The Volkswagen Arteon is an attractive take on the near-luxury mid-size sedan market. There’s not much to contend with, and the sedan segment is regrettably shrinking, but it’s in great shape and has an impressive 2.0 268-horsepower turbo four under the hood. That’s all good in my book, but the recently announced Arteon Shooting Brake augments all of that with a hot van version. Unfortunately, we will not see it on these coasts.
Arteon’s overhauled sedan heads here in November, however, as a 2021 model. Not a ton has changed between old and new. There’s a new, more aggressive front fascia with fewer horizontal slats on the grille and a refined headlight shape. Other than that, it’s mainly the same Arteon underneath. Honestly, I had to work hard to distinguish 2019 from 2021.
Most of the change comes from within. The interior has been massively renovated. Now it comes standard with Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, which is a great digital display as its gauge cluster. It has been on various Audi products for a few years and I have loved it every time I experienced it. In addition to that technological focus, there are a host of touchscreen touch buttons on the steering wheel, plus a new 8-inch touchscreen and a new touch-sensitive climate control panel. Personally, I love touch screens in cars, but I guess they look great.
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Volkswagen was set on fire by the US market. USA In wagons before, since none of you ungrateful bought the Golf Alltrack. Volkswagen is pleased to note that the wagon market is shrinking in the US. USA Is it the market that doesn’t want cars, or the American dealer network and the need for instant gratification that ended the car in the states? Are people not buying cars because they cannot find them to buy from dealer lots, or are the dealer lots absent from the cars because people are not buying cars? Is it a chicken / egg or a self-fulfilling prophecy?
But I digress.
Still, there is no point in arguing this, because Volkswagen has already ruled out the wagon version reaching the United States. There’s no point asking, because supposedly they didn’t even design the thing to meet American standards. But we already knew that VW didn’t mind selling Arteon in the US. USA Because Europe also has an impressive 215 horsepower plug-in hybrid version and a 315 horsepower VR model R, neither of which is intended for this market.
Too bad, too, because an Arteon Shooting Brake PHEV fits the exact specs of what you were looking for when we bought our Buick TourX. Would have negotiated in such a beast, no doubt. This is life.
Regardless, the Arteon sedan will be here in November and shouldn’t cost much more than the current model., which starts at $ 37,015 for a FWD SE model. An AWD SEL Premium R-Line will cost you $ 48,715 before options.
Jesus, just look at that three-quarter back. It’s so good.
Oh and forIn Volkswagen’s record, a Shooting Brake does not have four doors.