VOLK­SWA­GEN’S NEW HERO

Style Magazine - - Promotion - BY GRANT ED­WARDS

This hero doesn’t wear a cape. But the new star of Volk­swa­gen’s range has am­ple su­per at­tributes.

Re­plac­ing the former Pas­sat CC, the Ar­teon 206TSI R-line ar­rives wear­ing dra­matic Gran Turismo lines.

Did you just scoff? The devil is in the beau­ti­ful de­tail. VW is aim­ing high with this stun­ning sa­loon.

Not all good looks are cour­tesy of a swoopy-roofed sil­hou­ette, frame-less glass doors and wide 19-inch wheels, it’s burst­ing with out­stand­ing tech­nol­ogy that has the Ar­teon knock­ing on the door of the Mercedes-benz C-class, BMW 3 Series and even com­pany brethren, the Audi A4.

Only avail­able in one spec­i­fi­ca­tion (there are two op­tions: a sound and style pack­age for $2500 and the $2500 sun­roof), it’s a lengthy list of stan­dard gear. Lux­u­ries like a power tail­gate, soft Nappa leather trim, 9.2-inch in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem you can con­trol with hand ges­tures (no, we’re not jok­ing), au­to­matic park­ing and push but­ton start mean there is lit­tle left on the shelf.

The lat­est safety tech is also there, in­clud­ing radar cruise con­trol.

Colour op­tions in­clude white, along with metal­lic hues sil­ver, grey, yel­low, red, blue or pearl black.

Yet it’s not all show. The 206kw engine packs a fair wal­lop.

Plant your foot and you’ll reach 100km/h in rapid time and with a se­lec­tion of drive modes from sports to com­fort to suit driver moods.

The Ar­teon is for those who want the best, yet aren’t afraid to snub the pres­tige badge.

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