Volkswagen has been testing the water for many years with the practical fastback. The CC, previously called the Passat CC, has been a relative success, so it's time for an upgrade. With cars like the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, VW has realised its potential.
Gone is the CC in favour of the brand new Arteon, a larger more luxurious model. The larger dimensions mean a boot of 563 litres, or 1,557 with the seats down, making it a largely practical car despite its appealing aesthetics.
Built on the popular MQB platform, the Arteon calls itself a safe yet light car thanks to the scalable architecture. As a result of this it has been awarded the full 5 stars in its Euro NCAP safety rating.
Volkswagen has done away with the lower end trims, giving it the option of just Elegance and RLine. This means a more generous kit list for the ‘entry-level’ model, including an 8-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as seen in the Audi virtual cockpit, LED headlights and tail lights, tri-zone climate control and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Further options include a 9.2-inch touchscreen upgrade, a 700W speaker system and up to 20inch alloy wheels.
When it comes to showrooms, it will be available with a pair of 2.0-litre engines. The ﬁrst, a petrol, produces 280 hp. The diesel will be available with 150 or 240 hp. Later on, there will be a 190 hp 2.0-litre petrol and the new 150 hp 1.5-litre ‘Evo’ petrol engine with cylinder deactivation technology.
All engines are available with a 7-speed DSG gearbox while the petrol and diesel engines with 150 hp come with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The most powerful petrol and the most powerful diesel come with 4MOTION all-wheel-drive while every other powertrain makes use of front-wheel-drive.
The 2.0 TSI 280 promises 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds, while the 2.0 TDI 150 claims up to 62.8 mpg.
Making its debut in showrooms next month for the ‘67’ plates, it will be available from £34,305, although expect the more potent models to reach £40,000 before options.