- Elegance and R-Line the only trim levels
- Standard equipment is extensive
- Plenty of optional extras available
The Arteon comes in two specifications: Elegance and R-Line.
Both are pretty well kitted out, with just a few – mainly aesthetic – details separating the two.
Standard Volkswagen Arteon coupe equipment
Desirable kit like sat-nav, Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control and heated leather seats is standard across all models, with R-Line cars gaining sharper sporty stying details.
Elegance models include:
- Adaptive LED self-levelling headlights
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Full-size spare alloy wheel
- 8.0-inch touchscreen media system
- Bluetooth with ability to pair two devices simultaneously
- Three-zone climate control
- Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Adaptive cruise control
- Active Info Display digital dials
- Nappa leather upholstery
- Heated front seats
- Electric drivers’ seats
- Electric-folding wing mirrors
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- R-Line styling pack
- R-Line leather sports seats
- Black rooflining
Optional Volkswagen Arteon coupe extras
Key optional items include the Air Care Climatronic, a fancy three-zone climate control system, complete with air quality sensors and ‘active biogenic’ filters to protect you from all sorts of airborne nasties, and the DCC adaptive suspension.
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Arteon Coupe.
Equipment by trim level
To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:
|Elegance standard equipment|
|Same as basic equipment|
|Elegance optional equipment|
R Line equipment
|R Line standard equipment|
|Same as basic equipment|
|R Line optional equipment|
- Lots of active safety systems available
- The most cutting edge are only optional, though
- Arteon receives a five-star NCAP score
If it’s safety you want, the Arteon’s got it. In addition to all the airbags, electronic stability control systems and autonomous emergency braking capability we’ve come to expect from the latest cars, there are stacks of even more advanced systems on offer, too.
Volkswagen Arteon coupe safety systems
The Arteon’s Adaptive Cruise Control system is the first in a VW that monitors speed limits (using the Speed Assistant) and refers to sat-nav data (the Bend Assistant) in order to automatically adjust the set speed.
This is yet another step on the path towards autonomous cars – though not everyone will appreciate its good intentions, and don’t expect the speed adjustments to be infallible.
In practice it works remarkably well, slowing down not just for speed limits but also junctions and other hazards. It also accelerates back up to new limits with alacrity, and steers itself very smoothly for short periods. Genuinely impressive.
Second-generation Autonomous Emergency Braking
The Arteon also features a second-generation Emergency Assist system. Should the driver become incapacitated for some reason, Emergency Assist can now not only slow the car to a stop, it can also steer the car to the side of the road (say from the outside lane of a motorway to the inside).
It works by combining the Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist blindspot monitoring system and (the standard-fit) Lane Assist lane guidance system – but only works when traffic approaching from behind makes it safe to do so.
Again, this appears to work remarkably well in as far as we’ve been able to safely test it.
Active headlights available
Next innovation is an updated Dynamic Light Assist system. This improves upon conventional ‘cornering lights’ (which illuminate bends as you turn the steering wheel) by integrating this ability with a forward-facing camera and the sat-nav route data.
This means it can illuminate corners before you’ve turned the steering wheel. We’re yet to be able to test this, but it sounds helpful anyway.
The PreCrash system – which prepares the car in cases of unavoidable impact – now reacts not only to dangers detected by extreme handling changes and objects in front but also dangers from the rear.
Meanwhile Traffic Jam Assist will take care of driving in congestion up to 37mph, using a combination of sensors – but as with most of the above, only in situations where it is able to detect the lane markings successfully.
The Arteon also features an active bonnet to help reduce injury to pedestrians should the worst happen.
How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a Volkswagen Arteon coupe?
There are two Isofix mountings in the Arteon, one on each of the outer rear seats.
Volkswagen Arteon Euro NCAP rating
Euro NCAP has given the Arteon a five-star score, reflecting the raft of safety equipment available – both optional and as standard. With its extensive range of available active safety systems – and the fact that it’s based on the Passat – this score wasn't unexpected, but very welcome in 2017's tougher Euro NCAP tests.
The Arteon’s large footprint means there is plenty of room for passengers front and rear, though anyone in the middle rear is forced to straddle the transmission tunnel in four-wheel drive models, making that seat best suited to smaller children.
The Arteon may look slinky in the pictures, but in reality this is a large car – lower but wider and longer than the VW Passat.
Still, that length is comfortably under five metres, so it isn’t so massive that car parks become unmanageably awkward. But you probably will want to check the dimensions of your garage before purchase.
Proving that you don’t have to sacrifice practicality when you opt for a slinkier, sportier car, the Arteon’s enormous boot is accessed via a large tailgate, giving it an immediate edge over its four-door CC predecessor.
How does the boot space compare?
Check the table below to see how the Volkswagen Arteon Coupe compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.
|Volkswagen Arteon Coupe||563 litres|
|Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport||490 litres|
|Audi A5 Sportback||480 litres|
|BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe||480 litres|