|Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 TSI 150 Elegance manual|
|The story: Volkswagen has added a new engine to the Arteon four-door coupe line-up, with a 150hp 1.5 petrol joining the 2.0 190hp version and 2.0-litre diesels mirroring that output|
|Key rival:||Kia Stinger|
Given the car market’s current propensity for petrol powertrains, it makes sense that manufacturers are filling out their petrol offerings, when a couple of years ago they would have been backing out of the fuel altogether.
Volkswagen’s stylish Arteon is a prime example, with the addition of a 150hp petrol engine a few months after the car’s arrival in the UK late last year.
This new engine requires a bit of working in a car this size but it’s fine, and the emissions make it the most sensible Arteon for company users; CO2 figures for the manual are only 7g/km behind those of the 150hp diesel, but that car gets a four BIK band penalty thanks to the Government’s punitive tax regime. That’s on top of the £2365 P11D price difference in favour of the petrol model.
An automatic gearbox costs another £1605 and adds a hefty 12g/km to the 1.5 petrol’s emissions. Above that, the 190hp petrol is only available with the auto and comes in at 135g/km, all of which means the new 1.5 engine works as an entry point into a classy and practical four-door coupe – as long as you’re not expecting barnstorming performance. This Arteon is at its best in covering high distances in refined comfort.
The new engine is available in the Arteon’s Elegance and R-Line trim levels, both of which offer decent standard equipment. You can also have it with a manual or DSG automatic gearbox.
It’s a very stylish and well-priced four-door coupe, albeit the Passat saloon roots are there. The downside is that there’s a hefty price walk of thousands of pounds to get from the humble Passat to the Arteon.