VOLKSWAGEN
Arteon

With its beautiful svelte-like streamlining, raft of top notch techno treats, elegant styling and great handling capabilities, it’s easy to see why the Arteon is being billed as the flagship of the VW stables. Factor in the competitive price-tag and it’s sure to make the premium marques sit up and take note.

 

The good

Looks, driving dynamics and economy

The bad

Difficult to make an impact in the premium sector

Tech Specs

Price from
£33,505
Combined Fuel up to
65.7mpg
0-62 from
5.6 seconds
max speed up to
155mph
co2 from
112g/km

Test Drive

Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 2.0-litre 150PS 7-speed DSG

There’s a new flagship model in the Volkswagen stable – it’s called the Arteon and boasts svelte-like fastback styling which, combined with excellent performance capabilities, could see it taking on the big guns in the premium sector.

The four-door, front-wheel-drive Arteon costs from £33,505 and is available in two trim levels called Elegance, which is the more sophisticated version, and R-Line which adds an element of sporty prowess to the mix.

There is a choice of three punchy engines which are a 2.0-litre 280PS petrol Evo unit and two 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines with outputs of 150PS and 240PS. In due course, an additional three powertrains will be introduced.

Our test model, priced at £35,090 (£41,660 with options) was powered by a 2.0-litre 150PS diesel engine mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission in R-Line trim.

From any approach, the Arteon looks fabulous thanks to its muscular stance and coupe fastback styling and there are plenty of eye-catching design cues, including an imposing grille that spreads the width of the car and blends smoothly into the light units, a clamshell bonnet, plus an R-Line styling pack that adds special bumpers with C-signature gloss black front air intakes and a gloss black rear tailgate spoiler, tinted glass and lots of R-Line badging. The look is completed by the Montevideo Black 19-inch alloys.

Move inside and you will be met by a classy, elegant cabin that oozes style and is packed with first class technology. There are Nappa leather seats that can be electrically adjusted and the soft touch materials, ambient lighting and brushed aluminium trim is complemented further by piano black decorative inserts on the centre console.

On-board techno treats include the likes of an attractive 12.3-inch digital Active Info Display which takes the place of the analogue TFT screen. This new instrumentation has an ultra modern appearance and can be configured to show maps, music, phone contacts or the more conventional speedo and rev counters. In addition, the Arteon offers full smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, online access via VW’s Car-Net system and an 11-speaker plus subwoofer sound system that added £1,010 to the price-tag. Other creature comforts include a  smart touchscreen, head-up display, sat nav and plenty more besides.

VW is hoping to challenge the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe for sales, and if comfort and performance are anything to go by, it has every chance of succeeding.

That’s because the Arteon seems to glide across the Tarmac with barely a sound filtering through to the beautifully insulated cabin. As it cuts its path through the country lanes it is superbly balanced and composed without the slightest hint of any body roll. The road-holding is ultra grippy and there is plenty of driver feedback through the precise steering. It’s as smooth as they come without spending ridiculous sums of cash.

There are various driving modes called Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual which alter the car’s handling and responses. And for some additional tuning there are the Comfort+ and Sport+ settings.

The most dynamic Arteon on sale is the 2.0-litre 280PS TSI version which can soar to 62mph from a standing start in just 5.6 seconds and whilst our car wasn’t quite so blisteringly fast it was certainly no slouch. It could complete the 0-62mph dash in a creditable 9.1 seconds, maxed out at 137mph and, according to official figures, delivered combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg with carbon emissions of 116g/km.

Despite its length of almost 4.9 metres, the Arteon is easy to manoeuvre and the addition of Park Assist, which was a £645 optional extra, made very light work of any parking issues.

To compete on a premium level, comfort levels need to be sublime and, in fairness to the VW Arteon, they are impressive. There is ample space for back seat passengers, although anyone over six foot may find the headroom a little restricted due to the car’s sloping roofline. Storage options are also good with a boot capacity that ranges from 563 to 1,557 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat.

And as one would expect from VW, the Arteon is packed with a raft of safety features that helped it achieve the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests.

All in all, the VW Arteon is a fabulous new arrival. It looks the business thanks to its elegant yet sporty streamlined body, it’s packed with classy, innovative technology and it delivers a driving experience that matches its dynamic styling. It even comes with a very competitive price-tag.

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