2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
Volkswagen has made several upgrades to the Arteon for the 2021 model year. On the exterior of the car, there are different bumpers and wheel designs that should hopefully stand out a little more than the previous ones. The R-Line has some new exterior details that make it look more aggressive. Also, there are a few additional colors to choose from, including Kings Red and Lapiz Blue.
Inside the cabin, more stylistic changes have been made. The steering wheel has gotten a bit beefier, the gauge cluster is now digital, and the available ambient lighting can be adjusted. The touchscreen has been enhanced, too, and wireless smartphone connectivity is available.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The Arteon has been designed to compete with luxury cars, so its entry-level SE is nicely appointed. It has a full array of LED exterior lighting, along with heated side mirrors and sleek 18-inch wheels. Its front seats are heated to provide extra warmth, and it has a three-zone climate system that passengers will appreciate. SiriusXM, smartphone compatibility, and a digital cockpit are some of the advanced pieces of technology that are standard.
When comparing the SE and the SEL R-Line, people might immediately notice that the SEL R-Line has a panoramic sunroof. This type of roof makes the cabin feel much more open. This trim might seem more refined from the exterior because of its 19-inch wheels and special front bumper and badging. Its cabin has been upgraded with Nappa leather seats and a black headliner. It also has integrated navigation and remote start, as well as wireless charging.
There's a pattern when it comes to the wheels of the Arteon, as the top-of-the-line SEL Premium R-Line sits on 20-inch wheels. Volkswagen pulled out all the stops with this model. Its hands-free hatch is simple to open and close, and it has heated front and rear seats. Its front seats even have ventilation, and the driver's seat has a massaging function. This trim is exclusively available with all-wheel drive.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The SEL Premium R-Line certainly has a lot to offer, but it costs almost $50,000. It may be out of reach for many customers. When considering the other two trims, the SEL R-Line would be recommended. It's still somewhat reasonably priced, and it comes with with advantages that many people are looking for, such as navigation, leather seats, and a moonroof. This mid-level trim is modern and elegant, and it has plenty of convenient amenities.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
The Arteon is equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen and voice control. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are very convenient to use, and they let people safely access certain apps, favorite music, and contact information while they're traveling. A Harman Kardon premium sound system is available, and it comes with a 700-watt amplifier and 12 speakers. Navigation is built into the top two trims.
Technology has been integrated into other areas of the car. The Digital Cockpit is located right in a driver's line of sight and provides useful vehicle information in an easy-to-read format. Wireless charging is available, as is remote start.
How Does It Perform?
Volkswagen has given the Arteon a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This engine is fairly efficient while being quite powerful. The car comes with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, so there's a lot of excitement to be had. This turbo models can earn up to 32 miles per gallon on the highway.
If customers feel that they'd benefit from having all-wheel drive, they can get their new Arteons equipped with VW's 4MOTION system. This gives the car the ability to send power to all four wheels. If the car has front-wheel drive, it will have an XDS cross differential system to enhance its traction. A special adaptive damper system can smooth out the ride.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
This car has many of the advanced safety systems that have become quite common in higher-end vehicles. With the standard IQ.Drive package, the car can take an active role in preventing dangerous situations from getting worse. For example, it can sense when it's drifting out of lane, and if so, it can re-center itself. It can also keep track of vehicles in its blind spot as well as rear cross traffic. If it seems like the Arteon is about to hit a vehicle or pedestrian in its path, it will send out an alert and hit the brakes, if necessary.
Some of the more high-tech features are truly amazing in what they can do. Adaptive cruise control allows the car to adjust its speed if the car in front speeds up or slows down. If the VW is ever involved in an accident, it can apply pressure to the brakes after impact, turn on the hazards, and unlock the doors. Finally, there's an available Travel Assist feature that can take care of everything from steering to accelerating. (A driver would still be supposed to keep his/her hands on the steering wheel.)
What's the Interior Like?
This is a fairly spacious car with a "fastback" design, and leg room in the back row is generous, at over 40 inches. Fastback is used to describe cars that aren't quite hatchbacks but still have some additional height in their cargo areas. This is due to the slope from the roof to the rear bumper. The Arteon's cargo area might surprise some people with its 27 cubic feet of volume. The rear seats can be lowered to provide even more space.
There's definitely a sophisticated feel inside the cabin. Leatherette or leather upholstery can be found on the seats, and little touches like stainless steel pedal caps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel add to the aesthetic.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?Cars that have a similar design to the Arteon include the Kia Stinger, Acura TLX, BMW 3 Series, and Infiniti Q50.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Note: All Volkswagen Arteon lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.