Published on January 11th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volkswagen Arteon In Singapore at SG 221,900. Malaysia?
The new Arteon has the proportions of a Gran Tourismo with a highly functional overall concept. It offers the very latest infotainment features and semi-automated driving functions. At the same time, our new top-of the-line model offers great value for money. That is how we are challenging the premium carmakers.”
Frameless side windows, a wrap-around bonnet and finely detailed dynamic lines in the style of a GT – these define the look of the new Arteon. The wide-opening rear hatch that is hinged at the top gives easy access to the 563-litre luggage compartment – that is best-in-class.
The latest generation driver assistance systems are celebrating their premiere in the Arteon, such as the further developed Emergency Assist and the further developed Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which control the car’s speed while taking route data and speed limits into account. In addition, there are premium features such as a navigation system with a glass cover and full-LED headlights. Available as an option for the first time are predictive cornering lights with predictive control – thanks to camera-based information and navigation data, the bend is already illuminated before the driver steers into it.
The new Volkswagen Arteon is a five-seat car which is well-tailored for long journeys due to its high level of comfort and spaciousness. Unlike a traditional saloon, this gran turismo is also equipped with a variable luggage compartment. Thanks to its large rear hatch and its 1/3 to 2/3 foldable rear seat backrest, the Arteon boasts an SUV-like amount of luggage space.
Lots of space for driver and front passenger
In front, the driver and front passenger benefit from the excellent package provided by the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB); a lot of space is created by the transversely mounted engine and the forward positioning of the front axle. The clean and expressive design, uncompromising ergonomic efficiency and new interactive interfaces between human and machine create a cosy yet high-tech atmosphere in the Arteon. The generous front interior width of 1,500 mm provides a very real sensation of superior spaciousness. This also holds true for the interior height, which reaches a maximum of 1,008 mm in the front.
Best in class rear legroom
Volkswagen has also exploited the potential of the long 2,841 mm wheelbase to provide excellent space for the three rear seating positions. Consider legroom, for instance: the figure of 1,016 mm attained here is the best in the competitive field. In this regard the Arteon competes with luxury saloons in the over five metres category. Rear headroom is also excellent at 940 mm thanks to the long roof. The outer seating positions take the form of contoured individual seats which offer outstanding ergonomics. In terms of design, the third seat in the centre is also meets the standards of a touring car. The rear interior width of 1,481 mm offers enough space for three adults as well as easy integration of child seats (ISOFIX retaining rings on the outer rear seats as standard).
Up to 1,557 litres of boot volume
As outlined above, the asymmetrically-folding rear backrest is standard. With the leather and Alcantara equipment packages, the middle seat position also features an armrest which can be folded down, and behind it there is a large pass-through opening which can be used to accommodate items such as skis. Thanks to its folding rear seat bench and generous interior length, the Arteon offers a measure of flexibility which far exceeds that of a traditional saloon. This is effectively illustrated by the vehicle’s boot volume of 563 – 1,557 litres, which is more reminiscent of an SUV than an exclusive gran turismo. In the five-seat configuration, the luggage compartment has a length of 1,181 mm; if the rear backrest is folded down this figure rises to a considerable 2,092 mm.
The Volkswagen Arteon is reinterpreting the idea of the ‘gran turismo’ in its interior as well with its combination of avant-garde design, sporty charisma, great flexibility and generous space. The interactive and digitalised interfaces found in this interior include optional technology features such as the Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) and a head-up display. Volkswagen has redesigned the infotainment systems. The top Discover Pro system has a tablet-like glass surface; its 9.2-inch display features innovative gesture control.
The TSI engine comes standard with a 7-speed DSG gearbox and all-wheel drive. Comfortable and agile in equal measure, the turbocharged direct injection engine produces a peak power output of 280 PS between 5,100 and 6,500 rpm from its 1,984cc of displacement. Its considerable maximum torque of 350 Nm is available over an engine speed range of 1,700 to 5,600 rpm. The 280 PS engine propels the Arteon from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds; its top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h.