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20 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI SCR 190 R-Line 5dr 4MOTION DSG

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' Reminder warning buzzer2D/3D map view
Active Info display 12.3" high resolution TFT dash display with customisable menu and informationAdaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and speed limiter
Analogue clock in the dasboardBluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
Car-Net Security and ServiceDiscover navigation pro with 9.2" touchscreen, integrated voice activation, gesture control, car-net guide and inform plus
Driver alert system with fatigue detectionDriver profile selection
Front Assist with radar sensor controlled distance monitoring systemLane assist
Low washer fluid warning lightPress and drive key
Progressive steeringRemote boot unlocking
Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gaugeStart/Stop function
Streaming and internetThink blue trainer driver tips and journey analysis
Traffic jam assistWarning sound and light for doors and boot lid opening
Warning sound and light for front and rear seat belts if unfastened 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Battery regeneration during brakingDynamic Chassis Control (DCC) - Adjustable dampers lowered by 15mm
Misfuel prevention device for diesel enginePart galvanised body

Entertainment

CD/MP3/WMA and SD card readerDAB Digital radio
Driver Personalisation profile selectionMDI with USB/iPod connection cables
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibilitySMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
Title and cover art displayUSB interface 3.0 with type C

Exterior Features

Auto dimming interior rear view mirrorAutomatic coming/leaving home lighting function
Automatic hazard lights activation under emergency brakingAutomatic headlights with dusk sensor
Black gloss rear tailgate spoilerBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour side skirt
Body coloured top and matt black lower door mirrorsChrome lower door mouldings
Chrome side window surroundsChrome trim headlights extending into the radiator grille
Chrome trim on lower bumpersChrome trim on radiator grille louvres
Dynamic cornering lightsDynamic light assist
Electric adjust/heated/foldable with auto dimming on driver side, puddle lights on door mirror and reverse activated kerbview adjust on passenger sideEmergency release function in rear tailgate
Frameless side windows with one touch and convenience opening and closing functionsFront and rear electric windows
Front fog lightsHeadlight range control
Headlight washersHeated rear window
Heated windscreen washer jetsHigh level 3rd brake light
LED headlights with separate daytime running lightsLED number plate light
LED tinted rear light clusters with dynamic indicatorsLeft and right chrome effect trapezoid dummy exhaust tailpipe surrounds
R Line bading on front raddiator grilleR Line Design front bumper
R Line lettering on side fender ventsR Line logo on door sill protectors
Rain sensorRear tinted glass on rear side windows with 87% and rear windows with 77%
Side skirts with chrome insertsWindscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay

Interior Features

12V socket in centre console storage area12V socket in storage compartment with soft touch opening cover
12V socket on rear of front centre armrest2 bag hooks in luggage compartment
2 reading lights front and rear with interior delay and dimming function3 spoke leather multifunction steering wheel including paddle shift with Aluminium inserts and R-Line logo
3 Zone electronic climate control with automatic air recirculation4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
60/40 split folding rear seat with armrestAluminium finish interior door handles
Aluminium trim on upper and lower air vents extending across cockpitFront + rear carpet mats
Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming functionFront centre armrest with storage compartment, longitudinal and height adjustable and two rear air vents
Front cupholders x 2Front footwell ambient lighting
Front seat and rear pocketsFront seats with R-line logo on seat backrest
Gearshift paddlesGlovebox
Heated front seatsHeight adjustable 3 rear head restraints
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIlluminated vanity mirrors
Isofix child seat preparation easy fit for two outer rear seatsJack and tool kit
Light strips below trim in front doors and dashboardLuggage compartment lighting
Nappa leather upholsteryRear armrest with 2 cupholders
Rear load through provision with 2 cup holders in armrest when folded downRemovable luggage compartment cover
Stainless steel footrest and pedalsStorage compartment in drivers and front passengers door
Storage compartment in rear doorsStorage compartment with soft touch opening cover in centre console
Storage compartments in luggage area left and rightTitan headlining
USB charging point 

Passive Safety

3 rear three-point seat belts with tensioners on outer seatsABS+EBD+Brake assist
Active bonnetCity Emergency Braking in active traffic speeds up to 19mph
Drivers and front passengers airbags with passengers deactivation switchDrivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
Drivers knee airbagElectronic parking brake with auto hold
Electronic stability control (ESC) includes ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilisation functionFront and rear curtain airbags
Front seat side impact airbagsFront ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensionersHill start assist
Outer rear seat side impact airbagsPedestrian monitor
Proactive passenger protection systemRigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
Two tone hornTyre pressure loss indicator
Warning triangle 

Security

Alarm with interior protectionElectronic engine immobiliser
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys 

Trim

Piano black centre consoleSilver Rise decorative inserts in dash and door panels

Wheels

Full size alloy spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)130Noise Level dB(A)68
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb166
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH171WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL166

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1968Compression Ratio16.2:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)81Cylinders - Stroke (mm)95.5
Engine CodeDFHAEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears7 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH6.5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL6.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH43.5WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL44.8

General

AdBlueTrueBadge Engine CC2.0
Badge Power190Coin DescriptionTDI
Coin SeriesR LineGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0728EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %85NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %85NCAP Safety Assist %82
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage10000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months60Timing Belt Interval Mileage80000
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.8Engine Power - BHP190
Engine Power - KW140Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3500Engine Torque - LBS.FT295
Engine Torque - MKG40.8Engine Torque - NM400
Engine Torque - RPM1900Top Speed145

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTP 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear245/40 R19Tyre Size SpareFULL SIZE
Wheel Type19" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1450Length4862
Wheelbase2837Width1871
Width (including mirrors)2127 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)66Gross Vehicle Weight2250
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1557Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)563
Max. Loading Weight525Max. Roof Load100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked2200Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1725No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen Arteon

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

With the Arteon, Volkswagen made another bid for executive segment credibility. Elegance, comfort and technology were all delivered here, along with five-door coupe body styling and a surprising level of practicality. If you're looking for something individual and sensibly different in this sector, it's worth a look. Here, we check out the original 2017-2020-era versions of this car.

History

"Style is about more than just a badge on a boot lid". Heard that before? Well, it was very much Volkswagen's marketing line with this car, the company's 'Gran Turismo' premium mid-sized executive contender, the Arteon. 'Gran Turismo'? Let's start with that. It's an evocative term the industry likes to use for a four or five-door executive-segment model with sleeker 'coupe-like' 'Fastback' styling. This kind of body shape, much in vogue amongst auto makers in the '60's and '70's, was revived for luxury sector customers by the Mercedes CLS in 2005. Then it was taken up by Volkswagen, who in 2008 created a four-door coupe version of their Passat, the Passat CC, to sell against established prestige brand models like BMW's 3 Series and Audi's A4 in the mid-sized premium segment below. The up-market aspirations of that design became more credible when it was replaced by an updated model in 2011 merely christened the 'Volkswagen CC'. Which is the four-door car that in 2017, this five-door Arteon succeeded in the company's line-up. Cynics will dismiss it as a Passat in a pretty frock. But then so is an Audi A4. All of these models share the MQB platform and engineware used in this period most mid-to-large-sized Volkswagen Group vehicles but in this case, a significant amount of work was put in to differentiate the end result. This was lower, longer, wider and more expansive of wheelbase than the old CC. So much bigger in fact, that if you're going to talk market segments, this Arteon is actually closer in size to a full-sized executive car like an Audi A6 than it is to the kind of Audi A4-sector model it was priced to undercut. This in turn meant that a lot of the engineering here had to be completely bespoke - the braking and suspension systems for example were completely different to those of any other Volkswagen for sale in our market in this period. In short, the Wolfsburg maker's 'Gran Turismo' model was at last in this form, very much its own car. As it needed to be, campaigning in the premium segment with a volume brand badge. Previous to this, the last time the company had launched a flagship luxury model with four passenger doors tasked with doing that was with the Phaeton back in 2003 and that car was almost universally ignored by potential buyers. Back in 2017 though, Volkswagen was optimistic that with the far more stylish Arteon, things would be different. It was aimed at the more accessible mainstream business market rather than the boardroom sector for a start, and was priced directly against competitive premium brand five-door contenders that also featured a similar 'Fastback' 'GT'-style look, cars like Audi's A5 Sportback and BMW's 4 Series Gran Coupe. Like other rivals, these two couldn't match the Arteon for interior space or boot capacity. And they struggled to better this Volkswagen when it came to media connectivity and safety technology too. Despite all of this, sales of the Arteon in its original form were rather slow, but picked up a bit when the car was facelifted and updated at the end of 2020. Here though, we're going to check out the original 2017-2020-era models from a used car buyers perspective.

What You Get

Only the five-door hatch 'Fastback' body shape was offered to buyers of the pre-facelifted 2017-2020-era version of this car. This Arteon ushered in a whole new styling era for its brand and its broad, deep grille was subsequently replicated an awful lot on subsequent models, the widest to ever feature on one of the Wolfsburg maker's cars. Its upper cross bars flow into stylised LED headlamps, while simultaneously using finely integrated LED light conductors to perform the functions of daytime running lights. Move to the side and the size and character of the Arteon become even more evident. Ignore any ignorant friends and colleagues who dismiss it as a 'prettified Passat': this is a quite different kind of car with quite different dimensions that see it measure in 95mm longer, 39mm wider and 26mm lower than its showroom stablemate. Those dimensions are almost - but not quite - enough to qualify the Arteon for full-sized executive segment status or, to put it another way, make it an Audi A6 rather than an Audi A4 rival. It's the shaping though, rather than the size, that really sets this design apart. Particularly the swept-back roof line and the 'uplighter' effect of the sculpted lower panels. Inside, a little disappointingly, there's far less evidence of fundamental design differentiation from any ordinary mid-level Manager's company Passat. It says much for that humbler model that this isn't the issue it would be with other volume brands, with high quality materials much in evidence, build quality from the German factory faultless and the overall ambiance very much of a premium standard thanks to the Arteon's classier trimming. As on a Passat, the main thing that catches your eye is the long, slim mid-level chrome-finned air vent, intended in this case to be a visual reference to the cross-bars of the front grille. It extends across the entire width of the interior like a band, interrupted only by the instruments and a smart analogue clock in the centre of the fascia. We mentioned the instruments: they're actually virtual dials. This car got as standard an 'Active Info Display', a 12.3-inch TFT screen that completely replaces the usual conventional gauges with an almost infinitely customisable layout of crystal clear virtual graphics. And the rear? Well, the Wolfsburg brand quotes a legroom figure of 1,016mm, which matches what you'd get from full-sized Executive saloons from the next class up measuring over five metres. As for the swept-back roof, well it doesn't compromise headroom too much - there's 940mm of it - though lankier six-footers may find themselves brushing the smart headliner. Let's finish this segment by taking a look in the boot. Your sales person may well be keen to reference the fact that the 563-litre space provided here is a significant 83-litres more than you get in rival Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe models. If you need more room than that, pushing forwards the 60:40-split seatback frees up as much as 1,557-litres of total fresh air and more than two metres of loading length between the front seats and boot lip.

What to Look For

Most Arteon customers in our survey seemed very satisfied. We did come across though, a fault with the 1.5 TSI engine that results in hesitation and jerkiness between about 1,500 and 2,000rpm, making a smooth getaway quite difficult without using excessive revs. This fault effects both manual and DSG equipped cars and is apparently known by the manufacturer. Check for bodywork panel scuffs because all-round visibility from the coupe-style bodyshape isn't the best. Those big alloy wheels can scuff easily too. There are various recalls in the 2017-2020 period that as a used buyer, you need to know about. The first affects the metal housing surrounding the rear wheel bearings of models built between August 2017 and August 2019. If remedial work hasn't been carried out, you might notice strange noises coming from the back of the car and uneven tyre wear. A few cars from the start of production until May 2017 may have a problem with the sunroof trim which wasn't bonded correctly to the frame. A few cars built between May and August 2018 might have been fitted with seats where the welds on the backrest head restraint mounting could fail in a crash. Finally, a software update may be required on Arteons made between October 2018 and May 2019 to improve the amount of torque the engine delivers at low speeds to improve drivability.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2018 Arteon 2.0 TDI 150PS - Ex Vat) An oil filter is in the £7-£11 bracket. An air filter is in the £9-£23 bracket. A fuel filter is in the £11-£30 bracket. A pollen filter is in the £6-£17 bracket. Front brake pads cost in the £24-£67 bracket. Front brake discs sit in the £65-£190 bracket; rear discs cost in the £75-£123 bracket. A starter motor is around £87-£110. A radiator is around £120-£134. A water pump is around £103. An LED headlamp is around £874.

On the Road

In many ways, the whole 'Gran Turismo' concept rather suits this Arteon. 'GT' motoring is supposed to be about high speed touring rather than out-and-out sportscar driving dynamics and if you judge this Volkswagen purely on that criteria, you're likely to be quite satisfied with it. Refinement is excellent, as is ride quality thanks to a specially developed four-link independent rear suspension set-up that original buyers could embellish with a sophisticated 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system. 'DCC' was optional on mainstream models, but it came as standard for those who went for one of the top '4MOTION' 4WD variants that also got an XDS electronic differential lock system to help get the power down at speed through tight turns. You won't really want to go throwing this Volkswagen about though: it isn't really that kind of car. But what it lacks when it comes to driving on its door handles it more than makes up for with exemplary trans-continental-style cruising ability. We should really talk about available beneath the bonnet shouldn't we? Petrol people were offered the choice of an entry-level 1.5-litre 150PS unit and a 2.0-litre 190PS engine, plus a further 2.0-litre 280PS powerplant that came only with 4MOTION 4WD. The majority of likely buyers though, signed up for one of the 2.0-litre diesels. There was a 150PS baseline option, but the majority of customers wanted to stretch at least as far as the 190PS version of this single-turbo engine, a unit offered with the option of '4MOTION' 4WD for those wanting it. The top twin turbo BiTDI 240PS diesel came only in '4MOTION' guise and managed 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 152g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures). As for transmission, well with the base 1.5-litre petrol model and the volume diesel variants, there was the original option of paying more to swap the 6-speed stick shift for Volkswagen's usual 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. Elsewhere in the range though, that DSG auto was mandatory.

Overall

There's lots to like here, providing you're admiring of the looks and don't care that people might think you couldn't afford a BMW. Unlike Ford in this period, Volkswagen did more than just throw wood and leather at an existing medium range model in its efforts to create a genuinely premium mid-sized executive contender. There was proper cutting-edge technology here -and it was beautifully packaged. In summary, should you be undecided between the mid-sized and full-sized Executive segments and want something practical and spacious, yet with more style and individuality than is available from the usual business-class suspects in these categories from this era, then the Arteon could well be a perfect choice. Style knows no brand boundaries. And if you doubt that, you need to try this car.

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
60%
Equipment
80%
Economy
60%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
60%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£482
Deposit£1500
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate6.93%
Cash price£32,998
Credit amount£31,498
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£15,221
Total amount payable£39,858
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge9.0p per mile
Representative APR6.9%
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