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Volkswagen Arteon

(2017 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

66
%
B

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

69
%
C

Eco Rating:

71
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

60
%
C

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

66
%
B

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

66
%
C

Safety Rating:

69
%
C

Eco Rating:

71
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

60
%
C

Summary


The Volkswagen Arteon is a large five-door liftback (and, from late 2020, also available as an estate) based on the Volkswagen Passat. It was launched in 2017 and received a mid-life update in mid-2020. The updated model is set to arrive in the UK before the end of the year.

Along with updated versions of the Arteon range and the new estate model (Volkswagen appears to work from the same German-English dictionary as Mercedes-Benz as it insists on referring to the estate as a ‘Shooting Brake’, which it absolutely isn’t), there will also be a high-performance Arteon R model. Plug-in hybrid powertrains will also join the range, although they may not be available until later.

As of January 2024, the Volkswagen Arteon has an Expert Rating of 66%, which is pretty reasonable in the overall new car market but falls well short of many of its rivals in a segment that oozes quality. It’s also five points behind the Volkswagen Passat on which it’s based.

The Arteon has been praised for its comfort, equipment levels and practicality – especially its load space. However, the interior is considered a bit dreary and its pricing puts it right in the same ballpark as premium rivals from Audi and BMW, which better driving dynamics and more prestige.

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-sized liftback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £41,890 on-road

Launched: Summer 2017
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: TBA


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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2017
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 85%
Safety assist: 82%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Volkswagen Arteon has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

If and when the Arteon is tested by Green NCAP, we’ll publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volkswagen Arteon to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us from new car warranty and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as we have sufficient data on the Arteon, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models35 mpgD34 – 36 mpgD – D
Diesel models43 mpgC38 – 48 mpgC – D
Plug-in hybrid models234 mpgA202 – 257 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models170 g/kmC141 – 209 g/kmB – D
Diesel models140 g/kmB125 – 197 g/kmA – D
Plug-in hybrid models28 g/kmA26 – 32 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models37 milesD34 – 39 milesD – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models27B10 – 45A – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£234B
Year 2£598B
Year 3£975B
Year 4£1,236B
Year 5£1,673C
Overall£4,716B

When its comes to running costs, the Volkswagen Arteon is a pretty mixed bag, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is disappointing for petrol models and fairly average for diesel-engined versions. The plug-in hybrid models look amazing on paper, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids. There is no way you will ever travel for 234 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity…

The battery range of the plug-in hybrid model is also below average when compared to rivals, with a 37-mile range unlikely to cover most of the weekly driving without using any petrol.

Compared to the rest of the mid-sized saloon sector, the car’s service and maintenance costs are pretty average, as are insurance premiums.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Arteon has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupé for Practicality

2019

  • Tow Car Awards – Overall winner + 1,550-16,99kg category winner

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Volkswagen Arteon, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Alfa Romeo Giulia | Audi A4 | Audi A5 Sportback | BMW 3 Series | BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé | Ford Mondeo | Jaguar XE | Kia Stinger | Mazda 6 | Mercedes-Benz CLA | Mercedes-Benz C-Class | Peugeot 508 | Subaru Levorg | Vauxhall Insignia | Volkswagen Passat | Volvo S60 | Volvo V60

The Arteon is conceptually similar to the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLA – all of which are lower and sleeker versions of more mundane models (the A4, 3 Series and A-Class, respectively). But the fact that the Arteon is essentially a reworked Passat means that it also competes with a wide range of other models, including the Passat itself.

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The Volkswagen Arteon has an Expert Rating that's pretty reasonable overall but falls well short of many of its similarly-priced rivals.Volkswagen Arteon