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The VW Arteon’s been around a few months. What’s different about this one? Good point. The early Arteons we drove had lots of power, DSG, 4Motion and adaptive dampers. They were, frankly, a little optimistically specced for the fleet-car/cabbing trade. Or indeed for sensible family transport for normal unpretentious people. This one’s different (well, the one we’ve driven; VW’s pictures are of something fancier). It’s front-wheel drive, manual, and pulled along by an economically-tuned petrol. To whit, VW’s 1.5-litre Evo, the one with cylinder shut-off in light-throttle moments. That small an engine in that big a car? Someone’s taking the mick… For sure, the history of, say, the 1.0-litre Mondeo wasn’t a good omen. It promised good economy and failed to deliver.