The new Arteon is a five-door Gran Turismo by Volkswagen. It offers five seats and is supposed to combine the design elements of a sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback.
The standard LED headlights merge visually with the wide front grill. This could be the new brand face for some of Volkswagen’s upcoming models, I could well imagine the next VW Touareg to feature a very similar look.
The long wheelbase provides excellent on board space. The boot is large and provides a variable luggage compartment that offers a minimum of 563l of load space. There are six different turbocharged engines available at launch; offering between 150 and 280hp.
The top engines are combined with a 7-speed DSG transmission and 4motion all-wheel drive. You can also order “Active Info Display” as an option which gives you digital instrument clusters and a 9.2-inch infotainment system with gesture control.
The VW Arteon features new assistance systems for its segment: the adaptive cruise control can react to speed limits, curves and roundabouts. For me, this is the next important step towards fully autonomous drive cars.
At launch, there are two style-lines: “Elegance” and “R-Line”, which will offer a wide range of customization options.
I personally prefer the R-Line styling. I think VW would benefit from having more options that are just a bit more emotional.