Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake: estate model launched

Volkswagen has updated the upmarket Arteon hatchback and introduced a brand new more practical Shooting Brake estate version

Christofer Lloyd
Jun 29, 2020

Volkswagen has overhauled its Arteon large car - a more upmarket hatchback alternative to the Passat saloon - and added a new Shooting Brake estate version. As part of these updates the Arteon range gains plug-in hybrid power for the first time, providing a more frugal petrol-electric alternative for those who do a lot of town driving and are happy to regularly charge the car to ensure the greatest fuel economy.

A performance-oriented Arteon R is also being introduced to top the range. VW claims that all versions provide a striking design, practical interior and slick in-car tech, making the updated Arteon similarly desirable for those buying - or financing - the car with their own money and company car drivers alike, thanks to its combination of style and practicality, and the blend of an upmarket feel but relatively affordable pricing compared with Audi and BMW rivals.

VW Arteon: Shooting Brake estate introduced

The Arteon was first introduced in 2017 in hatchback form and offered a more spacious but better value alternative to the closely related A5 Sportback from sister company Audi. The Shooting Brake, meanwhile, adds to the Arteon's practicality by boosting the size of the boot, while maintaining much of its sleek profile. This makes the Arteon Shooting Brake more practical than the standard Arteon but more stylish than the boxier VW Passat Estate.

All new Arteon models gain a new continuous light strip, which stretches across the car's whole width to make it stand out at night. Towards the back is where the Shooting Brake differs from the existing hatchback. While the roofline of the hatchback slopes down towards the rear lights, the Shooting Brake has a much squarer profile, which boosts the amount of space in the boot.

VW Arteon: Shooting Brake boot and practicality

As with the standard Arteon, the Shooting Brake offers a substantial amount of legroom for those sitting in the rear seats, but gains extra headroom for passengers in both rows of seats, thanks to its higher roofline. Surprisingly, however, space in the boot is only slighter greater than the Arteon hatchback at 565 litres compared with 563 litres. Drop the rear seats and that increases to 1,632 litres - only around 5% better than the hatchback's 1,557 litres. Both models offer a load length of nearly 2.1m.

As those figures suggest, the Shooting Brake is not the most spacious estate car - opt for the Passat Estate for that with its 1,780-litre boot - but more of a style statement with a little extra headroom for taller passengers. Despite that, the small difference in boot space is more down to the fact that the Arteon hatchback has a pretty large boot rather than the Shooting Brake being impractical; both models offer a large amount of luggage room with rear seats that fold flat for more load space.

VW Arteon R hatchback and Shooting Brake

Volkswagen is also launching a high-performance version of both models. Power and performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but judging on the rest of the VW range, we'd expect them to be powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with around 300hp and all-wheel drive for maximum grip when accelerating. Expect both models to be able to sprint from a standstill to 62mph in around five seconds.

The company is stressing that these models should offer impressive agility for their size with the car being able to actively distribute power between front and rear wheels and between the individual rear wheels. This should enable the Arteon R to offer strong traction and to turn into corners sharply.

VW Arteon eHybrid hatchback and Shooting Brake

Volkswagen has already offered a plug-in hybrid version of the similar size Passat saloon and estate and this is the first time similar tech has been added to the Arteon range. The 'eHybrid' models will feature petrol-electric power with a long electric range according to the company. With many other plug-in hybrids offering claimed ranges of around 30 miles per charge, we'd therefore expect 40+ miles per charge for the Arteon eHybrid models.

VW is yet to announce charging times or official range figures, but these models should suit those who cover a lot of urban driving and are happy to charge the car regularly. Fail to charge the batteries and the car heavily relies on the petrol engine with the extra weight of the electric motor and batteries but with little electric assistance. Do this and you can expect fuel economy and emissions that are barely - if any - better than a lighter and less expensive conventional petrol model.

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake interior

Volkswagen has updated the Arteon's interior by adding touch sliders to adjust air-conditioning settings and a new multifunction steering wheel with touch controls. Whether these touch controls are less distracting in use than conventional buttons remains to be seen.

Also new is wireless integration for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay plus the option of a 700-watt sound system specifically designed for these models. Drivers can also choose between 30 different interior lighting colour options to change the feel of the cabin.


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