Volkswagen Arteon review ireland

Volkswagen Arteon 2.0TDI Review

The Volkswagen Arteon is Volkswagen’s posh new flagship and it’s clear from the onset that the Arteon has premium car ambitions.

On looks alone for sure the Volkswagen Arteon can mix it with the big boys. The styling is the most avant garde of Volkswagen’s range of vehicles and this is an extremely handsome car.

Described as a ‘gran turismo’, the Arteon is a five door fastback (think hatchback), slotting in above the Passat, with a beautiful coupé-like profile. The car has width and presence in abundance. Frameless windows add even more prestige.

With pricing starting from €41,495, the Volkswagen Arteon is by no means cheap but this car has some serious interior space. It is huge inside. The rear legroom is limo-like and despite that beautiful coupé-like styling, headroom is not compromised. The hatchback style boot opens, electrically of course, to reveal a 563 litre boot.

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The interior of the new Volkswagen Arteon

Yet from behind the steering wheel, the Arteon is very Passat. The Passat has a fantastic high quality and beautifully designed interior for its class of vehicle but unfortunately it’s a bit underwhelming in the Arteon. Comfortable of course and perfectly functional but lacking the wow factor one might expect from an expensive gran turismo vying for the attention of Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW buyers. An 8” touchscreen comes as standard but there is the option of Volkswagen’s 9.2” Discover Pro Navigation system, which looks great in the centre of the dash.

My test car was powered by the entry level 2.0-litre TDI with 150hp (from €43,650) with 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The combination works well. The diesel is not the most refined at low speeds around town but smooths out to barely a whisper on the open road. The Arteon has excellent long distance cruise ability and is comfortable for the long haul. Buyers seeking more power will find it in the 2.0TDI with 190hp (from €48,395) or the top of the range 2.0TDI 240hp 4MOTION. There is also the option of a 1.5-litre (150hp) or 2.0-litre (190hp) TSI petrol.

The Arteon handles predictably and contains itself well in corners despite being sized extra large. The steering weights up well in the corners but there is little feedback and buyers looking for any keen dynamism should look elsewhere.

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The Volkswagen Arteon is a large, long distance cruiser with plenty of kerb appeal

Standard equipment is very good including 18” alloys, adaptive cruise control, park distance control, rain sensing wipers, tri zone climate control and a three year free subscription to Car-Net ‘Security & Service’, a new concierge system that can call the emergency services should you have an accident and allow you to remotely check data about your car, among other functions. My Elegance test car (from €44,195) had leather/Alcantara upholstery, ambient lighting, voice control, digital instrument panel and rear view camera. R-Line models start from €45,995 with 19” alloys, sporty ‘R-Line‘ steering wheel and seats, running rear indicators, dynamic headlight range control with dynamic cornering function, and adaptive chassis control on the 240hp model.

The Volkswagen Arteon is a strikingly handsome car and the price is likely to keep it as a more exclusive offering in the Volkswagen range and add to the aura of desirability. The Arteon is a very handsome car and can certainly grab attention but can it keep it? Quality, space and comfort are the Arteon’s best attributes, but the Arteon falls short on the dynamic appeal that one might expect from a car that looks this good. But for Volkswagen fans happy to pay a premium, the new Arteon is a safe choice.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Volkswagen Arteon Elegance 2.0TDI DSG 150hp
Price: 
€48,550 (Range starts at €41,495)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
150hp
Torque: 340Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.1 seconds
Top speed: 220km/h
Economy: 
4.5l/100km
CO2 emissions:  
116g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year


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Volkswagen Arteon First Drive Review

The Volkswagen Arteon has just arrived in Ireland and is a new flagship model for the brand. This five seat ‘fastback’ sits above the Passat in the Volkswagen range. It might look like a logical replacement for the Passat CC, but Volkswagen does not see it as a direct successor, citing it as an entirely new model.

Styling

The styling is indeed a big step up from the Passat and they won’t be confused side by side. The new Arteon has elite styling and is the most avant garde model Volkswagen currently produces. The Arteon has the presence of a large business class ‘gran turismo’ on the road, with graceful coupé like styling. LED headlights and 18” alloys are standard. There are currently six colours available for new Arteon, including the striking Turmeric Yellow, with more to join later.

Interior

Inside, the cabin borrows a little from the Passat, but there is a greater feeling of space and width, and the driving position is more sporty. An 8” touchscreen comes as standard with a glossy black surround, though a larger 9.2” version is also available. An impressive full digital instrument panel (‘Active Info Display’) is standard on all but the base model. Alcantara and leather seats are standard on Elegance and R-Line, with full leather an option.

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The interior of the new Volkswagen Arteon

Practicality

The passenger space in the Arteon is very impressive and it is bigger internally than a Passat. There are large footwells in the back and the hatchback style boot holds 563 litres.

Engines

In Ireland, the Volkswagen Arteon is offered with a 2.0-litre diesel only with 150hp, 190hp or 240hp. The 2.0-litre TDI 150hp is expected to be the biggest seller and is available with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The other engines are exclusively fitted with DSG. The range topping model is the 2.0-litre TDI 240hp with 4MOTION all wheel drive. The 2.0-litre TDI 150hp falls into tax band A4 with motor tax of €200 per year and the official fuel economy is 4.5l/100km on DSG models.

On the road

I had limited time to test the new Arteon on the road, so I will share my driving impressions after carrying out a longer road test.

Equipment

The new Volkswagen Arteon is available in three trim levels in Ireland: Arteon, Arteon Elegance and Arteon R-Line. Standard equipment includes 8“ touchscreen with navigation and eight speakers, 18“ alloys, ErgoComfort seats, predictive cruise control, park distance control, rain sensing wipers, tri zone climate control and a three year free subscription to Car-Net 'Security & Service', a new concierge system that can call the emergency services should you have an accident and allow you to remotely check data about your car, among other functions. The Elegance model adds leather/Alcantara upholstery, ambient lighting, voice control, Active Info Display and rear view camera. R-Line models add 19“ wheels, sporty ‘R-Line‘ steering wheel and seats, running rear indicators, dynamic headlight range control with dynamic cornering function, and adaptive chassis control on the 240hp model.

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The Volkswagen Arteon has gone on sale in Ireland priced from €43,295

Pricing

The Arteon range starts at €43,295 for the Arteon 2.0-litre 150hp with a six-speed manual transmission and there is a €2,200 price walk to the DSG version. The 2.0-litre 150hp Elegance model with a manual transmission starts at €45,995. The 2.0-litre 190hp Elegance model comes with the 7-speed DSG transmission only and costs €50,195.  The top-of-the-range R-Line Arteon starts at €47,795 for the 2.0-litre 150hp with the 6-speed manual transmission and rises to €49,995 when a 7-speed DSG transmission is added. The Arteon R-Line with 190hp and the 7-speed DSG costs €51,995 and at the top of the Arteon range, the flagship version is the 240hp 2.0-litre TDI R-Line, which comes with the 7-speed DSG and 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard, as well as Adaptive Chassis Control. This model costs €55,895.

Rivals

The Volkswagen Arteon is pitched against cars like the Audi A5 Sportback and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé.

Verdict

The Volkswagen Arteon has enough prestige and kerb appeal to command its price tag and with generous space and spec, the new Arteon could work out as very good value indeed.

The new Volkswagen Arteon is in dealers now.

Caroline Kidd