- Modern but still user-friendly inside
- Discovery Pro multimedia works well
- Comfort and quality very high
Inside the Arteon it’s very much contemporary Volkswagen, turned up to 11.
In the centre of the cockpit sits the latest 8.0-inch Discovery Navigation sat-nav infotainment system. With its responsive touchscreen and highly intuitive operation logic, it doesn’t take long to get used to this at all – even if the much-touted gesture control functionality is rather limited.
Better yet, VW hasn’t forgotten the importance of providing physical buttons for the most important interior controls – including the air-conditioning system.
The optional 9.2-inch Discovery Pro system does get rid of some of the physical controls for the media system, however, making it more distracting to use while driving.
Active Info Display
This is VW’s name for the Virtual Cockpit digital dial cluster, increasingly found throughout the Volkswagen Group’s various range of products.
Sitting where the conventional instruments used to be is a large screen that performs all those normal driving functions – such as telling you your speed and engine revs – plus much more. A secondary map screen for the sat-nav is available here, for example, as well as access to the various active safety systems and even your music choices and sat-nav information.
All of this is controlled via buttons on the steering wheel. It’s an intimidating array of capability at first, but as with the main screen in the centre of the car you soon get used to it. The optional head-up display brings a further source of info for the driver.
Volkswagen Arteon interior quality and driving position
The Arteon’s interior quality is well up to the mark of any rival in this sector, so you won’t feel short-changed in this respect.
- DCC suspension mostly comfortable
- Even on large 19- and 20-inch wheels
- Excellent seats, loads of space in the rear
Find smooth roads and the Arteon is very comfortable to drive with compliant suspension and little noise making itself heard.
Encounter a typical stretch of scarred, pockmarked British tarmac, however, and the car struggles to smother the road’s surface as well as you’d hope – even with the optional Dynamic Chassis Control in its Comfort mode.
It’s not uncomfortable by any means, but it can feel jarring over a series of bumps in quick succession, with noise from rough roads resonating their way up through the cabin more than expected.
Still, with the DCC set towards the Comfort end of its considerable spectrum, on better roads bumps are unlikely to trouble you. This clever adaptive suspension system absorbs nasty surfaces with considerable ease – although we did detect the occasional resonance through the cabin over particularly bad patches of tarmac.
Things are likely to be better with the 18-inch standard wheels of Elegance models, as there’s an additional inch of rubber between you and the road.
Volkswagen Arteon refinement
Refinement is also pretty good in the Arteon.
Unsurprisingly, the TSI petrol is more refined than the TDI diesel, with a touch of drone emanating from the TDI at times. In the TSI, the worst you can expect is a bit of wind noise, and this only at higher motorway speeds.
Volkswagen Arteon seats, comfort and space
This is a spacious car front and rear. Legroom in the back is particularly generous – VW reckons class-leading – and four-up you won’t struggle for elbow- and shoulder-room, either, though taller adults might not have as much headroom as they’d like.
The middle rear seat is best left to children, due to the raised seat base and prominent centre tunnel necessary to accommodate the four-wheel drive system.
It still feels like a more spacious car in the back than the Audi A5 Sportback, however.
Heated and massaging front seats are available, while partial electrical adjustment of the front seats is standard.