This special-edition VW Arteon is a reminder that we can’t have nice things

We’ve had our eye on this for a long time
by Tom Harrison | Jan 11, 2020
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Welcome to the Arteon R-Line Edition—a four-door Volkswagen fastback that costs the equivalent of almost £50,000 (around P3.31 million) in its native Germany. The 250-off special edition might cost as much as a very well-specified BMW 5-Series, but it at least has exclusivity on its side.

And kit, lots and lots of kit. The R-Line Edition gets pretty much everything as standard, from black 20-inch alloys and heated leather, to the big infotainment system and a full suite of driver-assistance and active-safety tech.

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As for engines, you get to choose between two gasolines and two diesels. All get a seven-speed DSG. The most powerful—and therefore the most interesting and expensive—is the 272hp 2.0-liter turbopetrol with all-wheel drive.

The Arteon has always been an interesting thing—in that it doesn’t really look like any other Volkswagen. Does the German carmaker’s flagship sedan (in Europe, anyway—RIP Phaeton) have you questioning your desire for a big Merc, BMW, or Audi?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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