June 30, 2020 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2020 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION

The Worthy Flagship

Volkswagen’s all-new, striking fastback flagship makes its predecessor the CC look silly. By functionality and purpose, it is the car that the pitifully unsuccessful Phaeton model was supposed to be given its much larger size and promise but it was just too expensive and ultimately unpopular. For the China-only market, there is a successor of the Phaeton though called the Phideon, which does look good and may find itself offered in other markets.

The Arteon is a fabulous and versatile fastback with only one direct competitor given the pricing, the Kia Stinger 2.0T which actually has similar proportions on a longer wheelbase but with a smaller trunk, is cheaper, and less opulent. Within its own house, the Arteon is way better and more spacious than the Passat even if it is slightly shorter but uses a longer wheelbase. Our test unit appears even more foreboding because of its Deep Pearl Black exterior combined with Titan black leather interior further accentuated by the R-Line aesthetic packaging that includes the mean-looking dark grey 20-inch alloys wrapped with 245/35R20 95H Continental ProContact TX tires. The wheels look so thin and huge on the Arteon that the 13.4-in vented front and 12.2-in solid rear discs look puny. The ride though feels like you are driving with 17-inch wheels thanks to the excellent DCC® adaptive chassis control.

The spacious interior is the classiest in the current Volkswagen model line-up but it is still mostly familiar. Dynamic performance is leagues better than the old CC but does it with appropriate refinement instead of belligerence. You feel genuinely special but not snooty in the Arteon. The full-LED signature lighting is lovely and the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system is so seamless that you forget that you have the extra traction.

As a whole, we really liked the Arteon and hope that its good looks, thoughtful packaging, and huge trunk will earn the respect and sales that it deserves. It did leave me wanting for much more verve in the engine department but its target audience wouldn’t.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1984 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 268 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 258 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm
Transmission 8-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 203 km/h (127 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 6.2 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 20 mpg City / 27 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) US$ 47,705.00
What's Great Great-looking, very well-appointed, rocking 700-watt 12-speaker Dynaudio infotainment system, excellent active suspension.
What's Not So Chassis could easily handle more power, not as plush as expected, interior too familiar.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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