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 £40,000, the Arteon is well priced when compared to premium rivals from Audi and BMW, especially when you consider that all Arteons are equipped with kit as standard that is likely to be optional on rivals. With all Arteons now costing over the £40,000 barrier, they will be subject to the £390 tax supplement for years 2-6.
The 1.4-litre TSI eHybrid was 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 were only liable for a BiK rate of 12% in 2022 with the car was discontinued.
With the eHybrid gone, the 2.0-litre diesel is the most 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.
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.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe VW Arteon is a dramatically styled hatch with a luxury feel that takes on premium executive rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveRefined, comfortable and a great all-rounder, but don’t expect the Arteon to provide much in the way of driving thrills
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingGood value prices and efficient engines mean the Arteon shouldn’t provide any running cost shocks
- 4Interior, design and technologyContemporary, premium design is reflected in the Arteon’s extensive package of advanced driving technologies
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt’s a highly refined cruiser with plenty of luggage space, but the Arteon’s roof spells trouble for tall rear seat passengers
- 6Reliability and SafetyTerrific crash test results and a lots of technology make the Arteon look like a very safe bet