As with the Golf R, VW’s 2.0-liter turbo I4 (recognized internally as EA888 Evo 4) produces 300 horsepower at 5,350 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm — positive factors of 32 hp and 37 lb.-ft. over the 2021 Arteon’s engine. The 2022 mannequin will get a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, changing final 12 months’s eight-speed automated, and whereas base Arteons proceed to make use of front-wheel drive, the remainder come customary with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. (Apparently, this 4Motion setup is predicated on the Mk 7 Golf R’s Haldex AWD system, not the brand new Magna one within the Mk eight Golf R.)
Energy supply is nice however not nice. As a result of this 2.0-liter engine depends so closely on turbocharging to ship its thrust, there’s noticeable lag throughout acceleration; the Arteon is not as snappy as, say, a Kia Stinger 2.5T. Nonetheless, the Arteon is barely extra environment friendly than its Korean rival, and I discover it straightforward to see the EPA-estimated 22 mpg metropolis, 30 mpg freeway and 25 mpg mixed in real-world driving.
When the engine is on boil, it gives loads of punch, however the Arteon’s chassis feels much less keen to get down and boogie. That is as a result of the Arteon is primarily tuned for consolation above all, and even with its adaptive dampers of their stiffest setting, this sedan does not really feel particularly composed on canyon roads. The sunshine steering and lengthy wheelbase do not assist right here, both.
However whereas Golf R energy does not instantly carry Golf R sportiness, there’s nonetheless rather a lot to love concerning the Arteon. It is tremendous comfy and would make an excellent day by day driver. Plus, the liftback design means there’s 56.2 cubic toes of house if you happen to fold the rear seats flat — a quantity that bests some compact and midsize SUVs.
Including to that consolation, entrance and rear passengers have 37.7 and 37.Zero inches of headroom, respectively, and legroom is not too unhealthy, both, with 40.2 inches for backseat riders. I am 6 toes, Four inches tall, and there is loads of room for me up entrance. Even the again is not too unhealthy — I am extra comfy right here than I have been in bigger luxurious automobiles.
The Arteon’s inside is comfy however the touchscreen is slightly small.
The Arteon’s inside does not change for 2022, persevering with to make use of a largely button-free structure in favor of haptic contact controls. I do not love these, however other than that, the Arteon’s inside is cleanly designed and properly appointed. My top-of-the-line SEL R-Line Premium tester has perforated Nappa leather-based seats which are heated and ventilated up entrance, however simply heated out again. Different niceties embody a heated steering wheel and enormous panoramic sunroof.
VW’s MIB3 infotainment system is ok, with customary wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however the multimedia display screen itself is slightly low-res, and form of small at eight inches. Fortunately, VW’s Digital Cockpit Professional is customary on each Arteon. Driver-assistance applied sciences like adaptive cruise management with lane-centering, blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, automated high-beam headlights, rain-sensing wipers and parking help are all customary, too, which is great.
Exterior, the 2022 Arteon is not a lot totally different than earlier than, for the reason that 2021 mannequin already acquired an honest overhaul. There is a new Moonstone Grey paint coloration obtainable (just like the one on our long-term Golf GTI), and there is a new design for the bottom 18-inch wheels. Total, the Arteon stays a good-looking automotive that hides its hatchback design nicely.
The liftback design means this sedan is tremendous practical.
A base, front-wheel-drive Arteon SE R-Line begins at $41,945 together with a $1,195 vacation spot payment. The midlevel SEL R-Line goes as much as $46,745 and the top-tier SEL Premium R-Line is available in at $50,745. At these costs, the Arteon is an honest worth in comparison with equally sized luxurious automobiles, however once more, Kia’s Stinger is a way more attention-grabbing driver and likewise gives liftback performance, making it a reasonably robust competitor.
The 2022 Arteon gives plenty of practicality, comfy lodging and a snug experience. Do not focus too exhausting on the extra highly effective engine and you will nonetheless be left with a really good automotive.