Volkswagen Arteon review

Category: Executive car

Section: Passenger & boot space

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Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Rear seats
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

The Volkswagen Arteon has loads of space up front. There’s as much head and leg room as you’ll find in rivals such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, and the interior is wide enough to provide plenty of elbow room.

It’s in the rear where the Arteon really scores over its rivals, though. Admittedly, as is the case with all of these four-door coupés, the sloping roofline takes its toll on rear head room – taller rear passengers will certainly find their heads not far from the headlining – but the leg room on offer is vast, and much more than you get in a Jaguar XE. You can easily fit three adults abreast in the back, too. If you do want an Arteon with a bit more head room, the Shooting Brake has a useful amount more thanks to its less heavily raked roof.

Then there's the boot. It’s almost as big as the Passat’s and arguably more practical; rather than the narrow opening of the saloon, it has a wide-opening hatchback. We managed to fit in eight carry-on suitcases – that’s more than the XE, A5 Sportback or 4 Series Gran Coupé can manage – and fold-up pushchairs or a large load of supermarket shopping will be no problem. In fact, the difference between the claimed boot spaces below the load cover of the Gran Turismo and the Shooting Brake is hardly more than a bottle of pop (although, with the cover out of the way, and especially with the rear seats down, the Shooting Brake is significantly more commodious).

For those rare occasions when you require even more carrying capacity, you can also fold flat the 60/40-split rear seats to create more than two metres of load length between the front seats and boot lip. And should you need to seat four and carry a long load, a ski flap is standard.

Volkswagen Arteon Gran Turismo 2020 Rear seats

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