2021 VW Arteon SEL Premium R-Line – Luxury Sporty Fastback. 2021 VW Arteon SEL Premium R-Line US – Drive, Interior and Exterior. Please Consider Subscribing.
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The Arteon is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine, making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The power is taken to the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® shifting. Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive is available SEL R-Line models and standard on SEL Premium R-Line models.
In addition, the Arteon is equipped with the XDS cross-differential lock at the front and rear. The latest XDS+ version applies this functionality to a larger range of dynamic performance, helping make the vehicle more agile.
The XDS+ system operates like a limited-slip differential and can help compensate for understeer during cornering. In low traction situations, the system can briefly brake a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.
Front-wheel-drive Arteon models have an 18.2 gallon fuel tank and offer an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 22 mpg in city driving, 32 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined. Models equipped with 4Motion all-wheel drive have an 18.3 gallon fuel tank and are rated at 20 mpg in city driving, 31 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined.
The chassis and running gear of the Arteon have been specifically enhanced compared to other Volkswagen MQB models, accentuating the Gran Turismo spirit of the car. A strut-type independent front suspension is mated with a four-link independent rear suspension with gas-filled dampers, and both axles are equipped with anti-roll bars. While this suspension layout is responsible for a comfortable and composed ride in many Volkswagen models, it is particularly effective in the long wheelbase of the Arteon.
The braking system is comprised of 13.4-inch vented front discs and 12.2-inch vented rear discs with standard three-channel ABS with electronic brake pressure distribution. The rack-and-pinion steering features electric power assist and speed-sensitive variable steering assist. This system offers a 13.6:1 steering ratio that allows for a sporty 2.76 steering wheel turns from lock to lock and a vehicle turning circle of 39 feet.
The standard DCC adaptive damping system contributes to the balance between excellent handling and premium ride comfort by managing the suspension’s rebound and compression rates individually, helping to improve vehicle dynamics.
All 2021 Arteon models feature innovative Volkswagen MIB3 touchscreen infotainment. The displays utilize a capacitive-touch sensor (as in smartphone and tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming.
The advanced Volkswagen Digital Cockpit system, standard on all Arteon models, presents drivers with a fully-digital instrument cluster. Using a 10- inch TFT display, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit offers a configurable presentation of important vehicle information, with 21 viewing options, including car status, navigation, driving data, phone information, driver assistance features, and more. Users can select from multiple views, including a full screen navigation view.
A newly developed, high-end sound system made by audio specialists harman/kardon has been specifically geared toward the Arteon. Standard in SEL Premium R-Line trim, the system uses a 700-watt, 16-channel amplifier to power a total of twelve high-performance speakers, including a center speaker in the newly designed dash panel and a subwoofer in the trunk. The remaining treble, midrange, and bass loudspeakers are arranged in the doors. The infotainment system coordinates the individual sound control of the system, which also provides intuitive pre-configured settings, such as Pure, Chill out, Live and Energy.
Arteon models will offer the newest and most advanced audio entertainment platform—SiriusXM with 360L. Available by subscription (three-month All Access trial package included), SiriusXM with 360L combines satellite and streaming content delivery into a single, cohesive in-vehicle entertainment experience and provides more options than before, including access to more than 10,000 hours of SiriusXM’s recorded On Demand content, and more live channels.
To meet the demands of American drivers, the 2021 Arteon offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance technology. Available features include: Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist) Rear Traffic Alert; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist); Travel Assist; Emergency Assist; Park Distance Control; Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist); Dynamic Road Sign Display; High Beam Control (Light Assist); and Overhead View Camera (Area View).