📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ June 26, 2020
➤ On sale in the autumn | First deliveries late 2020 | Anticipated range price from around £33,500.
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The updated 2020 Volkswagen Arteon gets refreshed styling, a new estate model, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain and quick ‘R’ versions.
The refreshed 2020 Volkswagen Arteon model range has been revealed. The revised line-up adds a new estate model and a host of updates including a plug-in hybrid powertrain and updated styling. A range-topping ‘R’ badged performance variant has also joined the line-up.
The new Arteon will go on sale in autumn, with the first cars arriving with customers in late 2020. Full details of prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the model’s launch.
It would be safe to expect the facelifted Arteon to cost a little more than the current £33,150 starting price, and the estate to carry an additional price premium over the equivalent hatchback model. Quick ‘R’ models are likely to start from around £45,000.
The new car has undergone several subtle styling tweaks, which isn’t surprising given the original Arteon’s handsome looks. There are new air intakes across the range, plus updated LED headlights and new daytime running lights that stretch right across the front end.
The new Arteon will come with a completely updated interior, with the latest ‘MIB3’ infotainment system. Looking similar to the facelifted Passat, two touchscreen sizes are available and all cars get a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The air-conditioning functions and steering wheel controls are now touch-sensitive, rather than physical buttons, and a 30-colour ambient lighting system is available on the options list.
Volkswagen’s Travel Assist function will be available for the first time. Combining lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and stop-and-go functionality, the Arteon will be able to drive itself on the motorway at speeds of up to 130mph. You’ll still need to be alert; it’s not a full self-driving package and your hands need to remain on the steering wheel.
The Arteon counts the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes CLA among its main rivals, but there won’t be many alternatives to the sleek estate version. Those considering the Arteon estate may also want to look at the BMW 3 Series Touring, the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake and the KIA ProCeed (yes, really).
2020 Volkswagen Arteon estate
Everything behind the front doors is new for the Arteon estate. There’s 11mm more headroom in the front and 48mm extra in the rear, enough to comfortably accommodate taller rear-seat passengers. Boot space has increased by 27 litres bigger, too, with the estate offering a substantial 590 litres. The Volkswagen Passat estate is still slightly larger with a 650 litre boot, but the Arteon trades on style rather than outright practicality.
Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) engine
Alongside the fast ‘R’ models, there’s a new PHEV that combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and a 13.7kWh battery. It’s the same powertrain that’s fitted in the Volkswagen Passat GTE and Skoda Superb iV and produces 215hp. Up to 34 miles of electric-only driving is possible when the battery’s fully charged. We expect it to carry the GTE badge as have VW’s other PHEV models. It will likely be the most efficient Arteon offered, with a low CO2 emissions figure making it a popular pick for company-car drivers.
2020 Volkswagen Arteon R
Topping the range will be the new high-performance flagship Volkswagen Arteon R hatchback and estate models. Both feature the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the forthcoming Volkswagen Golf R, but slightly detuned to produce 316hp. Volkswagen’s 4Motion four-wheel drive system and a DSG automatic gearbox are standard, and we’d expect both models to hit 0-62mph in around five seconds.
‘R’ models get lowered, adaptive sports suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels and styling upgrades, such as more aggressive bumpers and four exhaust pipes. The sporty nuances continue inside, with profiled seats trimmed in Nappa leather, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and model-specific graphics and badges.