Volkswagen Arteon

After all, no matter where you are in the VW range or in your mind: Arteon is a pretty big baby with a length of 4.86 meters, a width of 1.87 meters and a height of 1.45 meters. However, in the street, the Arteon does not seem so great: its dynamic lines preserve a nice homogeneity and to believe a micro-sidewalk, many of you consider this model as one of the most beautiful VW ...

Volkswagen Arteon

Serious interior

Once on board, we regret a lack of originality and fantasy on the part of the German manufacturer. Admittedly, everything is perfectly finished, the presentation is quite flattering, even technological with digital instrumentation and ergonomics does not support criticism, but the driver of a Passat will certainly not be out of place. Too bad, for a model that wants to dominate the range, we would have liked some additional efforts ...

Funny welcome

With such dimensions, habitability is obviously consistent. The rear passengers are therefore comfortably accommodated, even if it is advisable to lower their spine: the rear roof guard suffers in effect from a sloping roofline that cuts the last hair of large shorn. The luggage, they are comfortable: from 563 to 1,557 liters, depending on the position of the back seat.

Extended equipment!

In a good flagship, this model is equipped with all the latest advances in the brand in terms of safety and multimedia: Park Assist to the driving assistant in traffic jams, through the intelligent cruise control taking into account the system of reading signs, everything is planned! Arteon, like all big cars in the premium segment, can even turn into a harassing shrew by ordering you to lift your feet when approaching a bend or a crossroads ...

Volkswagen Arteon 2

On the multimedia side, this is also the big demonstration with a beautiful touch screen of superb resolution, with approach sensors, compatibility Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Internet connection, navigation map with traffic info, and various applications ranging from "sometimes useful" to "completely superfluous".

On the way ?

Our model embarked on the basic 2.0 TDI engine. He was mated to the 7-speed DSG gearbox. A 6-speed unit is also available and can plane the price of some 2,750 €, just that ... Developing 150 hp and a torque of 340 Nm between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm, this engine signs pretty performance: 220 km / h and a 0 to 100 km / h in 9.1 seconds.

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Once in motion, one really wonders why the devil spend more? The saturated traffic and the very strict speed limits make this motorization amply sufficient. Powerful from the lowest speeds, this engine allows very convincing occasions. And with the DSG box, the combination is almost perfect. Almost ? Yes, because the engine remains a bit high at high speeds and the box lacks finesse and softness at startup.

Clear behind the ears

Question behavior road, we should not expect any surprises. Arteon exhibits healthy and effective behavior in all circumstances. Tried in dry weather (yes, in Belgium!) And with big "gommards", the beautiful Teutonic never lacked motor skills. Comfort issue, the Arteon is doing well too, especially with the standard adaptive suspension on the two highest finishes. Do not try the devil by opting for the 20-inch rims, strikingly disturbing in the big ruts of our charming road network.

For which budget?

VW offers Arteon from € 34,990 in gasoline (1.5 TSI) or from € 37,720 in diesel (2.0 TDI BM). The Elegance version is displayed from 40.070 € with this 2.0 TDI 150, while the R-Line claims 40,820 €. These fares are significantly lower than those of a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé or Audi A5 Sportback, the two main rivals, albeit more compact jigs.

At the pump, our engine only required 6.5 l / 100 km. A very good result, but we will admit that given the use (mainly highway legal), we expected a little better. Lack of break-in? Tires too wide? CO2 emissions are announced from 110 g / km for this 2.0 TDI 150.

Conclusion

With this model, VW will inevitably seek the premium market, even cannibalize a little in-house customer of the A5 Sportback. This clientele will find in Arteon a car also well designed, but more spacious, better equipped and especially cheaper. The Arteon is a success, partly for its design part that seems to please the greatest number, but also for its technical part which takes what VW knows how to do better.

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