2019 Volkswagen Arteon – Victoria News

For about $50,000, the Arteon comes in a single, well-appointed Exceline trim. All-wheel-drive is likewise basic. Picture: Volkswagen

Style and high-end often butt heads with functionality in the vehicle world, but Volkswagen seems to have mixed those traits into the 2019 Arteon.

And it’s a genuine looker.

The new four-door hatchback ends up being the automaker’s status car, by virtue of both its material and corresponding upper-range rate.

Although comparable in length to the Passat sedan and built on the exact same MQB platform (as are numerous other VW and Audi models), the Arteon follows its own unique style course. It also tops the Passat with almost five centimetres more width and range in between the front and rear wheels, which increases rear legroom.

The low-slung look is rather reminiscent of VW’s CC sedan that was retired after2017 That model was substantially smaller than the Arteon and had a trunk rather of a liftgate, which restricted stowage capacity.

Thankfully, the Arteon’s designers had a larger canvas to actually and figuratively draw upon and have actually normally been successful in developing adequate space– particularly headroom– for 4 adults, or 5 in a pinch. Folding the 60: 40 split rear seatback nearly flat can likewise broaden the cargo area. Left in the upright position, a pass-through opening enables longer products to fit inside.

The sloping nose and hood add a degree of sportiness that the Passat does not have, while the fastback roofline compares to the Audi A5 Sportback and even the Kia Stinger.

In functional terms, the Arteon’s road holding qualities are helped by active dampers (shocks) that respond in milliseconds to differing roadway conditions and driver inputs.

The cabin is practically a reproduction of the present Passat’s, particularly the control board and 20- centimetre touchscreen that are uncomplicated and easy to understand, which is the case with most VW models. The pushbuttons for the ventilation settings situated below the touchscreen are on the little side, however.

Also relatively small for the Arteon’s stature is the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, although it makes a respectable 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The fuel-economy ranking is 12.0 l/100 km in the city and 8.6 on the highway. It may seem odd that VW’s 3.6-litre V-6 isn’t on the menu, but it’s also no longer provided for the Passat.

An eight-speed automatic is your sole transmission option and it directs torque to all four wheels because the Arteon is fitted with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive (which not available in the Passat).

Arteon rates begins at $49,900, consisting of location costs, for Exceline trim (the just one provided). That rate gets you trizone environment control, 12- way power front seats (with massage function for the chauffeur’s chair) and heated up, leather-covered front and rear seats and a 700- watt, 12- speaker premium audio system.

Likewise consisted of is a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system and a 31- centimetre digital gauge and details show that can be configured according to motorist choices.

On the active-safety front, the Arteon includes forward-collision warning, self-governing emergency braking and blind-spot warning.

Available is an R-Line bundle, consisting of metal interior pieces, a special front end with gloss-black accents, a little rear spoiler and 20- inch wheels (18- inchers are basic).

You can likewise buy a Motorist Assistance Bundle, consisting of a surround-view cam plus parking help and lane-keeping innovation. The Arteon-exclusive Kurkuma Yellow Metal paint (revealed here) will set you back an extra $500

As an upscale hatchback, the Arteon risks of overlapping some Audi offerings (Audi is part of the Volkswagen group), such as the A5 Sportback. On the other hand, the hatchback’s youthful and stylish behavior must assist communicate Volkswagen’s mission of creating a stylish and fun-to-drive bigger car that’s as glamorous as it is practical.

What you should know: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Type: Four-door, all-wheel-drive midsize hatchback

Engine (h.p.): 2.0-litre DOHC I-4, turbocharged (268)

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Market position: The Arteon might be deemed a new-and-improved version of the late Volkswagen CC, but in a bigger, more useful format that can more conveniently accommodate adults seated in back.

Points: Good-looking style prevents the conservative sameness of the car manufacturer’s other sedans. – Non-trendy, uncomplicated interior with intuitive controls and instrumentation. – Requirement turbocharged four-cylinder posts decent output numbers, but some consumers will still desire a V-6. – Leading trim level butts up versus– or could even trip over– some Audi models.

Active security: Blind-spot warning with cross-traffic backup alert (sexually transmitted disease.); active cruise control (std.); emergency situation braking (std.); pedestrian detection (std.); lane-keeping help (opt.)

L/100 km (city/hwy) 12.0/ 8.6; Base cost (incl. location) $49,900

BY CONTRAST

Kia Stinger AWD

Base cost: $41,900

Lots of poise and punch makes this one a winner. V-6 engine available.

Buick GS AWD

Base price: $45,900

Fully packed Regal hatchback features a standard V-6.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

Base price: $55,500

Luxury hatch is bigger than the 3-series sedan. Turbo choice makes 320 h.p.

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– composed by Malcom Gunn, Handling Partner at Wheelbase Media.

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The Arteon’s rear seat is much better suited to 2 people than 3. With 5 centimetres more wheelbase than the Passat, there’s likewise sufficient legroom. Image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen interiors are elegant, devoid of tricks and intuitive. The Arteon’s is no exception, although the buttons listed below the touchscreen are tiny. Keep in mind the basic eight-speed automated transmission and the optional configurable 31- centimetre display for the assesses. Photo: Volkswagen

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Angie Ronson

Angie Ronson is Editor-in-Chief at THRS. She covers the transformative impact of new technology on all sectors.