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Volkswagen Arteon review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

It’s a highly refined cruiser with plenty of luggage space, but the Arteon’s roof spells trouble for tall rear seat passengers

It doesn't feel as spacious as the limo-like Passat, but there’s no doubting the Arteon provides a great deal of comfort for its occupants. It rides smoothly even on the biggest diameter (20-inch) wheels, at least until you hit major imperfections on the road surface which can upset the serenity with a jolt. There’s also an additional comfort setting in the driving modes, but we think it adds a little too much ‘wallow’ and not enough extra smoothness. Engine noise is very well damped, and the car slips through the air quietly too.

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There’s loads of seat adjustment, especially with the 14-way electric seat option, to ensure you’ll find a comfortable seating position. Once ensconced, the standard leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, great infotainment and lavish feel of the fit and finish should ensure the journey is relaxing. 

Size

The Arteon is large car at 4,862mm long and 1,871mm wide, but it’s only 1,450mm from the tarmac to the roof. That compares with the VW Passat saloon which comes in at 4,767mm x 1,832mm x 1,476mm.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The Arteon has a relatively long wheelbase, which means there’s plenty of legroom in the back. However that sloping rear three-quarter profile impacts on headroom, and taller passengers will feel hard done by. The R-Line gets a dark ‘sporty’ headlining too, which can emphasise the lack of space in the rear by adding a slightly claustrophobic feel.

Boot

There’s a decent-sized boot lurking beneath the Arteon’s hatchback tail. At 563 litres it’s down on the Passat by 23 litres, which isn’t much at all. The tailgate opens wide for good access, and if you want to maximise the luggage capacity you can fold down the back seats to reveal a relatively cavernous 1,557-litre load area.

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