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VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON FASTBACK

2.0 TSI R-Line 5dr DSG

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Co2
Co2 166.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 147mph

Optional Extras

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

Driver Convenience

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Passive Safety

Trim

Wheels

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter, front assist (reacting vehicles pedestrian and cyclists) and follow to stop
  • App connect including wireless CarPlay
  • Camera for warning system
  • Digital cockpit with 10.25" high resolution TFT display screen with customisable menus and information
  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Driver profile selection including ECO function
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
  • Hands free boot opening
  • Press and drive key
  • Progressive steering
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and exterior temperature gauge
  • Travel assist - Lane keeping assist and traffic jam assist
  • Voice activation for telephone and navigation

Entertainment

  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Body coloured top and matt black lower door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Chrome plated radiator grille inserts and light switch surrounds
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Electric folding door mirror, adjustable, heated with front passenger exterior mirror lowering function
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front and rear stainless steel door sill protection
  • Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4x interval delay
  • Heat insulating side and rear windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED rear combination lamp with dynamic indicators
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Left and right chrome effect trapezoid dummy exhaust tailpipe surrounds
  • Panoramic sunroof with tilting and sliding including integrated roller blind
  • R Line design body coloured bumpers
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear fog lamp on one side and reversing lamp on both sides
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket on rear of front centre armrest
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 30 colours interior ambient light
  • 60:40 split folding rear seat backrests with centre armrest
  • Air care climatronic 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation
  • Black roof lining
  • Chrome trim on upper and lower air vents extending across cockpit
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front sports comfort seats
  • Glovebox
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Isofix child seat preparation easy fit for two outer rear seats
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Removable luggage compartment cover
  • Split folding front seat backrest with front centre armrest
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Two LED front reading light

Safety

  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Driver airbag and front passenger airbags with deactivation switch including driver knee airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and Electromechanical brake booster
  • Front disc brakes
  • Front side airbags with curtain airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Pro active occupant protection to detect critical situations with elevated accident potential from the front
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Three point height adjust front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator
  • Warning buzzer for seatbelts if unfastened
  • Warning triangle

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection with deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Keyless entry system including start/stop button on centre console

Technical

  • Start/stop function with battery regeneration

Trim

  • Aluminium decorative inserts
  • Chrome trim on lower doors in front and rear
  • Leatherette insert on door and side trim panel in foam film
  • Piano black decorative inserts in centre console

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    135
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    164

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1984
  • Compression Ratio
    11.6:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.8
  • Engine Code
    CZPB
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    7.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    37.2

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    190
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    R Line
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    27E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.7
  • Engine Power - BHP
    190
  • Engine Power - KW
    140
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4180
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    236
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    32.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    320
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    147

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    MONTEVIDEO
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1460
  • Length
    4866
  • Wheelbase
    2835
  • Width
    1871
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2160
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    563
  • Max. Loading Weight
    619
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1541
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.9

Overview

Volkswagen's Arteon continues to have lofty aspirations. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version

Background

Uniqueness is a quality you usually have to pay royally for, especially when it comes to cars affordable enough for you and I to consider. Once upon a time, drivers seeking it in the Mondeo medium range market would pay a premium for a prestigious badge and feel themselves special with an Audi, a BMW or a Mercedes on the driveway. But in an age where so many now do just that, you begin to wonder these days just how special that would be. So what if uniqueness - specialness - in a car of this kind were to be not in the badge on your keyfob but in the design of the car itself? Something very different from anything else you could buy for the money. Something like this, the Volkswagen Arteon, now much improved. Quite a few of the underpinnings used in this model are borrowed from humbler members of the Volkswagen line-up - but then that's also the case with obvious rivals. It's the dressing that counts, which in this case is very smart indeed and built around a whole raft of efficient high technology. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

The engine range kicks off with a 150PS 1.5 TSI petrol unit with 6-speed manual transmission, but most will want the 2.0 TDI diesel, which in base form comes with 7-speed DSG auto gearboxes and a 150PS output. There's also a high power biturbo 2.0 TDI 200PS diesel option. Alternatively, there's a 190PS 2.0 TSI petrol unit, also with a DSG auto 'box. There are no mild hybrid powertrains because they won't work with this car's MQB platform. Beyond the mainstream powerplants, there are also a couple of engines new to Arteon buyers. The Arteon eHybrid uses the plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Passat GTE, a 160PS 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol powerplant mated to a 115PS electric motor giving a combined output of 215PS via a DSG auto gearbox. This plug-in model offers an electric driving range of 33 miles and can run in all electric form at up to 87mph. At the top of the range is the Arteon R, which uses a 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine with 320PS, a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox and an updated 4MOTION four-wheel-drive system. Refinement is excellent, as is ride quality thanks to a specially developed four-link independent rear suspension set-up that can be embellished with a sophisticated 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system. You won't really want to go throwing this Volkswagen about: it isn't really that kind of car. But what it lacks when it comes to driving on its door handles it more than makes up for with exemplary trans-continental-style cruising ability.

Design and Build

The Arteon now comes in either Fastback or Shooting Brake estate forms. The look of the Fastback has been enhanced with a restyled grille, revised LED headlights and new alloy wheel designs. The Shooting Brake version gets a completely separate design from the B-pillar back, with a lengthier roof line, a sleeker glasshouse and pronounced haunches over the rear wheels, plus an angled tailgate. As before, Arteon buyers get frameless doors and a plunging rear roofline, the aesthetics based on the 'Sport Coupe Concept' prototype that Volkswagen showed in Geneva back in 2015. The long bonnet is certainly eye-catching, dipping into the wheelarches and meeting the smartly stylish LED headlights with seamlessly integrate into the wide, horizontal grille, creating a look that Volkswagen says will be seen in many of its next generation models. The five-door coupe roofline of the Fastback is paired with a prominent character line running from the headlights to the tail-lights, creating distinctive shoulder haunches towards the rear. At the wheel, it all looks much classier than a Passat. There's a re-designed dashboard with a smarter upper section, a standard 10.25 inch digital instrument display, a revised steering wheel and Volkswagen's most up-to-date infotainment system, offered either with 8-inch or 9.2-inch touchscreens. In the rear, there's much more passenger space than the current Passat can provide. At first glance, there's not much difference between the body styles when it comes to boot space - 563-litres in the Fastback and 565-litres in the Shooting Brake. Push the rear bench forward and it's 1,557-litres in the Fastback and 1,632-litres in the Shooting Brake. But Volkswagen points out that space above the beltline isn't included in these figures, so the Shooting Brake's load area is actually quite a lot larger.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £32,000 and, for the 2.0 TDI diesel variants most will want, range from around £34,000 up to around £43,000. There's a premium of around £1,100 for the Shooting Brake estate body style that Volkswagen expects will account for the majority of sales. Across the range, there are three trim levels - 'SE Nav' (for the hatch model only), then 'Elegance' and 'R-Line' for both body styles. 'Elegance'-trim models are marked out by their 18-inch 'Almere' alloy wheels and gain keyless entry across both body styles, a rear-view camera and Travel Assist - Volkswagen's adaptive cruise control and lane keeping system. On the inside, the Arteon 'Elegance' benefits from luxuries such as a leather-wrapped capacitive steering wheel with touch controls, heated seats, and voice control, while drivers can also choose between driving profiles for a customisable driving experience. The Arteon 'R-Line' offers distinctive, 19-inch 'Montevideo' alloys, while dual trapezoidal exhaust tips on each side of the bumper are moulded into a standard R-Line body kit, for an assertive, sporting appearance. A sunroof is standard on all 'R-Line' cars, while the Shooting Brake gains a standard-fit panoramic sunroof. Both cars also receive rear tinted glass and interior ambient lighting with 30 colour options. Across the entire range, all Arteon models feature Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), 3Zone climate control, Digital Cockpit, LED headlights, Wireless App Connect and Volkswagen's 'We Connect Plus' package, which adds live data services to the standard 8-inch Discover Navigation system.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the Arteon is extremely class-competitive in terms of WLTP running costs. The 2.0 TDI 150PS variant that most will choose manages up to 57.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 128g/km of WLTP-rated CO2 in DSG auto form - not bad for a 148mph luxury conveyance. For the 190PS 2.0 TSI petrol variant, the figures are 38.2mpg and 168g/km. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your Arteon will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. Plus your car will come with three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance that has no mileage restriction. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and, as you'd expect, this model is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package.

Summary

So, can this improved Arteon really justify its premium pricing? If you can afford it, then I'm guessing you'll think so. The idea of a practically-sized four-door coupe or stylised estate might still sound like a contradiction in terms but it's been interpreted here in a form that's created one of the classiest models that Volkswagen makes. Style, it seems, is not about the badge on your bootlid. But if you're a potential Arteon buyer, then you probably already knew that anyway......

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