The Volkswagen Arteon was created to tempt you. Consider the following scenario: you’re in a showroom, enjoying the company of a salesperson with a broad smile and ivory teeth who’s trying to close the deal on your next new family car. You’re about to sign on the dotted line when you notice something out of the corner of your eye that causes your pen to pause. It has the appearance of a standard executive saloon, but it is glitzier, sleeker, and altogether more desirable. This is the Passat Arteon.
It’s based on Passat
It’s based on the Passat and is slightly longer, lower, and wider than the Passat, with a distinctive coupé-like roofline that tapers smoothly into the boot. That gives it a more upmarket appearance, which is exactly what Volkswagen is pitching it as: an upmarket car to compete with the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, and Jaguar XE.
Fans of the latter may appreciate the R-Line trim level’s bolder styling, or if you need a little more practicality than the standard Gran Turismo model, there’s the Passat Arteon Shooting Brake (read estate). You can learn more about it by following the link. There’s even a plug-in hybrid version of both if you’re looking for seriously low company car bills or zero-emissions running.
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time behind the wheel, an Arteon is the way to go. Fundamentally, the driving position is excellent, with plenty of adjustment options, including a height and reach adjustable steering wheel. The entry-level Elegance trim includes electric adjustment for the driver’s seat backrest . As well as four-way lumbar adjustment, with the rest of the seat, including its height, adjusted manually. Power adjustment and memory settings are standard on R models . Also available as options on lesser models, along with a massage and cooling function. A front center armrest is included as standard.
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