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First Drive: Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 TSI Elegance

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
Category:Upper Medium
Key rival:Kia Stinger
Efficiency:54.3mpg (NEDC)
Emissions:119g/km (NEDC)
On sale:Now

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 Arteon 1.5 TSI Elegance - Image 8Volkswagen’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.

Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 TSI Elegance - Image 3The 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.


paul barker

The verdict

The new engine makes the most sense for company drivers, subject to any changes when new WLTP figures appear.