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Volkswagen Arteon review - Interior, design and technology

Contemporary, premium design is reflected in the Arteon’s extensive package of advanced driving technologies

Most of the Volkswagen line-up looks a little homogenous from the styling perspective, but that certainly isn’t an accusation you can throw at the Arteon. It has visual panache and dynamism to compete with the best the premium marques can throw at it. 

The fun starts at the front, with a broad deep grille that flows into the headlamps, while deep contours run up the bonnet, above powerful front wings with crisp wheelarches. The side profile is rakish, with frameless windows and the ‘uplighter’ effect of scuplted lower door panels, while the swoopy rear end has equally muscular arches and a very contemporary-looking rebate detail running the full width of the car beneath the tail-lights.

The interior is a little less exotic, but still very stylish for a VW family product. The most eye-catching styling element is the ventilation slot that runs the full width of the dash, which is shaped to mimic the Arteon’s front grille. Other interior features include VW’s Active Info display, which takes the place of traditional analogue instruments. You can set the system up to show a variety of information, including the sat-nav mapping – which otherwise is displayed on the big eight-inch display screen at the top of the centre console. 

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While the interior look and feel is lavish but not flashy, there’s certainly an impressive amount of technology on offer. One of the highlights is a Driver Assist package that brings a ‘predictive’ function to the cruise control and driving lights ­– the former reduces speed for impending corners or speed limit changes, while the lights set themselves up for corners before you arrive at them.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment 

The standard sat-nav is the Discover system which comes with DAB radio, Bluetooth, an SD card reader and an eight-speaker audio set-up providing 80 Watts of sound. You can upgrade to Discover Navgation Pro for around £900, which brings a bigger 9.2-inch touchscreen, increased functionality including voice activation, DVD and a 64 GB hard drive. Another £1,000 will update the sound system with a 16-channel amplifier, 11 speakers plus subwoofer, and 700 Watts output.

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