Contrary to VW's initial plans, there is a wide range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from in the Arteon, although we're yet to drive what is expected to be the cheapest model, with a 150PS 1.5-litre petrol engine. However, we have driven the most basic diesel-engined model, with a 150PS version of the 2.0-litre TDI engine, and for the most part, it works really well. We drove it with the optional seven-speed automatic gearbox, and It's a little slow to get the car rolling away from rest, but once you're on the open road, the good low-down torque makes for a very responsive car. It's more than quick enough, and you certainly don't need any more.
If you want more, though, you won't be disappointed. The top models both have 2.0-litre turbocharged engines, the petrol with 276bhp and the diesel with 237bhp but more torque, and both come only with dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. Both engines are impressive, with more than enough power to whisk you along very briskly without raising the pulse too high, and the gearboxes are excellent. The diesel is slightly noisy, but not to a point where it ruins the experience. We're yet to drive the 190PS diesel car, but the similarly powerful petrol model is plenty quick enough, although we found it doesn't work quite as smoothly with the standard automatic transmission as the more powerful engines. Particularly at low speeds, the gearbox struggled to work out which gear to choose, and the changes weren't as smooth as we'd like.