Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Modern and businesslike
  • Multimedia hit and miss
  • Comfort and quality very high

How is the quality and layout?

The quality possessed by the Arteon is easy to comprehend as soon as you sit inside. The layout takes a bit more getting used to. Inside the Arteon it’s very much a contemporary Volkswagen. Most touch points are soft and springy, the seats are firm and snug, and the screens look high-end.

Following the facelift, the buttons controls such as the air con have been replaced by touch-sensitive pads, first used in the Golf 8. They are not intuitive, but get easier with extended use.

Infotainment and tech

In the centre of the cockpit sits the latest Discover Navigation sat-nav infotainment system. With its responsive touchscreen and intuitive operation logic, it doesn’t take long to get used to this at all – even if the gesture control functionality is rather limited. It does have its quirks. It can lose connection to Apple CarPlay/Android Auto wirelessly, and while it is responsive, it's occasionally befuddling. Switching from Apple CarPlay to the radio function and back shouldn't take as many stabs at the screen as it does.

Then there's the Virtual Cockpit digital dial cluster. 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.

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.

Overall, 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.

Comfort

  • Comfortable in most situations
  • 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 its way up through the cabin more than expected.

Seats are on the firm side, but also feel very supportive. If you want a 12 or 14-way adjustment, you'll have to delve into the optional extras.