Volkswagen Arteon review

Category: Executive car

Section: Interior

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Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Dashboard
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The Volkswagen Arteon offers a fundamentally good driving position with lots of adjustment to help you get comfy. Entry-level SE Nav trim gives you electric adjustment for the driver's seat backrest as well as four-way lumbar support adjustment and manual adjustment for everything else, including height. If you want power adjustment for height, fore and aft movement, or memory and massage you’ll need to jump up to Elegance trim and raid the options list.

You sit higher than in an Audi A5 Sportback, so the Arteon doesn’t quite have that same sporty feel behind the wheel, but it does provide better forward visibility. The rear view in the Gran Turismo is slightly worse than in the Arteon Shooting Brake on account of this model’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 but SE Nav trim. To help at night, all models get bright, LED headlights as standard.

The Arteon's dashboard is taken from the Passat, and this is no bad thing because it shares the same logically placed buttons and switches that make it easy to use. Elsewhere, Volkswagen has made an effort to jazz up the Arteon's interior with ritzy inserts and contrasting stitching on the seats. It can’t hope to win the quality battle against Audi and BMW, but it certainly doesn’t feel flimsy. In fact, its interior is better made than that of the Mercedes CLA

The Arteon's infotainment is pretty decent by class standards; SE Nav trim brings an 8.0in touchscreen, Elegance and R-Line add voice control and the option of a larger 9.2in screen with online services. Being a touchscreen, it’s not as easy to use 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 fairly straightforward to work through, plus the graphics are crystal clear. It also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard.

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.

Other complaints surround the touch sensitive controls that Volkswagen are starting to use heavily in their cars. For a start, they’re used to alter the heating, and because this panel is right at the bottom of the dashboard, you have to take your eyes well off the road to operate them. There are also touch controls on the steering wheel that make it far too easy to change volume or skip a song by accident whilst driving.

Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Dashboard

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