Before you start reading this article, just pause for a moment and look at the pictures. Have a look at this thing. And after spending a few days with the Arteon, trust me, even our resident photographer Shane’s great pictures don’t do it justice. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but the Arteon looks incredible.
It’s stance looks so sexy and tough yet classy and elegant all at once. The full car horizontal shoulder line accentuates the low wide look and I love the recessed headlights, the optional satin black 20” rims and fast back rear end.
And this fast back tail gate helps in making the Arteon seriously practical. The boot is absolutely huge but this doesn't impact room in the rear seats. There’s a load of leg room even when the front pews are set at their fully back position and the rear seats get their own seat heating and climate control.
Elsewhere inside, it’s just as impressive. It’s more familiar Volkswagen in here than the exterior but that’s no bad thing when it looks this good. The quality is excellent and VW have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the Arteon. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard as are the heated leather seats, a 9.2” touch screen with gesture control, digital drivers display, head up display and pretty much everything is adjustable and customisable in one way or another.
Under the Hood
Under the bonnet the Arteon comes with a 206kW 350Nm 2 litre 4 cylinder turbo charged engine similar to what is found the in VW golf R and Audi S3 and it’s mated to a 7 speed DSG gearbox putting drive down to all 4 wheels through Volkswagens 4Motion AWD system.
What does this all mean? Well 0-100 is dealt with in around 5 and half seconds making the Arteon a respectably quick machine and it’s frugal too with a claimed fuel usage of 7.5L/100km.
It’s not only impressive in a straight line either. The Arteon comes standard with adaptive suspension which, like the steering and throttle response, can be adjusted via the 4 different drive modes or customise your favourite setup to your taste but selecting “Normal” suited what this car is all about. It’s not overtly sporty or a true performance car yet it is a spirited grand tourer and “Normal” reflects that. Cornering remains flat even when pushed but the ride is comfortable at all times and the car feels completely secure even when enthusiastically exploring it’s abilities.
And while the driving experience is entertaining, the Arteon features the absolute latest in safety tech giving you real peace of mind. Lane Change assist, a host of airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Jam Assist, City Emergency braking with Pedestrian monitoring and Emergency Assist 2 will not only look after you but even anyone near the vicinity of the car.
The Arteon is at a similar price point to Audi’s A5 Sportback, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes Benz CLA but Volkswagens sexy new GT car offers more size, more tech and dare I say it, more actual prestige than it’s German rivals. It’s not reliant on it’s badge to impress.
Volkswagen is normally a brand you'd consider when in you're in the market for a nice Subaru, Honda or Mazda but the Arteon is more a competitor for brands like BMW, Audi and Mercedes. It really is that special.
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