The interior layout, fit and finish
Entry-level Elegance trim gets you electric adjustment for the driver's seat backrest, as well as four-way lumbar adjustment, and manual adjustment for everything else, including height. Multi-way electrically adjustable seats are an option, while the seats themselves are quite flat and wide, but give good support.
The Arteon's dashboard is taken from the Passat. However, that’s a good thing, because it has logically placed buttons and switches that make it easy to use. And Volkswagen has made an effort to jazz up the Arteon's interior with ritzy inserts and contrasting stitching on the seats. True, with the same heater controls that you get in cheaper Skoda hatchbacks, it can’t hope to win the quality battle against Audi. But hat’s not to say it feels flimsy – if anything, it’s better made than the Jaguar XE's interior.
Visibility isn't bad for a coupé-like car and no worse than its rivals; fine forward, but hampered slightly backwards by the narrow rear window and thick, steeply angled rear pillars. Front and rear parking sensors are standard, though, and a rear-view camera is an option.
The Arteon's infotainment is pretty smart. The standard system has an 8.0in touchscreen with crystal-clear graphics. Being a touchscreen, it’s not as easy to use when on the move as systems with rotary dial controllers, such as BMW’s iDrive, but the on-screen icons are a decent size and the menus easy to work through. It also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard.
You can upgrade to the Discover Pro system with a 9.2in touchscreen and gesture control, but there’s really no need because the standard unit is so good.
VW’s Active Info Display is standard. This 12.3in screen replaces analogue instrument dials with digital representations. These can be configured to clearly show lots of additional information, including sat-nav maps and phone contacts. You can also specify a head-up display. However, this reflects onto a piece of plastic at the top of the dashboard rather than the windscreen itself, so it isn’t that clear.
The front seats are quite flat and wide, but give good support and a wide range 0f adjustment, while mid-range Elegance trim gets you electric adjustment for the driver's seat backrest, and multi-way electrically adjustable seats are an option.
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