Volkswagen Arteon review

Category: Coupé

Section: Interior

Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Dashboard
  • Volkswagen Arteon facelift front
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Dashboard
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Rear seats
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Infotainment screen
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Centre Console
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Boot
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Front 3/4 static
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Right tracking
  • Volkswagen Arteon facelift front
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Dashboard
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Rear seats
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Infotainment screen
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Centre Console
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Boot
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Front 3/4 static
  • Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Right tracking
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

If you'll be spending hours behind the wheel you'll not regret doing so in an Arteon. Fundamentally the driving position is great, with lots of adjustment to help you get nicely set up, including for the height and reach adjustable steering wheel. Entry-level Elegance trim gives you electric adjustment for the driver's seat backrest as well as four-way lumbar adjustment, with the rest of the seat adjusted manually, including its height. If you want power adjustment and memory settings, it's standard on R models and appears on the options list, along with a massage and cooling function, for lesser models. A front centre armrest is standard.

You sit higher in the Arteon than you do in the Audi A5 Sportback or BMW 4 Series, so it doesn’t quite have the same sporty feel from behind the wheel, but that does mean better forward visibility. The rear view in the Gran Turismo coupé is slightly worse than in the Arteon Shooting Brake (see our separate review by clicking the link) on account of the coupé's smaller rear side windows and heavily raked roofline. Standard front and rear parking sensors help mitigate this, while Elegance (but not R-Line) trim gets a rear-view camera, too. If you need more reassurance, a 360-degree camera is an option on all trims. To help at night, all models get bright, LED headlights as standard.

The Arteon's dashboard is taken from the Volkswagen Passat, which is no bad thing because it shares many of the same logical patterns. It's just a shame that the climate controls are touch-sensitive buttons (as are the steering wheel buttons) and aren't as easy to use as proper switches while you're driving.

Elsewhere, Volkswagen has made an effort to jazz up the Arteon's interior with ritzy inserts and contrasting stitching on the seats. It looks and feels good but it's not enough to outdo the feeling of quality you get in an Audi and BMW, but certainly doesn’t feel flimsy. In fact, its interior is better made than the Mercedes CLA's. 

The Arteon's infotainment system is pretty decent by class standards; all trims get an 8.0in touchscreen and the option of a larger 9.2in screen with online services. Both are responsive with easy-going menus, but the rotary controllers, like BMW’s iDrive in the 3 and 4 Series, offer an easier interface that's less distracting to use. At least the Arteon's screen is crystal clear and you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard, along with in-built sat-nav and an eight-speaker sound system regardless of trim. A 10-speaker Harman Kardon system is optional.

Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit Pro is standard on all trims, with a 10.3in screen taking the place of analogue instrument dials. These digital representations can be configured to show lots of additional information in a way that remains clear, including sat-nav maps and phone contacts. You can also specify a head-up display, but as this reflects onto a piece of plastic at the top of the dashboard rather than the windscreen itself, it isn’t particularly sharp in use.

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