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Volkswagen Arteon review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Good value prices and efficient engines mean the Arteon shouldn’t provide any running cost shocks

With prices starting from around £32,000, the Arteon is well priced when compared to premium rivals from Audi and BMW, especially when you consider that all Arteons are well equipped with kit that is likely to be optional on its rivals.

Nearly all models cost £140 a year in road tax, although the most powerful 2.0 TSI in R-Line trim costs in excess of £40,000, so will be £450 to tax for the first five years you pay it. That's the same story if you load up any other model with options to take it past £40k, but as all models are pretty well equipped, this is unlikely.

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The 148bhp 2.0 TDI diesel is expected to be the mainstay of Arteon sales in the UK, and it offers pretty impressive claimed economy. Under the latest WLTP tests, a combined figure of up to 52.3mpg is quoted. That's poorer than the old figure of 65.7mpg on the NEDC combined cycle, but is more likely to be achievable in the real world. CO2 emissions still start from 112g/km for the manual, while adding the DSG gearbox raises this slightly to 118g/km.

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Economy is up to 50.4mpg for this model, which is the same quoted figure for the 190PS version of the 2.0 TDI. Adding 4MOTION four-wheel drive to the 190PS DSG model bumps economy to 44.8mpg, while CO2 emissions are 133g/km.

The 1.5 TSI with cylinder deactivation manages up to 40.4mpg and emissions of 136g/km. The most powerful 2.0 BiTDI twin-turbodiesel has claimed economy of up to 33.2mpg, while emissions are quoted at 160g/km.

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Emissions remain largely the same whether you choose Elegance or R-Line trims, while adding larger 19 or 20-inch wheels doesn't have an adverse effect on emissions. However, these emissions figures are higher than they were under the older NEDC test structure, so company car tax costs will be higher.

Insurance groups 

Insurance groups for the Volkswagen Arteon range from Group 22 for the 148bhp diesel, up to Group 32 for the hottest petrol model. 

Depreciation 

Like any big executive car, the Volkswagen Arteon’s depreciation figures are likely to hit the wallet quite hard. Pick a low range diesel model at around the £33k mark, and after three years and 30,000 miles you should expect to get close to £14k back at resale time. Go for the most expensive petrol model – the 276bhp 2.0 TSI 4MOTION – at around £40k, and you’re looking at a three-year/30k mile residual value of around £15k, according to our experts.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    2.0 TDI EVO SCR SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £32,245

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 TDI EVO SCR SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £32,245

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TSI 272 R Line Edition 5dr 4MOTION DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £40,900
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