What exactly is a fastback? It is a saloon with a tailgate (like a large hatchback) instead of a notchback boot lid, and the rake of the rear windscreen is sharper (hence “faster”) than that of the front windscreen. The fastback format looks good and provides a practical boot.
These three fastbacks, however, offer more than just practicality. With their strikingly stylish designs and potent engines, they are also capable grand tourers.
The Volkswagen Arteon is aimed at fashion-conscious drivers. With its dramatic, almost artistic styling and muscular 280hp powertrain, few would suspect that the Arteon’s platform is actually a stretched version of the one that underpins its conservative Passat sibling.
The Arteon’s German rival in this story is the Opel Insignia Grand Sport, which is bigger and smarter than its “slowback” saloon predecessor. The new Insignia is also roomier and more refined than the old one, and equipped with a long list of standard features.
Taking on the Teutons in this shootout is the Kia Stinger from Korea. Apart from its head-turning looks, this 2-litre Korean contender also promises exciting rear-drive performance and a well-built cabin packed with numerous amenities.
Which of these fashionable fastbacks has the best blend of style and speed? Let’s go fastback riding and find out!