Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Arteon hatchback?
It’s worth bearing in mind that the Arteon has slim windows that can make visibility a problem, and while parking sensors are standard, it might still be worthwhile checking the bumpers for scrapes.
While you’re at it, make sure those big wheels (even the least expensive Arteons had 18in alloys) aren’t too scuffed. Minor grazes aren’t too much of a problem, but bigger knocks could signify a heavy clonk against a kerb, which could have bent or worn suspension components you can’t see.
Too little engine torque at low speed
A software update is required on examples made between 9 October 2018 and 28 May 2019 in order to increase the amount of torque the engine provides at low speeds to improve drivability.
Is a used Volkswagen Arteon hatchback reliable?
Reliability on the Arteon is tricky to judge, because it didn't feature in our most recent survey. However, it’s based on the Passat, and if that’s any guide, its reliability should be pretty average – the Passat finished 19th out of the 22 executive cars. Volkswagen as a brand finished in 16th place out of 31 manufacturers in that most recent What Car? reliability survey.