Starting at £33,505 for the Elegance and £34,290 for the R-line, VW’s less powerful versions of the Arteon split the price difference between a Passat and its rivals from BMW and Audi.

The basic cost of our 2.0-litre BITDI 4Motion model is £39,955 – an almost exact match for a 420d xDrive Sport Gran Coupé with BMW’s superb automatic gearbox.

Arteon compares favourably with like-for-like BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé but Audi A5 Sportback beats it by a distance

That car’s 187bhp is easily outgunned by the Arteon’s 237bhp, though – and an equivalent 3.0-litre 430d is another £5000.

Audi’s higher-end A5 Sportback diesel is a closer rival for the VW, though, offering 215bhp and 3.0 litres from just over £40k.

The scales tip away from the VW further still when you consider the superior handling involvement of the BMW and the brilliance of the Audi’s cabin.

The VW will also suffer greater depreciation than the Audi. After three years, the Arteon is predicted to lose 58 percent of its original value compared with 52 percent for the 3.0-litre A5 Sportback.

That said, buy the Arteon in the trim VW expects you to – R-line with the 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI and seven-speed DSG gearbox – and you’ll get a handsome car with class-leading space and the latest in-car tech, not to mention a low first-year tax of £160, thanks to its 116g/km CO2.


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