Yes, I know I'm a few days late writing this article about the new limited edition Arteon and the reason for that is that I didn't really care about it. I simply couldn't find anything worth writing about. Not a single special or never-before-seen feature, but then the Arteon itself is not that special, is it? It's just a Passat wearing a fancy dress and for this reason alone, I'm going to try and explain why I don't think it's worth the money over the Passat, but before that, let me tell you a few things about the car in question.
ONLY 250 OF THESE WILL EVER BE MADE, ACCORDING TO VW
The R-Line Edition is only available in one colour, named Moonstone Grey, and while I'm not a fan of grey and silver cars, I have to say that it goes very well with the black 20 inch wheels and the black trims that come as standard. I think the lack of chrome trims gives the Arteon a much sportier look and that's a good thing for something marketed as a " 4 door coupé ". It also comes as standard with a Nappa leather interior, LED headlights, parking sensors, an infotainment system and so on. When it comes to engines, there's nothing new to talk about. The same diesels ranging from 150 to 240 bhp and petrols ranging from 190 to 272 bhp. No matter which engine you choose, you will always get a DSG gearbox and if you go for the most powerful versions, you will also get all-wheel drive. At just under 56 000 euros starting price for the low-power petrol engine, it's far from a bargain. You could even get a brand new BMW 5 series with a few extras for that ammount of money.
This doesn't look any different to me..
Now that I've finished talking about the not-so-new Arteon, it's time to talk about its biggest problem: its identity - or rather, the lack of it. About 4 years ago, when it was launched, I have to say, I was amazed. Not only did it look really good, but VW were also saying that it would eventually be available with a new VR6 engine and that was fantastic news. The first disappointment came straight after I had seen pictures of the inside. It looks exactly like the interior of a Passat. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, because the build quality is very good and so are the ergonomics, but this isn't a Passat. It's supposed to be something more interesting than a Passat. The second and bigger disappointment comes about 4 years later. After so much time, we're still not getting any news about a new VR6 engine, but instead we get a special edition, that isn't really special for a special car, that sort of isn't. In other words, the only reason why anyone would buy this car, would be the looks. And maybe for the longer wheelbase, if they don't fancy the Škoda Superb. If you ask me, what VW should do instead is, whenever they will give it a facelift, make sure they change a few bits inside and fit it with the 5 cylinder engine from the Audi TT RS. That shouldn't be very difficult since they share platforms, right?