Growing Volkswagen Arteon range gets potent new diesel option

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The Volkswagen Arteon fastback and Shooting Brake models have had an update, with the pair receiving a 2.0-litre TDI option producing 200hp.

The announcement follows order books opening on the enhanced range, which is now available in no fewer than 26 configurations – split between the two models evenly.

Volkswagen Arteon

Three equipment lines remain – SE Nav, Elegance and R-Line. You can expect a fiery Arteon R to arrive in 2021 too, which will produce 320hp.

Until then, however, the newly introduced 2.0-litre turbodiesel is the most powerful engine on offer. Its 200hp gets it from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds and comes with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

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You’ll be able to choose between a front- or four-wheel drive drivetrain too (if you plump for R-Line trim). Official stats show this engine is capable of over 55mpg combined.

The 1.5-lire petrol engine has also been revised to be more economical, and is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox. It’ll get from rest to 62mph in under 9 seconds and return around 45mpg.

VW Arteon interior

Styling-wise, the designs go unchanged. Both cars are still characterised by an avant-garde design with a continuous light strip and striking chrome-bar grille domination the front end.

Differences become apparent around the back. The fastback model gets an elegant sweeping design, while the Shooting Brake extends the roofline and adds another window, turning the Arteon into a practical estate car.

 VW Arteon Shooting Brake rear

Changes to the interior include a new steering wheel, illuminated trim panels, a wireless charger and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

The revised range is available to order now. You can compare Arteon leasing deals, or alternatively watch our video review to see what Howard thought.

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