Plug-in hybrid Arteon now available to order
Volkswagen’s flagship saloon and estate is now available to order as a plug-in hybrid, with prices starting from £39,905.
Two body styles, two trim lines
The Arteon plug-in hybrid (PHEV) comes in two body styles. You can opt for the “fastback” model or for some extra boot capacity you can go for the “shooting brake” – or, in English, an estate.
The estate version is slightly more expensive starting at £40,705 compared to £39,905 for the saloon.
There are two equipment lines available – the Elegance or R-Line. The full-fat “R” model and all-wheel drive 4Motion version is due some time in the future, with VW being pretty vague on dates.
As standard, both lines and body styles feature Adaptive Cruise Control, climate control, digital cockpit, LED headlights, and keyless entry.
The Elegance trim receives 18-inch alloys and rear-view camera, while the R-Line edition gets slightly more distinctive 19-inch alloys as well as “trapezoidal” (a fancy oblong with curved edges) exhausts.
You’ll also get a sunroof with the R-Line, while the longer estate version gets a panoramic version.
Range and power
Of course, with any plug-in hybrid, you have the option to drive on electric power only. In this case, a 13kWh battery provides the juice for up to 39 miles of electric driving.
Both models are capable of 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 138mph.
As usual, you can select your preferred driving mode, such as electric only, or let the vehicle decide how best to use the power at its disposal. You can also reserve the battery for later use, such as in urban areas.
Charging takes around five hours when using a standard domestic plug, but this can be reduced to three hours if you install a dedicated 7.4kW home charge point – although, the Arteon will charge at a maximum of 3.6kW.