Launched at Geneva 2017, the Volkswagen Arteon expands the brands’ line-up with this new fastback, four-door saloon. Featuring Volkswagen’s premium technology and a design that’s been crafted with the intention of producing an emotional response in everyone that sees it, the Arteon is an exciting addition to the range. Already available in the German market, the Volkswagen Arteon release date in the UK sees orders already being taken and the Arteon will be in showrooms from September 2017.
Choice of two
- LED self-levelling headlights
- Nappa leather upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Navigation system with 8” colour touchscreen
- Three-zone climate control
The Volkswagen Arteon R Line adds a host of look-better, sporty features designed to complement its lowered sports suspension. These include upgraded alloys, the R-Line exterior styling pack,
a leather-trimmed, three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inserts and lots of R-Line badging.
With 0-62mph possible in 5.6 seconds and emissions as low as 116g/km, depending on your engine choice, let’s take a look at the Volkswagen Arteon engines available:
- 1.5 ltr TSI 150 PS
- 2.0 ltr TSI 190 PS
- 2.0 ltr TSI 280 PS 4MOTION
- 2.0 ltr TDI SCR 150 PS
- 2.0 ltr BiTDI SCR 240 PS 4MOTION
SCR means Selective Catalytic Reduction and is Volkswagens’ technology for reducing the potentially harmful emissions that diesel engines can produce. SCR requires you to top up your car’s AdBlue tank every few thousand miles, in order to maintain the car’s Euro 6 rating and minimise those emissions. Much more exciting is 4MOTION, Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system. This always-on system is ready to up the traction by adjusting how much power is sent to the front or rear axles, as soon as your car starts losing grip, whether that’s due to poor road conditions or poor weather. Models with 4MOTION also come with dynamic chassis control, which allows driving characteristics to be individually tuned, with four pre-sets: Eco, Normal, Comfort and Sport, as well as an Individual mode that offers 43 selectable stages. Your choice of transmission starts with the six-speed manual on the 1.5 ltr TSI, but also available across the engine range is a seven-speed auto DSG.
Safe, safer, safest
And Volkswagen can be justifiably proud of its Euro NCAP achievement here. The Arteon came out with an 85% rating for pedestrian protection, the highest scoring executive vehicle ever tested. In addition, it scored 96% for adult occupant protection, and 85% for child occupant protection. Thanks to its range of driver assistance and safety systems including as standard on both trim levels lane assist, front assist area monitoring system with emergency braking, seatbelt fastening reminders for all seats, and cruise control, the Arteon achieved an 82% score, all combining to produce a 5 star overall rating for safety.
Look at all that tech
Car-Net. It comes in three guises: Guide and Inform, Security and Service, and App-Connect. Guide and Inform gives the driver access to all sorts of online information, like traffic updates, local fuel pricing, weather forecasts, news feeds and even where to find a parking space. It all comes with a three-year subscription from purchasing a new Arteon. Security and Service uses integrated SIM-card connectivity to keep the driver and Volkswagen in touch. eCall enables calls to emergency services, automatic notification of accidents and breakdowns, and regular health check and servicing scheduling – all with a ten-year subscription. The driver is also kept aware of the status of doors and lights, any speed alerts, current vehicle location and there’s also an online security alarm – again there’s a three-year subscription from new. App-Connect brings MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the Arteon. Then, of course, there’s the ubiquitous sat nav system. With its 8” touchscreen, the Discover navigation system comes with European data, a choice of three routes offered to cover the fastest, shortest and most eco options, a 2D or 3D map view, and driver tips with journey analysis. Integral with the system are Bluetooth with simultaneous pairing of two devices, a DAB receiver, an SD card reader and a CD player. All that audio is pushed through eight speakers.
Fancy an Arteon option or two?
You can add a vast array of options to your Arteon. For example, there’s a wide choice of additional driver assistance systems, including an area and rear-view camera, emergency assist, which will actually bring the Arteon to a controlled stop if the driver is unresponsive, a head-up display, great for keeping eyes on the road at all times, and park assist. Other worth while options include keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof and voice activation for phone and navigation. You could also up the spec of the Discover navigation system to the Pro version to add a raft of extra features. The Volkswagen Arteon is Volkswagen’s attempt to move up in the world and become an Audi. What do you think of it? Let us know below.