2021 Volkswagen Arteon looks stunning with its practicality. The unusual styling disguises the hatchback design, and I think it works. So how about driving? I don’t think that can keep up with the impressive appearance of the VW Arteon four-door model.
So is the quality of the four-cylinder engine, responsive feedback from the steering wheel, and the turbocharger able to add to the interior’s attraction? Well, for that matter, I don’t think so.
If you want a real luxurious and expensive interior, maybe Arteon is not the right choice. But if you want plenty of cabin space and lots of area under the rear hatch, you’ve already picked the right car.
The iconic logo in 2021 Arteon deserves to stick on the body, and it looks tasteful. I think that passenger cars have not lost their prestige as long as people still accept their existence and, most importantly, they need them.
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon comes in three trims: the SE, the SEL R-Line, and the SEL Premium R-Line. All right, what’s new at VW Arteon? The exterior has changed, such as the appearance of the new company logo, freshly designed wheels, and a good-looking bumper on the front.
Meanwhile, the sporty R-Line model has a lot of differentiation that will make you even more curious. Not only that but in the interior, you will also get many updates that you shouldn’t miss.
If you like the look of metallic colors, now you have several options such as Pyrite Silver, Kings Red, or Lapiz Blue. Besides, other body color choices are Deep Black Pearl, Oryx White, and Urano Gray.
Arteon interiors now have better quality materials, and they modify the elements to answer customer complaints. On the R-Line and Premium trim, you will love the Arteon cabin’s atmosphere because you get multi-color ambient lighting.
Climatronic® as a 3 zone auto climate control comes standard in all trims. You also have a steering wheel with paddle shifters and heated; being wrapped in leather makes it look more elegant.
Now a digital meter cluster is a new standard which is also quite attractive. When it comes to technology, VW is not ignoring the need for connectivity as you will have infotainment software with a nice 8-inch touch screen.
Not only that, but you will also get support for wireless Android Auto and AppleCarplay integration, which I think is excellent.
Which Arteon model is suitable for you? It’s easy. If you want standard features and style, then I think the SEL R-Line trim provides the balance for what you need. If you notice, the front of the R-line has a sportier bumper than the SE.
The grill also looks unique with the light bar; it looks good. The multi-colored and more modern cabin lighting is also the main attraction. I love VW Arteon’s bold Kings Red color, but Lapiz Blue is fine too.
For safety and driving support, you will also get traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping assist, which come as standard.
Performance and Specs
The Arteon 8-speed transmission combines 268 hp @ 5500-6500 rpm and torque of 258 lbs-ft @1950-5400 rpm from the 2.0 L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.
You will get a front-wheel drive train. Based on the trim you choose, you will get 18, 19, or 20-inch alloy wheels.
So what about the performance of the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon? The 0-60 mph acceleration capability is 6.1 seconds, which is slower than the Nissan Maxima or Toyota Avalon as competitors in its class.
If you feel the acceleration from Arteon is a little soft, it’s natural because they set the powertrain to focus more on efficiency.
For the sake of driving comfort, you have excellent adaptive suspension dampers that can automatically synchronize to your driving behavior. This feature comes as standard, and you can also set it to Comfort, Normal, or Sport mode. If you remember about 10Best-winning Golf GTI, driving with the VW Arteon is highly controlled and smooth. Even so, you wouldn’t categorize it as a sports sedan.
|Engine||2.0 L, turbocharged, 4-cylinder in line,|
|Fuel tank||18.2 gal|
|Steering||Rack and Pinions|
|Drivetrain||Front wheel drive|
|Cargo volume||27.2 cu ft|
|Cargo volume with rear seats folded||56.2 cu ft|
|Front suspension||Mc Pershon|
|Rear suspension||multi link|
|Brakes||Power assisted dual circuit|
|Curb weigth||3686 lb|
|Dimensions||2862 mm x 1871 mm x 1445 mm|
|Body type/material||Unitary construction/Steel stampings|
The estimated consumption of the VW Arteon is 22/32/27 mpg for city, highway, and combination. The Arteon has an engine that focuses on efficiency and has a low curb weight, making it a sedan with pretty good mileage.
2021 Volkswagen Arteon Price
The MSRP for the VW Arteon are as follows:
- SE: $36,995
- SEL R-Line: $41,595
- SEL Premium R-Line: $46,995
If you want to bring something more for your hobby, you can choose Base Carrier Bars for $ 417. That way, you can transport kayaks, boards, skis, snowboards, and so on.
Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.