Volkswagen Arteon (2017–)

Model History

March 2017

Volkswagen Arteon makes its debut

Positioned above the Passat, the Arteon is - according to Volkswagen - 'an ideal avant-garde alternative - a car for people who want a five-door fastback with an accomplished, elegant design and progressive technology.'

Luggage space is 563 to 1,557 litres. On the technical front, the new Volkswagen has diesel and petrol engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, plus digitalised displays and controls. Further features include an Active Info Display (fully digital and programmable instruments), a head-up display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control.

The latest generation of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now takes into account data such as speed limits and route information and automatically adjusts driving speed accordingly. Thanks to the navigation system's GPS and road data, the new dynamic cornering lights with predictive beam control anticipate when a bend is approaching and illuminate it before the driver actively turns into the bend. T

The second generation of Emergency Assist offers more safety: if the driver becomes incapacitated for health reasons, the system not only slows the car down within system limits, but now also steers it into the slow lane, traffic behind permitting.

December 2018

272PS 2.0 TSI now on sale in Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen has announced that the 2.0-litre 272PS petrol engine already used in the Skoda Superb will join the Arteon range.

The new flagship engine replaces the old 280PS version and comes with four-wheel-drive and can accelerate to 62mph in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

Buyers can choose from both Arteon trim levels – Elegance or R-Line – and the new model is fitted with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a DSG automatic gearbox as standard. The 272PS Arteon starts at £39,065 in luxurious Elegance specification and £39,850 in sportier R-Line form.

Officially, the 272PS fastback emits 160g/km CO2 and returns 40.4mpg on the combined cycle.

This engine is available to order now with deliveries from early in 2019.

June 2019

Volkswagen Arteon awarded the overall prize at the Practical Caravan Tow Car Awards, claiming the top trophy for its towing talents, in addition to winning its 1,550-1,699 kg weight class.

July 2019

New entry-level SE specification for Volkswagen Arteon

The Volkswagen Arteon is gaining a new entry-level SE specification, with prices starting at £33,085.

The Arteon SE adds a third level to the Arteon’s trim line-up. With the existing Elegance and R-Line specifications representing luxury and sportiness respectively, the SE now presents a more value-focused offering to the range as the new entry point into Arteon ownership. Initially, the SE will be offered with a single engine option – a 2.0-litre TSI 190 PS petrol unit fitted with a 7-speed DSG, priced at £33,085. A new diesel engine will be introduced later this year.

The SE’s specification includes 18-inch Almere alloy wheels, full LED lights, adaptive cruise control with Front Assist, a Discover Navigation system with 8.0-inch touchscreen display and three-zone climate control all fitted as standard, as well as two USB ports and front and rear parking sensors. Volkswagen’s Wireless App Connect system also brings the convenience of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto without needing to plug in a device.

Three engine and gearbox configurations will come to make up the range on the Arteon SE in due course: the 2.0-litre 190 PS TSI petrol unit fitted with a 7-speed DSG is available now, while Volkswagen’s new 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS unit will be available in the coming months, with a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG transmissions. The petrol-engined Arteon SE returns an official 44.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 144 g/km.

As part of the 2020 model year updates to the Arteon, Elegance and R-Line trim levels will now come with Discover Navigation Pro with 9.2” touchscreen, the system gaining the third generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) which made its debut recently on the new Passat. Meanwhile the new 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS engine joining the Arteon range features Active Cylinder technology, which can shut down two of the four cylinders under certain low-load conditions in order to save fuel.

In addition to these updates, the revised model-year Arteon brings small revisions in CO2 emissions for two variants. The 2.0-litre 272 PS TSI DSG 4MOTION is now rated at 161g/km with no change in VED. However, the 2.0-litre 190 PS TDI DSG 4MOTION variant has decreased to 130g/km CO2, the effect of which is a VED reduction of £320, dropping the car’s on-the-road price to £39,025 in Elegance specification, and £39,825 for the sportier R-Line.

October 2019

Updates for 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

The Arteon’s infotainment moves to the latest MIB Generation 3, as well as the second-generation Active Info Display and wireless App Connect. The Arteon has also been given a third, entry-level SE trim, offering an alternative to the existing luxurious Elegance and sportier R-Line setups. The latter two trim levels receive Discover Navigation Pro as standard equipment.

February 2020

Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Edition priced from £36,850

Limited to 370 units in the UK, the R-Line Edition builds on the standard R-Line build. Standard equipment includes keyless entry and top-down camera system Area View, and driver assistance systems such as Side Assist Plus with rear traffic alert and Park Assist for added ease of use and safety.

Driver-focused extras also feature, including Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adding adaptive dampers with selectable and customisable driving modes. The model is instantly identifiable by its 20-inch ‘Rosario Black’ alloy wheels and is exclusively available in Moonstone Grey, with contrasting black roof and door mirror housings.

The R-Line Edition is priced £845 over the equivalent R-Line.

June 2020

Revealed: Volkswagen Arteon facelift, new Shooting Brake and R variants

The R variant for both models features a range-topping 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers 320PS and 420Nm of torque from 2000rpm, which drives all four wheels through a seven-speed DSG gearbox. Expect a top speed of 155mph and 0-62mph in around five seconds.

There’s also a plug-in hybrid (borrowed from the Passat GTE), which uses a 1.4-litre four-cylinder TSI engine (156PS) and an electric motor (115PS) - alongside a six-speed automatic gearbox. Combined, the PHEV produces 218PS and has a 33-mile EV range from its 13kWh battery. Volkswagen claims it can travel up to 34 miles in electric-only mode.

There are also three turbo petrol and two diesel engines in the Arteon line-up. Petrol models are offered in 1.5-litre 150PS and 2.0-litre 190PS, as before. There's also a 280PS version with optional all-wheel-drive.

The diesel engines have been fitted with an updated selective catalytic reduction (SCR) filter and a new AdBlue system, resulting in an apparent 80 per cent NOx reduction. There’s a choice of 150PS or 200PS, the latter is available with all-wheel-drive.

Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic DSG gearbox, with four-wheel drive offered across the range.

The updated Arteon range will go on sale in the autumn, although some variants will arrive later. Prices have yet to be revealed but we expect a slight premium over the current model - which starts at £33,535, while the top of the range R-Line Edition spec starts at £37,510.

What does a Volkswagen Arteon (2017) cost?

List Price from £35,950
Buy new from £31,243
Contract hire from £257.52 per month