The Volkswagen Arteon sits within the rest of the VW range like a hot chilli you throw into a rather generic curry to give it a bit of a kick. It’s big, roomy coupe that spices up the Volkswagen Passat’s family-friendly recipe with its seriously stylish design.
The Arteon’s big front grille helps it stand out from other similar coupes such as the Audi A5 Sportback, but the VW can’t match the Audi’s stylish interior design. Almost everything inside the Arteon has been borrowed from the much-cheaper Passat.
Sure, the cabin is well built, the materials are soft to the touch and it comes with a digital instrument screen like in an Audi TT, but the VW Arteon’s cabin lacks the pizzazz of some alternatives.
What it loses out in the style stakes, the Arteon’s cabin makes up for in practicality. There’s plenty of space for you to stretch out in the heated electrically adjustable front seats and there’s more knee room in the back than you get in the not-exactly-cramped Audi A5 Sportback.
Things get a bit cosy if you try to carry three adults at once, but at least you’ll easily fit three people’s luggage in the big boot, which is noticeably bigger than the A5 Sportback’s. And, that’s before you’ve flipped to back seats down.
You can get the VW Arteon with a range of petrol and diesel engines. The more affordable petrol models are better suited to city driving while the diesel versions are a better fit for those doing lots of long motorway journeys. You can also get it with four-wheel drive, though its an option you can probably do without unless you live somewhere prone to particularly icy winter weather.
Whichever you pick, don’t expect the Volkswagen Arteon to feel quite as sporty as an Audi A5 Sportback or BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe when you come to a twisty road.
It soaks up bumps well, however, especially when you flick the optional adjustable suspension into comfort mode, and there’s lots of high-end technology to keep you safe, including s a system that’ll automatically pull over and stop the car if it detects you’ve fallen unconscious at the wheel.
All this tech helps make the Volkswagen Arteon a practical and stylish coupe that’s safe, and well suited to family life. It’s just a shame it lacks the allure of rivals with more premium badges.
Read on for our in-depth interior, practicality and driving review sections or head over to our VW Arteon deals page to see how much you can save on your next new car.
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