The Arteon Elegance features stands out from the crowd with chrome styling (including matte chrome door mirror caps) and frameless side windows. 18" Muscat alloy wheel come as standard. The interior of the Arteon is just as premium, with standard ergoComfort sports seats in Nappa leather, available in a choice of colours. Oh, and of course there is the massive 563 litres of luggage space in the boot.
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The Arteon R-Line is the perfect combination of sporty design and style. You can't miss the unique R-Line front bumper that features gloss black ‘C’ signature air intakes, gloss black rear tailgate spoiler and 19” Montevideo alloy wheels as standard. Like the Elegance it also ticks the boxes on technology with predictive cornering lights, NEW ACC technology, digital displays and LED lights as standard, and a massive 563 litres of luggage space.
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Given that the Volkswagen Group also includes the hugely successful SKODA and SEAT brands, Volkswagen’s board had a choice; to stay and fight it out among the mainstream car makers or move up and take on the might of rival German prestige marques. The Arteon shows they chose the latter route. It’s slick, stylish, luxurious and packed with innovative technology, ideal for the entrepreneur or director.
The Arteon may be a four-door but the look is more executive class than family saloon, with a wrap-around bonnet and frameless side windows giving it a sleek coupé look. Despite the sporty lines it accommodates four or five in comfort while conveying all the right messages in the directors’ car park. There’s a choice of two trim levels; Elegance is understated, classic and sharply defined, with a strip of chrome running around the lower bodywork, while the sportier R-Line has a more aggressive style with restyled bumpers, gloss black front intakes and Montevideo Black alloy wheels.
For prestigious executive cars like the Arteon, the technology is as important as the 0-60 figures, and the Arteon brings a full deck to the table. Every Arteon gets Volkswagen’s Active Info Display, Discover Navigation system, three-zone climate control, LED self-levelling headlights, and GPS-aided adaptive cruise control (ACC). Car-Net ‘App-Connect’ 5 allows the Arteon to connect with current Apple and Android smartphone, while Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) provides a choice of Eco, Normal, Comfort or Sport modes.
There are eight drivetrain choices once you take into account the option of 7-speed DSG automatic transmission and six-speed manual. Petrol engines are all 2.0 TSI, with power outputs of 150PS, 190PS and 280PS; the 150PS model is front-drive, the 190PS model offers a choice of front-drive or 4Motion, and it’s 4Motion as standard on the most powerful model, which can sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.6 seconds.
Business users may prefer to go the diesel route; again, there’s a 2.0 TDI 150PS with front-wheel drive, a 2.0 TDI 190PS which offers a choice of front drive or 4Motion, and the range topping BiTDI 240PS with 4Motion as standard. Most efficient model in the range is the Elegance 2.0 TDI 150PS SCR 6-speed manual, which achieves 65.7 combined mpg and 112 g/km CO2. All models in the range are Euro6 compliant, and the diesels all feature the AdBlue advanced emissions control system.
Verdict: A decade ago nobody considering an Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz would have thought of including a Volkswagen on their wish list. Those days are gone; the Arteon is a real contender. It looks the part, is outstandingly refined on the move and has all the features that the most ardent of technophobes could desire. Still undecided? Take a test drive and its many fine qualities will shine out.