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2022 Volkswagen Arteon Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

The 2022 Volkswagen Arteon is a rolling art display and the brand’s flagship model. While the sleek four-door hatchback lacks the selling power of VW’s ever-expanding SUV lineup, it forgoes popularity potential for a flashy sedan-like form and a surprising amount of function. Credit the latter to its large back seat and the generous cargo space under its rear hatch. While rivals such as the Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima are more traditional full-size sedans, only the VW offers all-wheel drive. The Arteon’s 300-hp turbo four is just as powerful as V-6 rivals, too, and its ride is appropriately refined, but we wish it was as exciting to drive as it looks. Its price tag is also precariously close to its corporate equivalent, the more desirable Audi A5 Sportback. Unfortunately, VW’s interior execution falls short of an Audi owner’s expectations. Still, the 2022 Arteon is elegant, well equipped, and endowed with class-leading versatility.

What’s New for 2022?

For 2022, Volkswagen enhances the Arteon’s turbocharged engine and pairs it with a new transmission. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder now makes 300 horsepower (32 more horses) and 295 pound-feet of torque (up 37). A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic now channels that power, replacing the conventional eight-speed auto. The Arteon’s base price rises by $3000 to offset the newly adopted R-Line appearance package, which becomes standard on the entry-level SE trim along with new 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, and wireless device charging. The SEL R-Line now comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it can now be fitted with an optional 20-inch Dark Graphite wheel package.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    We think the SEL R-Line strikes the best balance of style and standard features. Compared with the entry-level SE, it boasts a snazzier cabin with cool ambient lights, real leather upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof. It also comes standard with adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and lane-keeping assist.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The Arteon is motivated by a 300-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base SE model is front-wheel drive only, but all-wheel drive is standard on the SEL and SEL Premium. Depending on the trim level, the Arteon comes standard with 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels. Adaptive suspension dampers are standard and can adjust automatically to your driving style or be manually set to Comfort, Normal, or Sport. Regardless of the setting, the ride is smooth and controlled. Precise steering is reminiscent of the 10Best-winning Golf GTI, and handling is competent, but you won’t confuse this big VW for a sports sedan.

      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      Volkswagen hasn’t released fuel-economy estimates for the 2022 Arteon. While last year’s model was rated at up to 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, we expect those figures to change due to the engine’s increased power output and newly adopted transmission. Once we can test one on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Arteon’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      Inside, the VW Arteon is furnished with high-quality materials, but there’s a distinct lack of design flair. Nevertheless, VW carved out plenty of interior room from the big five-door’s rakish profile. Two large-framed six-footers can ride upfront without ever rubbing elbows. Rear seating is similarly accommodating, and there’s a noticeable increase in legroom compared with the VW Passat. The Arteon’s hatchback opens to reveal a generous 27 cubic feet of cargo capacity. We managed to fit nine carry-on suitcases behind its rear seat and another 12 (21 total) with the back seat stowed. All Arteons come with heated front seats, but the top-of-the-line SEL Premium adds ventilation for those seats, a massage feature for the driver, heated rear seats, and a power liftgate.

      Infotainment and Connectivity

      An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on every Arteon. It’s primarily controlled through touch inputs, and there’s no longer a volume knob, but there are also touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel. Along with two USB ports, the VW has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Stepping up to the SEL adds built-in navigation, and the SEL Premium features a powerful Harman/Kardon audio system. Additional connected features, such as remote vehicle unlocking and emergency assistance, are available with a Volkswagen Car-Net subscription.

      Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

      The Arteon comes standard with some driver-assistance technology, including automated emergency braking as well as front and rear parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and lane-keeping assist are standard on the top two models. For more information about the Arteon’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

      • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
      • Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
      • Available adaptive cruise control

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        Volkswagen provides an above-average limited warranty and two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance. However, most rivals offer a longer powertrain warranty.

        • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
        • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 20,000 miles

          Specifications

          Specifications

          2021 Volkswagen Arteon 4Motion

          VEHICLE TYPE
          front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

          PRICE AS TESTED
          $48,190 (base price: $44,590)

          ENGINE TYPE
          turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection
          Displacement 
          121 in3, 1984 cm3
          Power 
          268 hp @ 5500 rpm
          Torque 
          258 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm

          TRANSMISSION
          8-speed automatic

          CHASSIS
          Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
          Brakes (F/R): 13.4-in vented disc/12.2-in vented disc
          Tires: Continental ProContact TX, 245/35R-20 95H M+S

          DIMENSIONS
          Wheelbase: 111.9 in
          Length: 191.6 in
          Width: 73.7 in
          Height: 56.9 in
          Passenger volume: 98 ft3
          Cargo volume: 27 ft3
          Curb weight: 3939 lb

          C/D TEST RESULTS
          60 mph: 6.4 sec
          100 mph: 15.9 sec
          Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.2 sec
          Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.5 sec
          Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
          1/4 mile: 14.7 sec @ 96 mph
          Top speed (governor limited): 128 mph
          Braking, 70–0 mph: 167 ft
          Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.90 g
          Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

          C/D FUEL ECONOMY
          75-mph highway driving: 31 mpg
          Highway range: 560 miles

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY
          Combined/city/highway: 24/20/31 mpg

          C/D testing explained

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