With the Arteon, VW is reintroducing a sedan which will slot above the Passat CC in the brand's line-up.
The Arteon is more unique and dynamic than the Passat, which had a more conservative look. This is especially true for our test model featuring an R-Line finish, which includes sports front bumpers and chrome exhaust tips, as well as an aluminium-look pedal. And when 20-inch alloy wheels are thrown in, the Arteon is sure to turn heads.
The buyer has the choice between two petrol engines delivering 190 and 280 hp, and three diesel engines with an output of between 150 and 240 hp. All engines are Euro 6 standard. In the diesel version, AdBlue guarantees compliance with standards thanks to its exhaust gas treatment system. In addition, the new
Volkswagen is available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Currently, the smallest diesel engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. All other engines are mated with a seven-speed robotic automatic gearbox.
Comfort and features
The Arteon scores points in particular for generous legroom at the rear, but the roof guard has been slightly reduced to make space for the sloping roofline.
The Arteon's side windows and relatively flat tailgate reduce the panoramic view.
Storage space in the rear is generous, ranging from 563 to 1,557 litres.
At first glance, the passenger compartment is a clever mix of the Passat and the Golf 7.
The analogue clock in the centre dashboard is framed by aluminium air vents, which although sophisticated, does not really distinguish it from the Passat. There are also digital display devices that we recognise from the Golf, such as the Active Info Display and the 9.2 inch Discover Pro touch screens, which react by simple touch of the screen.
The head-up display is unfortunately not reflected on the windshield, as on similar models produced by rival manufacturers, but rather on a separate window between the steering wheel and the windshield.
Arteon does not scrimp on driver assist technology. Some features are new, such as new-generation adaptive cruise control (ACC) with predictive speed control, which takes into account speed limits and distances, and automatically adjusts speed. Of note is Emergency Assist: if the driver does not react, the technology not only brakes the car within system limits, but also activates the hazard warning lights and steers the Arteon into the slow lane, traffic behind permitting.
The smallest diesel Arteon is priced at €34,790 and the smallest petrol version at €39,990. For the top diesel and petrol engines, prices start at €47,000.