The Arteon is the German marques fastback shaped sedan, which competes with its other rivals like the 3-Series and the C-class.

The Arteon, Volkswagen’s offering for the Mid size sedan to compete with the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C-Class has been updated for 2021. The fastback sedan now dons a new avatar, and might be the best looking VW out there, the new logo for the German automaker adorns the front grille and the rear. The car has been heavily updated, with the most futuristic design, especially the large front strip and the aggressive yet sublime styling.

The low and wide look has been carried forward with the new car, which is unique in the segment. The front has sharp lines which blend into the grille and form the top of the hood, which runs all the way to the wheel arches. Volkswagen even went to the trouble of putting the Arteon in a wind tunnel, which let them engineer a grad coefficient of 0.29. The grille is more pronounced now with the presence of the illuminated bar which stretches the whole width of the car and is connected to the DRLs, effectively removing the use of chrome on the front and giving it a very recognizable and different look. The wide lines which run the whole length of the car compliment its width, while the low profile gives it a sporty look, the whole car sits on the MQB platform which also provides the base for the Golf, and if observed closely one can notice the subtle similarities.

The dashboard inside has been rearranged and made with newer materials, complimenting the sharp-flowy design of the exterior. The interior gets 30-color ambient lighting in the R-Line variant, while the base gets aluminium trimmings on the dash. The climate control panel is now touch input, and the 8 inch infotainment system comes with the latest MIB3 software with Apple Carplay and Android auto compatibility. On the higher trim levels, wireless charging and Harman Kardon audio systems. The three-zone climate control is standard in the Arteon, as well as the heated seats and steering. The R-Line and Premium trims come with ventilated and massage function front seats.

The engine in the Arteon is a 2L TSI Turbo unit which makes 268hp and 259lbft of torque, which powers the front wheels by the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission. The 4Motion AWD is available on the R-Line and Premium trims, which offers superior grip and performance for a sportier drive. The engine has a start/stop system which shuts the engine down at Traffic signals, to save fuel and reduce emissions which restarts immediately as the brake is lifted off. The 4Motion system activates itself when deemed necessary, like slippery roads or lack of grip if the driver pushes the car harder, making use of only FWD when the car is under normal use. There is active torque distribution, which can provide 50% of the power to the rear wheels.

As is the norm in the segment, the Arteon comes with a host of safety features and driving aids to help make the driving experience easy and safe. Eight airbags, ABS, ESC, Post Collision Braking, Intelligent Crash Response, reactive hood for pedestrian collision safety keep the occupants as well as other cars and pedestrians safe. Driving aids like Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor,  Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping System, Travel Assist Emergency Assist, Park Distance Control, Parking Steering Assistant, Dynamic Road Sign Display, High Beam Control, and Overhead View Camera with area view are available on the top trims.

The Arteon is available in the base SE, the sportier SEL R-Line, and  top SEL Premium R-Line variant. The R-Line adds more aggressive styling on the outside and contrast stitching along with 4Motion AWD as mentioned before. The SE starts at $36,995 (INR 27 lakh) while the SEL R-Line variant is priced at $43,395 (INR 32 lakh), and the top spec SEL Premium R-Line is priced at $47,500 (INR 35 lakh) and is now available for order.

Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator