Volkswagen Arteon

The 2022 Volkswagen Arteon is available in all-wheel drive SEL R-Line and SEL Premium R-Line while the SE R-Line is available in front-wheel drive. This Volkswagen sedan is powered by a 300-hp turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The Arteon comes standard with adaptive suspension dampers and comes with several different driving modes including, Comfort, Normal and Sport. Drivers can expect great fuel economy with the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon, front-wheel drive models are rated at 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive models have a slight decrease but can still reach up to 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.

The base SEL R-Line Arteon comes stock with a handful of premium features, including 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone front automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, the Volkswagen App-Connect featuring Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration, KESSY keyless entry with push button start, power heated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, voice activated navigation, wireless device charging, 2 USB ports, and an 8-speaker sound system with SiriusXM and HD radio.

The SEL Premium R-Line adds a 12-speaker premium sound system, heated steering wheel, separate rear HVAC controls, heated and cooled front seating, heated rear seats and auto high-beam headlights. The all-wheel drive model also comes standard with several safety features including Lane Keeping System, Park Distance Control, Active Side Assist blind-spot monitoring and Area View camera system and tracker system.

Standard safety features on the Arteon include 8-airbag system with side-curtain airbags that cover front and rear occupants, blind spot warning, a Front Assist forward-collision warning system with Autonomous Emergency Braking, hydraulic brake assist, Rear Traffic Alert, Pedestrian Monitoring, and perimeter approach lights.

Editors' Review

The Volkswagen Arteon wears several hats. Its comfortable ride and premium interior makes it VW's entry-level luxury car, but its generous cargo area and hatchback design makes it a functional vehicle for families. For 2022, VW hopes to add "performance car" to the Arteon's list of bona fides, thanks to a new standard turbocharged engine borrowed directly from the Golf R.

As with the Golf R, VW's 2.0-liter turbo I4 (known internally as EA888 Evo 4) produces 300 horsepower at 5,350 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm -- gains of 32 hp and 37 lb.-ft. over the 2021 Arteon's engine. The 2022 model gets a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, replacing last year's eight-speed automatic, and while base Arteons continue to use front-wheel drive, the rest come standard with VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. (Interestingly, this 4Motion setup is based on the Mk 7 Golf R's Haldex AWD system, not the new Magna one in the Mk 8 Golf R.)

Power delivery is good but not great. Because this 2.0-liter engine relies so heavily on turbocharging to deliver its thrust, there's noticeable lag during acceleration; the Arteon isn't as snappy as, say, a Kia Stinger 2.5T. However, the Arteon is slightly more efficient than its Korean rival, and I find it easy to see the EPA-estimated 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined in real-world driving.

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The Good ~ Tons of cargo space ~ Handsome styling ~ More power than before

The Bad ~ Dull handling ~ Small infotainment screen

The Bottom Line The Volkswagen Arteon remains a comfortable, functional sedan.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 9
  • Design 9.5
  • Media 8

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