TodayApril 15, 2022

2021 Volkswagen Arteon review pricing specs

2021 Volkswagen Arteon flagship sedan

  • With a starting MSRP of $36,995, the updated brand halo offers a new front end, greater levels of interior refinement, advanced connectivity, and new driver assistance options
  • 268hp four-cylinder TSI engine; front-wheel-drive or available Volkswagen 4Motion
  • Standard features include: 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED lighting, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, MIB3 infotainment with wireless App-Connect, navigation, Car-Net with Wi-Fi capability, Front Assist, and Side Assist
  • Available features include 19- and 20-inch wheels, massaging driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, leather seating surfaces,
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System, Harman Kardon premium audio, ACC, Lane Assist, Travel Assist, Emergency Assist, Dynamic Road Sign Display, Park Distance Control, Park Assist, Light Assist, and Area View

Pricing for the new 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will start at $36,995 MSRP. The updated brand halo offers a new front end with sharpened design elements and greater refinement levels inside, along with advanced connectivity and new driver assistance options.

The VW 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 comes from the front wheels via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic shifting; 4Motion all-wheel drive is available on the midlevel trim and standard on the top trim line. The DCC adaptive damping system is standard, as is the XDS cross-differential lock at the front and rear, improving vehicle dynamics and handling.

The refreshed Arteon features a refined front end and sharpened design elements. The long, sweeping hood and front apron emphasize the vehicle’s ample width with three striking chrome bars. For the first time, the Arteon can have an illuminated light bar in the grille. On midrange and top trim models, new LED daytime running lights (DRLs) connect to form a central light bar in the grille, surrounding the new Volkswagen logo and giving an unmistakable lighting signature. A character line starts in the radiator grille at the front and runs smoothly across the silhouette up to the tail light clusters. The VW badge and Arteon lettering take on a new look. There are three new colors for the model year 2021; Kings Red Metallic, Oryx White Pearl, and Lapiz Blue Metallic (the latter two exclusive to R-Line trims).

The interior of the Arteon showcases a redesigned cockpit that matches the model’s exclusive nature. New décor trim and an available 30-color ambient lighting system augment a modern dash design. In contrast, new digital touch surfaces with haptic feedback are on the new multifunction steering wheel and the new Climatronic Touch interface. Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is standard. All models come with the MIB3 Discover Media infotainment system, which offers an 8.0-inch display, navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio with 360L (three-month trial), and wireless App-Connect; wireless charging is available.

All trims come standard with the next generation Car-Net telematics system and have in-car Wi-Fi capability when subscribed to a data plan. The top trim includes an all-new 700-watt, 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon features a full suite of driver assistance features, including new options for 2021. Standard features include Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), and Rear Traffic Alert. Mid-level and trims and up include Automatic Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go; Lane-Keeping System (Lane Assist); Travel Assist; Emergency Assist; High Beam Control (Light Assist); and Park Distance Control. Features exclusive to the top trim include Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist); and Overhead View Camera (Area View).
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will be available in three trim levels and expects to begin arriving at Volkswagen dealers in Q4 2020.

2021 VW Arteon pricing and specs


The Arteon SE starts at $36,995 MSRP, features standard front-wheel drive, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; LED headlights, Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), and taillights; five-door KESSY keyless access; rain-sensing wipers; auto-dimming rearview mirror; leather-wrapped touch multifunction steering wheel; chrome window switches; stainless steel door sills and pedal caps; 12-way power heated front seats; leatherette seating surfaces; heated front seats; Climatronic Touch three-zone automatic climate control; Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and Discover Media infotainment system with navigation; wireless App-Connect and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices; two USB-C ports; Car-Net with Wi-Fi capability; SiriusXM with 360L; and a rearview camera. Standard driver assistance features include Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert.

SEL R-Line

Building off the SE trim, the Arteon SEL R-Line starts at $41,595 for the Front-wheel-drive and $43,395 for the 4Motion. Standard features include 19-inch wheels; illuminated light bar in front grille; LED headlights with an Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and dynamic cornering lights; a panoramic sunroof; power-folding side mirrors; remote start; wireless charging for compatible devices; driver’s seat and side mirror memory; translucent décor with multi-color ambient lighting; leather seating surfaces; R-Line design elements, including front bumper C-signature and rear lid spoiler in gloss black, black headliner, paddle shifters, contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob, and R-Line badging. Standard driver assistance features include ACC with Stop and Go, Lane Assist, Travel Assist, Emergency Assist, Dynamic Road Sign Display, front and rear Park Distance Control, and Light Assist.

SEL Premium R-Line

Top-of-the-range SEL Premium R-Line models come standard with 4Motion all-wheel drive, and prices start at $46,995. Adding to the SEL R-Line models, standard features include 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Harman Kardon premium audio system. Couple that with a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters; massaging driver’s seat; ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; rear-seat climate controls and USB-C port (charge only); and power trunk with Easy Open & Close. Standard driver assistance features include Park Assist and Area View.

The 2021 VW Arteon is on sale at car dealerships now. The destination fee on all models is $1,195.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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