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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 £35,000, 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.

Most Elegance-spec petrol models will cost £155 a year in road tax, although the R-Line diesel cars cost over £40,000, so will be £490 to tax for years 2-6. It'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 should be fairly easy to avoid.

The 1.4-litre TSI eHybrid is the most efficient model in the Arteon range, able to travel up to 39 miles on electric power alone and delivering an overall economy figure of 217mpg - with the obvious caveat being that you need to ensure the battery is plugged in on a regular basis. With CO2 levels of 26g/km, business users will be looking at a BiK rate of 11% for 2021/22 and 12% thereafter.

If plug-in tech isn't quite your thing, then you'll still find the 2.0-litre diesel an economical alternative. The 148bhp variant returns up to 58.9mpg, with CO2 emissions from 125g/km. The 197bhp oil-burner incurs a slight penalty for its extra performance with 54.3mpg and 136g/km.

Buyers after the hot R model probably won't be prioritising overall efficiency, which is just as well seeing as it's only capable of 31mpg on the combined cycle and emits 207g/km of CO2.

Insurance groups 

Insurance groups for the Volkswagen Arteon range from Group 22 for the 148bhp petrol, up to Group 35 for the R petrol model. The 1.4-litre TSI eHybrid sits in the middle of this band in group 28.


Like any big executive car, the Volkswagen Arteon’s depreciation figures are likely to hit the wallet quite hard. Our data suggests that, on average, the Arteon should retain around 42% of its original list price after three-years and 36,000-miles of ownership. So, picking a 2.0-litre petrol model at around the £38k mark, means you should expect to get close to £16k back at resale time. 

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