The new Volkswagen Arteon is a stylish four-door coupe that wants to build on the success of the CC. Think of it as a more premium (Euro-spec) Passat with a modern design highlighted by the massive grille, clamshell hood and, obviously, the sloping roofline.
Compared to its predecessor, the Arteon is only 2 inches (50 mm) longer, but the wheelbase has been increased by 5 inches (127 mm), which has freed up more legroom for rear passengers. Cargo space has nearly doubled and users can haul some voluminous stuff in there, while the liftgate enhances practicality.
In the USA, Volkswagen is offering the Arteon in five grades, starting with the $35,845 SE and ending with the SEL Premium R-Line with 4Motion that can be had from $46,210. All models except for the entry-level are offered with standard all-wheel drive and share the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinderthat produces 268 hp (272 PS / 200 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
In spite of not being available with a V6, RoadShow, which had a go in the Arteon SEL Premium, said that the engine offers good overall performance. On the go, the car is comfortable and quiet, and the adaptive chassis control has earned it extra points with the reviewer, as have the larger 12.3-inch infotainment system (standard is 8-in) and digital instrument cluster.
The Arteon goes against cars such as the Kia Stinger and Nissan Maxima, as well as the (more upmarket) Audi A5 Sportback. That’s some very serious competition, so could it be a smart choice in this
sporty niche? Find out by watching the following video review which, at 4+ minutes long, won’t require any popcorn marking.