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Volkswagen Arteon Review Rundown

VolkswagenPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Nothing in particular


The new Arteon Shooting Brake combines the visual elegance of a coupé with the versatility of an estate. It adds a unique rear end, comprising a longer roofline, a more tapered glasshouse, prominent D-pillars and an angled tailgate.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The Arteon R gets a few highlights to suggest that it’s sporty, such as mock carbon inserts, blue stitching, grippy seat trim and, on the overburdened infotainment, if you personalise your own drive mode you can pick from 15 different states for your dampers. The driving position is brilliantly true and widely adjustable, and the ergonomics while good, not as bad as a Golf 8, are not quite as brill as a VW should be.
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  • Fun to drive
  • Good infotainment
  • Not quite as fast as a Golf 8
  • Not as practical as a Passat


Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
, the fastback being 1428mm tall and the estate 1447mm. Both Arteon variants are offered here with four revised turbocharged four-cylinder engines. All get front-wheel drive and, in most cases, the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Also coming, although not until next spring, are the new Arteons R and Shooting Brake R.
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  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Fiddly to use
  • No automatic gearbox


Sentiment Score[*] 51%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
Volkswagen's Arteon Fastback is a more emotional alternative to the practical Passat saloon. The plug-in model offers strong efficiency (with the battery charged), plenty of kit and the car is a bit more stylish than some VWs. It's not that sporty, but majors on refinement and a ride that on the whole is comfortable.
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  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lack of agility


Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Arteon R Shooting Brake is a practical, potent and pragmatic alternative to Volkswagen's Tiguan R SUV. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive. The 0-62mph sprint only takes 4.9 seconds, while there are 590 litres of boot space on offer.
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  • Svelte styling
  • Powerful four-cylinder engine
  • Lots of standard kit
  • Not the most fun to drive


Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
A 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 is the only engine available, with 268 horsepower. The Arteon isn't necessarily quick, but the turbo punch is enough to get this four-door up and out of its own way. Volkswagen says it targets the Acura TLX and Nissan Maxima as competitors.
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  • Sleek, refined interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Decent infotainment tech
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive
  • Lack of standard four-wheel drive


Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Arteon would make a great long-distance cruiser or commuter car, but it also has the makings of a good driver's car. The standard adaptive suspension did a great job of balancing handling and comfort. To get maximum tech, you need to go with the range-topping SEL Premium R-Line model.
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  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lack of tech
  • Lacks refinement


1. ^ Volkswagen Arteon R Shooting Brake 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-07-20 Retrieved 2021-07-31.
2. ^ Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 1.4 TSI eHybrid 2020 review. autocar. 2020-10-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ New Volkswagen Arteon eHybrid 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-05-14 Retrieved 2021-05-15.
4. ^ New Volkswagen Arteon R Shooting Brake 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-07-07 Retrieved 2021-07-07.
5. ^ 2021 Volkswagen Arteon review: Star without a spotlight. cnet. 2020-12-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ 2021 Volkswagen Arteon review: German luxury for everyone. digitaltrends. 2021-03-02 Retrieved 2021-05-15.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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