Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 18 July 2018

In what has to be one of the prettiest luxury sedans ever conceived, Volkswagen has replaced the formerly Passat CC with a car that they call the Arteon. I spent some time driving the new Arteon to see if the beauty goes more than skin deep.

Style, What is Arteon?

To sum it up very briefly, Arteon blends incredibly beautiful and sculpted lines with the practicality of a Sportback body profile. In keeping with its sporty profile, all the power delivered through 2.0-litre TSI motor comes in the way of a whopping 206 kW with 350 Nm of torque and all compliments to the Arteon TSI’s motor which is borrowed from the Volkswagen Golf R.

Arteon - 1The beauty of the exterior is therefore well matched to the impressive power delivery and all complimented by the Arteon’s spacious interior with luggage loading capacity of a very cavernous 563-litres owing to its fastback inspired body design.

Quick Key Facts Of This Car:

  • Engine Power: 206 kW : 350 Nm Torque
  • 0 – 100 km/h (claimed at 5.6 seconds)
  • 7-spd DSG Automated Transmission
  • 4Motion (All-Wheel Drive)
  • 20-Inch Alloys
  • MQB Platform
  • R-Line Package

The Drive

The Arteon offers a very dynamic and engaging drive with compliments to the MQB platform on which it is based. This platform has been used extensively throughout the Volkswagen and Audi product line and focuses on offering a larger base platform and wheelbase, which translates to a very balanced and well-planted drive.

Arteon - 2The 4Motion all-wheel drive system helps further enhance the overall sure-footed nature of the Arteon and adds that extra piece of mind to its already impressive safety systems.

The Tech

At centre stage comes Volkswagen’s Composition Multimedia system which is shared throughout the brands latest-generation vehicles. The 9.2-inch Pro Navigation option offers a full Android Auto, Apple CarPlay functionality as well as a culmination of all major audio and media sources. Clever options such as gesture-based audio controls and its highly responsive touch input make using the system very intuitive.

Arteon - 3Navigation can be displayed both through the central multimedia interface as well as complemented by the excellent Virtual Cockpit digital instrumentation display. In line with the Arteon’s classic elegance, mod-cons such as power heated seats with massage function and a heads-up display are completed with a very tasteful and classical analogue clock taking centre stage within the dash.

Arteon - 4To Conclude

The Arteon offers a very unique presence that certainly garners many on-lookers. Combining top-notch design, build quality and practicality, it offers some serious competition to the likes of its other major competitors including the likes of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and well specced Mercedes-Benz C-Class for instance.

Dynamic presence combined with real-world practicality and space all add to the Arteon’s appeal and the firm footprint which it shall instil within the luxury sedan segment.

SA Pricing & Warranty (Time of Publishing)

The Arteon comes standard with a 5-year/90 000 km maintenance plan, 3-year/120 000 km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000 km.    

2.0 TDI 130 kW Elegance DSG R599 900
2.0 TDI 130 kW R-Line DSG R649 900
2.0 TSI 206 kW R-Line 4MOTION DSG  R699 900 (As Tested) 

Options fitted to our test-unit Volkswagen Arteon included: metallic paint (R 8 322), electronically detachable towbar (R 2 219), a DynAudio Confidence Sound System (R 14 627), Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist (R 10 996) and the striking Rosario 20-inch alloy wheels (R 9 987).            

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