Exquisitely designed, the gran tourismo-inspired Arteon emphasises emotionality and the name is constituted from art and emotion.
By RUBIN VAN NIEKERK
Arteon is Volkswagen’s top passenger model that combines avant-garde design with a high level of versatility. Being so spacious is extraordinary for this body design.
A long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupé-style fastback design and a large rear hatch, provides more space and flexibility than conventional saloons. It also means the Arteon is extremely comfortable to drive. A long bonnet extends far forward over a radiator grille that encompasses the vehicle’s full width, resulting in a sports car front-end design appearance.
Technically this new Volkswagen impresses with two highly efficient engines, in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Highly evolved technologically, the navigation system’s GPS and road data interacts with the new dynamic cornering lights with predictive beam control that anticipate when a bend is approaching and illuminates it before the driver actively turns into the bend.
Two equipment lines namely the ‘Elegance’ and ‘R-Line’ offer superb levels of specification. Elegance is about styling and premium luxury, while the R-Line places sportiness and premium class equipment at the heart.
Superb legroom is created due to the spacious premium class accommodation for tall rear seat passengers. The most advanced safety systems include the latest generation technology that integrates speed limits and navigation data into its control and in the event of a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist, the active bonnet is raised in a matter of seconds.
Two turbocharged engines are launched with respectively 130kW for the diesel and 206kW for the petrol version and both are only available with an automated dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The TSI engine also has 4MOTION all-wheel drive as standard, while the diesel models have front-wheel drive.