Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake review

Category: Executive car

Section: Interior

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 interior dashboard
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  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 rear door detail
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2021 boot open
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

You feel like you’re sitting a little higher up in the Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake than you would be in the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake, giving it slightly less of that low-slung, sporty feel from behind the wheel. Still, the driving position is mainly sound.

There’s lots of steering wheel adjustment and, even in the entry-level Elegance trim, a six-way-adjustable driver’s seat; this includes electric operation of the seatback and the lumbar support. If you want full power adjustment, or memory and massage functions, you’ll need to raid the options list or go for the sporty R model, which has these features as standard.

It includes in-built sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard. A larger 9.2in screen, with online services and wireless phone charging, is optional and there’s an upgrade available for the standard eight-speaker stereo: it’s a 10-speaker, 700-watt Harman Kardon sound system.

Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit is standard on all trims. It’s a 10.3in screen that takes the place of analogue instrument dials, allowing various configurations on the style and the substance of what’s being displayed. You can also specify a head-up display, which it reflects on to a piece of clear plastic that pops out the top of the dashboard. It’s not as good as the versions available in cars such as the Audi A4 Avant and BMW 3 Series Touring, which display directly onto the windscreen.

There’s better visibility in the Arteon Shooting Brake than there is in the CLA Shooting Brake, thanks in part to its relatively thin windscreen pillars. The view out the rear isn’t as open as it is in the Passat Estate but it’s fine, and it’s slightly better than the outlook from the rear of the regular Arteon hatchback.

Standard front and rear parking sensors assist with any parking woes, while entry-level Elegance trim (but not mid-trim R-Line, oddly) also has a rear-view camera. If you need more reassurance, a 360-degree parking camera is optional. To help at night, all models get bright LED headlights as standard. Adaptive LED headlights, which are called ‘IQ. Light’ in the brochure, are optional. You can leave these on main beams and they adapt their light pattern automatically to prevent blinding other road users.

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