Volkswagen has launched a new entry-level SE specification for the Arteon saloon, priced from £33,085. The new base model also benefits from a host of model year updates applied to the entire Arteon range, adding extra tech and an updated engine range.
Standard equipment for the Arteon SE includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors. Inside, buyers get a three-zone climate control system and an eight-inch infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Two engines will be offered on the Arteon SE. A new 148bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel will be available in a few months, while a 187bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol is offered from launch. The former will be offered with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while the latter can only be specced with the auto.
Volkswagen’s new 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel also promises to be one of the more economical engines in the Arteon line-up. It features Active Cylinder technology which can shut down two of the engine’s four cylinders under low-load driving conditions in an effort to save fuel.
Volkswagen has also reworked the higher-specced Arteons’ engines, bringing small revisions to their CO2 emission ratings. The 268bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol’s CO2 emissions have increased from 159g/km to 161g/km, while the 187bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel’s emissions have reduced from 135g/km to 130g/km.
The diesel engine’s reduced emissions results in a tax saving of £320, reducing the on the road price for mid-range Elegance and range-topping R-Line Arteons to £39,025 and £39,825 respectively. As part of Volkswagen’s model year update, both variants also now get a 9.2-inch infotainment system as standard.
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