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Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI 190 R-Line 6spd manual
Volkswagen Arteon - Overview
The Arteon is Volkswagen’s attempt to move the brand upmarket and offer an alternative to premium brand executive saloons. The idea is to combine elegant styling with practicality and the very latest technology to grab the attention and provide an alternative to four-door coupes such as the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe or Audi A5 Sportback. It’s effectively replaced the Volkswagen CC model, but has moved up a class in terms of price tag,quality and technology.
What is the Volkswagen Arteon like to drive?
The Arteon is set up to be a grand tourer rather than sporty coupe, and its priority is to carry four people plus luggage in comfort rather than offering a compellingly sporty experience. Comfortable seats, top-notch refinement levels, smart interior, excellent engines and the latest safety technology all confirm this approach, with the tech being particularly impressive. Standard fit on all Arteons is the Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control system that includes Road Recognition. What that all means is that, as well as the regular ACC system that applies the brakes as the car approaches slower traffic, the Arteon will also slow itself for junctions, bends and roundabouts using a combination of forward cameras and the sat nav mapping, even braking automatically for turning into side roads when the nav is programmed. It’s a massively impressive and pioneering system that has real safety benefits, especially as it’s fitted as standard rather than as an expensive option. VW’s 4Motion four-wheel drive system is fitted to the most powerful petrol and diesel engines and is an option on the 190hp diesel. All other cars are front-wheel drive.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 2.0 190hp, 135g/km CO2 (26% BIK), 47.1mpg
- 2.0 280hp, 164g/km CO2 (31% BIK), 38.7mpg
- 2.0 150hp, 112-116g/km CO2 (24-25% BIK), 62.8-65.7mpg
- 2.0 190hp, 119-134g/km CO2 (25-28% BIK), 55.4-61.4mpg
- 2.0 240hp, 152g/km CO2 (32% BIK), 47.9mpg
- 6-speed manual
- 7-speed automatic
Volkswagen Arteon trim levels explained
Volkswagen offers two specifications; a well-kitted Elegance trim and a £785 walk-up to the R-Line, which is a mainly cosmetic enhancement.
- 18” alloys
- Sat nav
- Automatic lights
- Three-zone climate control
- Electric driver’s seat
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Leather interior
- Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control
- City Emergency Braking
- Driver fatigue detection
- Four-mode drive select
- Lane Keep Assist
- Seven airbags
- 19” alloys
- Styling pack
- Tinted rear windows
- Paddle shift levers (auto only)
How to spec the Volkswagen Arteon
The Elegance trim level comes fully loaded with equipment, but Volkswagen has set the range up so the sportier styling of the R-Line is a step of just £785, which includes the uprated and larger alloy wheels. On a car that’s already well over £30,000, that’s not much of a step and one that’s certainly recommendable. Though there’s a wealth of standard equipment, the likes of the rear parking camera (£315), parking assist (£645), keyless entry (£455) and head-up display (£495) are nice to have and keenly priced.
Volkswagen Arteon Interior – what’s it like?
The interior is recognisable to anyone that has been inside the latest generation of Volkswagens, but a step up in quality. Comfortable seats and a high-class cabin make for a car that belongs in this premium price bracket and the latest infotainment system, run through an 8.0” touchscreen, is very slick. There’s a huge amount of rear legroom and boot space impresses at 563 litres, accessed via a practical hatchback tailgate. Both rear seat and boot space are claimed to be best in class. Our choice for the best engine is the 190hp diesel that combines impressive fuel figures and a great level of performance.
The Arteon looks great, is very practical and is loaded with safety equipment to a level not seen before in any car of any price. Combine this with the relaxed and comfortable driving characteristics, and the Arteon makes a very compelling executive choice.