Style and subtance
It’s a tough job to make a family saloon stand out from the crowd, so hat’s off to the VW designers who created the lithe Arteon. It’s got the looks to wow crowds but has it got what it takes inside and underneath to turn that into sales?
When was the last time you dragged out your phone to snap a picture of a completely standard, fresh-off-the-showroom floor Volkswagen family saloon?
Maybe never would be the answer and yet here I was driving the new Volkswagen Arteon down the main strip at night and getting papped by guys in anything from modified Japanese sports coupes to German sports sedans bearing the letters A, M and G in their name.
It’s fair to say that the new Arteon made an impression on the local car culture scene during my short time with it and I have to say that I don’t blame them, because it is gorgeous.
The five-seater is the spiritual successor to the Passat-based CC which disappeared in 2012, but apart from the svelte, pillarless, four-door coupe look, it shares nothing with the previous style master from Wolfsburg.
The Arteon is effectively VW’s flagship model and has been created by stretching its sleek panels over the company’s MQB transverse architecture used on the new Tiguan. [To be continued...]
There’s no denying that the Volkswagen Arteon is one of the best look saloons we’ve seen on the road in many years. But can its go match its show?
When was the last time you dragged out your phone to snap a picture of a completely standard, fresh-off-the-showroom floor Volkswagen family saloon? Maybe now’s a good time.
It’s fair to say that the new Volkswagen Arteon has made an impression with its handsome looks as the spiritual successor to the Passat CC that disappeared in 2012.
However, apart from its pillarless, four-door coupe look, it shares nothing with the previous CC as the Arteon uses the company’s MQB transverse architecture from the new Tiguan which means its longer, lower and wider with more room inside.
Another differentiator is that the Arteon is a five-door hatch whereas the CC was a four-door sedan and as a result its rear cargo area is cavernous.
Power comes from a 280bhp, two-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 350Nm of torque and in the case of our test car, drives through all four wheels courtesy of VW’s 4Motion AWD system and eight-speed automatic transmission. [To be continued...]