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Very few practical family cars can be described as handsome, but this latest arrival from Volkswagen is one of the best looking do-it-all motors on the market today.
It's called the Arteon and is a 'five-door gran turismo' version of the immensely functional, if not a little dull, Passat saloon.
Revealed on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, the car will go head-to-head with rival German models like the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Turismo - both of which also blend coupe-like styling with interiors capable of taking 2.4-children and all the necessary luggage on holiday.
It's the like-for-like replacement for the outgoing VW CC - or Passat CC as it was formerly known.
'Rakish' is the best word to describe the silhouette, with fastback coupe looks merged with two additional doors for easy access to the rear seats.
But it's the styling up front that will get tongues wagging the most, with VW departing from its current design language as it continues attempts to reinvent the brand on the back of the emissions cheating scandal that's now turned into a reputation-battering ordeal for Europe's market-leading car maker.
Stepping away from the familiar VW face, the LED lights now form the flanks of a single-piece extended grille, which makes the car appear flatter and more purposeful head-on.
The straight-lined bonnet lid caps the entire front end of the vehicle and also forms the aggressive shoulder line that runs along the profile of the car, trimming the peaks of the front wheel arches on the way.
At the opposite end, horizontal LED taillights are placed beneath a small lip spoiler on the hatch lid on all models including the performance 'R-Line' range (the yellow one pictured).
Thankfully, under that suave shell hides an immensely practical car - there's loads of rear legroom promised and a boot with a capacity of 563 litre with the rear backrests in the upright position or a van-like 1,557 litres when they're folded flat.
Volkswagen has also taken some of the features from the exterior or the car and incorporated them into the cabin to ensure it's as upmarket as it is useful.
The dashboard-wide stretched air vents replicate the grille and light structure on the outside of the car and incorporate an ambient lighting strip that wraps around the door trim to make you feel like you're surrounded by a dimly-lit equator.
It looks like it will be an enjoyable and relaxing place to sit, no matter how many times the kids ask 'are we there yet?'.
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, there's plenty of tech on offer too - buyers can choose a touchscreen infotainment system ranging from 6.5 inches to 9.2 inches in size and the optional Active Info Display digital instrument panel is also up for grabs if you're happy to pay a little extra for it.
Six engines will be available from launch - and yes, there are diesel options.
The German carmaker's new 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol motor is the entry-level powerplant, while there are 187bhp and 276bhp versions of the bigger-capacity 2.0-litre TFSI unit.
The three diesels offered are all 2.0-litre TDI engines with 148bhp, 187bhp and 237bhp respectively, with 4MOTION all-wheel-drive only available with the two most powerful versions.