2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL: All Dressed Up and Ready to Drive

Published: Monday, December 16, 2019 | 9:48 PM

2019volkswagenarteon475If you are sitting there scratching your head and wondering what an Arteon is, it’s a brand new Sedan model from Volkswagen. With a sleek exterior and size-savvy interior, the Arteon is Volkswagen’s newest offering to families that want a nice looking car that can suit their space needs with a leaning toward luxury.

Available in three trim levels: SE, SEL and SEL Premium and available in All-Wheel-Drive, the Arteon is a four-door hatch with seating for five. This review will focus on the SEL trim level.

2019volkswagenarteonintSome of the highlights of the SEL trim level are: adaptive headlights with cornering lights, a sunroof, remote ignition, adaptive cruise control, driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, a digital gauge cluster, interior ambient lighting and a navigation system.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged four banger powers the Arteon producing 268 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an eight speed automatic transmission and on the SEL trim, four wheel drive is standard. Expect to get 20/city, 27/highway, and 23/combined mpg.

With soft Nappa leather seats, the interior of the Arteon is inviting. It’s quite roomy in head, leg and elbow room and will suit even taller passengers. The Volkswagen digital interface handles the technology functions like voice activate phone calls and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It’s a pretty easy system to use but I had a little trouble with the voice activation, I have that kind of voice.

For cargo space the Arteon can’t be beat. Its 27 cubic feet of storage are much more than most sedans its size. Because of the wide opening the cargo space is easy to access and the back seats fold down for more space.

The turbocharged engine gives a burst of speed for a dead stop for easy merging and passing. The car’s handling is sports-like with great responsiveness. Riders will enjoy a smooth and quite ride thanks to the Arteon ‘s adaptive suspension.

New on the scene but already making waves, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL is all dressed up and ready to drive.