Is the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon the Best New Car That No One Cares About?

We know that sedans are a dying breed, but Volkswagen is among the brands trying to bring new life into this realm. Not too long ago, VW introduced the Volkswagen Arteon to shake up the small luxury car class. Though, the Arteon hasn’t been all that popular. Does the 2021 version do enough to make you care?

How fast is the Volkswagen Arteon?

A red 2021 Volkswagen Arteon driving down a street
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon in action | Photo via Volkswagen

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 268-hp. As Car and Driver highlights, the Arteon can go from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. An unobtrusive eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and so is front-wheel drive. What’s cool, though, is that you can upgrade with all-wheel drive if you’d like. 

Sideview of a red 2021 Arteon.
Sideview of the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon | Photo via Volkswagen

Critics rave about how the Arteon provides a lush driving experience and that it delivers just the right amount of agility. Despite such positive reviews, the Arteon hasn’t made a significant impression on many buyers yet. According to GoodCarBadCar, Volkswagen sold 2,641 Arteons at this point in 2020. Rivals like the  Mercedes-Benz C-Class are far more popular. Some reviewers have said it’s easier to overlook the Arteon because it’s so sensible.

“With a hatchback body disguised by avant-garde styling, the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon sedan is as pretty as it is practical. Unfortunately, the four-door’s fascinating appearance gets lost in translation when it comes to how it drives. Sure, it has a peppy, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and stimulating steering feedback, but it can’t match the visceral qualities that rival sports sedans such as the BMW 3-Series and Genesis G70 provide.” 

Car and Driver (2020)

Available cabin comforts 

View of the 2021 Arteon's interior through the driver's window.
Peek of the 2021 Arteon’s Interior | Photo via Volkswagen

On the inside, the Arteon gets plenty of points for its practicality. Though, some say it falls short on the luxe furnishings especially compared to its corporate cousin, the Audi A5. The Arteon has plush seats for five and ample head- and legroom. Furthermore, its hatchback design provides you with generous cargo space. 

Base models have synthetic leather upholstery and come with heated front-seats too. More frills are available. You may want to tack on the driver’s seat with a massaging function, Nappa Leather upholstery, and heated second-row. 

Front row of the 2021 Arteon.
Cockpit area of the 2021 Arteon | Photo via Volkswagen

As far as in-car technology goes, the 2021 Arteon continues to please. Standard infotainment features include an intuitive 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and a wifi hotspot. Available upgrades include VW’s Digital Cockpit display and a navigation system. Plenty of safety features are also standard such as blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

Is the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon worth your money?

A Volkswagen Arteon on display at an auto show
Volkswagen Arteon | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

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The 2021 VW Arteon ranges from $36,995 to $46,995. This VW is a worthy choice if your priorities are exceptional comfort and user-friendly tech. The Arteon’s small footprint and considerable interior space also make it more attractive. Sure there are sportier and faster options for you to consider. But the Arteon’s price tag is justifiable when you think about its versatility and the upscale amenities it provides.