2020 Volkswagen Arteon eHybrid: specifications and on-sale date

Volkswagen's executive four-door coupe gets facelift, plug-in hybrid tech and stylish Shooting Brake estate option

This is the new Volkswagen Arteon eHybrid: a facelifted version of Volkswagen's flagship four-door coupe sporting plug-in hybrid technology for the first time – along with the option of a new Shooting Brake estate bodystyle. The Arteon will go on sale this autumn, with deliveries beginning in early 2021. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

Volkswagen Arteon hybrid engine and battery

The plug-in hybrid system in the Arteon eHybrid consists of a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with an electric motor and fed by a 12.7kW battery. An all-electric range of 34 miles is quoted, along with a total power output of 215bhp. Power goes to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. This is more or less the same plug-in hybrid drivetrain as found in the car's Volkswagen Passat GTE sister model.

The system will always start in pure-electric E-Mode, with the option to switch to a configurable hybrid mode that can prioritise performance, economy or be instructed to hold onto the battery's charge until needed for an urban crawl.

Styling changes to the four-door coupe bodystyle are minimal: new LED headlights, a revised grille and some new bumpers and rear lights are about the sum of the updates, along with a choice of new alloy wheels measuring 18 to 20 inches depending on trim level.

New Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake

The Shooting Brake estate, however, is all-new from the middle of the car backwards: its new roofline allows more space in the back for both passengers and luggage. The Shooting Brake gets 565 litres of storage versus the 563 in the standard car, while rear-seat passengers enjoy 48mm more headroom. Even front-seat passengers benefit from more headroom, with some 11mm extra over the more rakish coupe.

Interior and technology

All Arteons come as standard with a 10.25-inch screen in place of traditional dials behind the steering wheel, with a choice of either eight or 9.2-inch central screens. Technology highlights include an optional 700W Harman Kardon sound system, colour-changing ambient lighting, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and an option to unlock and start your car with your smartphone instead of a key.

Safety

The revised Arteon gets a huge range of active safety and driver-assistance features, either as standard or optionally. These include (but aren't limited to) a 360-degree 'Area View' camera, adaptive chassis control, automatic headlights, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, an automatic parking system and blind-spot monitoring with lane-changing assistance.

Exact UK specification hasn't been confirmed but the Arteon will be offered in four trim levels: Arteon, Elegance, R-Line and R. The latter of these is a petrol-only performance model; it's likely that the eHybrid drivetrain will be offered in the lower three of these trims. A range of petrol and diesel engines will continue to be available.