Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Lots of lounging room front and rear
  • Luggage space is generous
  • It’s big, but easy to park thanks to impressive tech

How much space is there?

The Arteon’s large footprint means there is plenty of room for passengers. Up front, six-footers will find room to stretch out arms and legs, while those in the back have lots of head and knee room. A six-footer in the back can comfortably sit behind a six-foot driver.

Anyone in the middle rear seat is forced to straddle the transmission tunnel in four-wheel drive models, making this seat best suited to smaller children. The sloping roof, combined with a very dark interior, can make the rear feel more cramped than it actually is.

A sunroof really helps this. However, it also cuts down actual headroom.

Boot space and storage

Proving that you don’t have to sacrifice practicality when you opt for a slinkier, sportier car, the Arteon’s enormous boot (563 litres seats in place or 1,557 litres with the seats down) is accessed via a large tailgate, giving it an immediate edge over its four-door rivals. It’s also usefully larger than the Audi A5 Sportback (480 litres), BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (440 litres) and the Peugeot 508 Fastback (487 litres).

The eHybrid model makes do with a 455-litre boot because that’s where the car’s battery is stored. To be fair to Volkswagen, it’s very common for plug-in hybrid models to have smaller boots than petrol or diesel equivalents.

All models come with keyless entry and a hands-free boot opening. This is helpful if you’re armed with shopping bags or golf clubs, and we can attest that both do fit easily.

Is it easy to park?

The Arteon may look sleek in the pictures, but in reality this is a large car – lower but wider and longer than the Volkswagen 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 buying.

All models come with a rear-view camera, making parallel parking easier. Park Assist is available as an option too. This can parallel park and reverse park for you. It works smoothly, but slowly. It’s a lot quicker to do it yourself.

How big is it?

  All Volkswagen Arteon models
Length  4,862mm
Width (without mirrors)  1,871mm
Width (with mirrors)  2,127mm
Height  1,450mm

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Safety

  • 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 has it all. 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 this score wasn’t unexpected.

In addition to 10 or 11 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. The Arteon’s Adaptive Cruise Control system 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 generally works well, slowing down not just for speed limits but also junctions and other hazards. It also accelerates back up to new limits and steers itself very smoothly for short periods. However, the Bend Assistant, while clever, often annoyingly slows the car down to a much slower pace than you would travel yourself.

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).

Active headlights available

The Dynamic Light Assist system 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.

Other safety systems include:

  • 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.
  • Traffic Jam Assist will take care of driving in congestion up to 37mph, using a combination of sensors.
  • The Arteon also features an active bonnet to help reduce injury to pedestrians should the worst happen.

Watch the Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Arteon Coupe.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Manual sunroof
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
Elegance optional equipment
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

R equipment

R standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
R optional equipment
None available

R Line equipment

R Line standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
R Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Manual sunroof
  • Parking sensors
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

R Line Edition equipment

R Line Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
R Line Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Manual sunroof
  • Sports seats

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
SE optional equipment
None available

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
SE Nav optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volkswagen Arteon Coupe was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 85%
Vulnerable Road Users: 85%
Safety Assist: 82%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.