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2021 Volkswagen Arteon

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is as pretty as it is practical. Volkswagen gave the Arteon fresh exterior details and interior updates including new front bumpers, new wheel designs, a thicker and more distinctive steering wheel, touch-sensitive climate controls, and adjustable ambient interior lighting. 

Under the hood of the elegant sportback sedan is a 268-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 258 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Most versions offer standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive, except the SEL Premium, which is all-wheel-drive only. 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. 

The Arteon has a generous 27 cubic feet of cargo capacity that can 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.

Inside, there is a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit gauge cluster and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is primarily controlled through touch inputs, and there’s no longer a volume knob, but there are also touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel. There is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Stepping up to the SEL provides navigation and wireless charging; the Premium R-Line features a powerful Harman/Kardon audio system.  Our favorite aspect of the Arteon is the available 30-color LED ambient lighting feature that extends to the door panel trim.  

For 2021, the Arteon gets more standard safety features. Now included at no extra cost is Blind Spot Detection, Rear-Traffic Alert, and Front Assist automated emergency braking. Starting with the SEL R-Line, Lane Assist lane departure mitigation becomes standard. Combined with stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, that feature forms a suite VW calls Travel Assist, which is intended to aid the driver on long drives.

 

To learn more about the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon, visit Capitol Volkswagen in San Jose. 

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