aggressive with frameless windows and sleek lines but it still shares its underpinnings with the Passat. There’s nothing wrong with this as the saloon features plenty of upgrades including digital dials, a large touchscreen, 19in alloy wheels and more.
Having a sporty looks is great and all, but its performance should match the exterior and editor Stephen Dobie thinks the Arteon shouldn’t be approached as a “car that will drive as aggressively as it looks and you’ll be disappointed.”
That’s not to say the test vehicle’s 237bhp twin-turbo 2.0 isn’t any good. In fact, its power and torque delivery puts the saloon on par with German rivals. But at a beefy 1,828kg, the Arteon weighs more than some Land Rover Discovery Sports.
When it comes to drive dynamics, the Arteon is great for those who like predictable performance with tidy handling and a comfy cabin. But even a four-wheel-drive model won’t be able to excited enthusiasts as much as a BMW, Jaguar or Mazda will.
At £39,400 for the tested trim, potential buyers will have to judge the Arteon for themselves.