The demise of the CC in 2017 saw the introduction of a newer four-door coupe in Volkswagen’s lineup: the Arteon.
With a very big upgrade in styling over the CC, the Arteon isn’t exactly subtle. It sports a very large grille and aggressive lines that span across its length, along with the coupe-like roofline and a rather elegant rear end.
Except for a few hard plastics on the lower sides of the dashboard, the materials used inside are very good. The layout is intuitive and you will enjoy a number of new features, including the 8-inch infotainment system, digital gauges and ambient lighting, depending on the trim level. The car can also be fitted with heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, ventilated and massaging driver’s seat, three-zone climate control and others.
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Space for occupants is relatively decent and at 22.7 cu-ft (643 liters) with the rear seats up, expandable up to 55 cu-ft (1,557 liters), the boot capacity is on par with some compact and midsize crossovers.
The Arteon is comfort-oriented, and this is noticeable on the go, where the ride is quite smooth, even with the 20-inch alloy wheels, shod in low-profile tires. You could make things firmer at the push of a button, but don’t expect to get a thrilling ride. The 4Motion AWD is offered in higher grades, and no matter which one you choose, you’ll get the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four pumping out 268 HP and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque to the wheels that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
With an MSRP of $35,845, the base Arteon is $2,855 more expensive than the Kia Stinger, which is one of its main rivals in the segment, while the similarly-sized, but more premium, Audi A5 Sportback costs at least $44,200.