There were 42 new models in the running for the '2017 Golden Steering Wheel' awards. The readers of AUTO BILD, its more than 20 European partner magazines and 'Bild am Sonntag' voted for the best vehicles in advance. The 20 cars from five rating classes with the most votes were then tested by 52 jurors on the Balocco test track in Italy. The awards committee included race car drivers Walter Röhrl, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Mick Schumacher, Matthias Ekström, Sebastian Ogier and Timo Scheider. The vehicles were also evaluated by German celebrity car enthusiasts who included Barbara Schöneberger, Kai Pflaume and Richy Müller as well as editors in chief, connectivity experts, designers, engineers, frequent drivers and, for the first time, members of environmental organisations.
The Arteon topped the field in the 'Midsize and premium class' category. The awards committee noted that the gran turismo is a true all-rounder with refined chassis tuning, a good engine and wonderful steering. The Arteon is being offered at prices starting at 34,775 euros (Germany). Engine output options for the Volkswagen – which is available with front- or all-wheel drive – range from 110 kW / 150 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS2)3).