Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport - Craig Duff

ARTEON comes from the Latin for art and that’s how the maker wants you to re­gard its at­tempt at cre­at­ing a four­door coupe that doesn’t look gener­i­cally VW.

The me­chan­i­cals and in­te­rior are de­rived from the more con­ser­va­tive Pas­sat sedan and wagon but it is the out­side that will grab the at­ten­tion of buy­ers and on­look­ers.

If sales are any in­di­ca­tion, this ap­proach seems to work; the Arteon has out­sold the Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia and BMW 4 Se­ries Gran Coupe to date this year.

From $71,750 to $76,884 on the road, the Arteon pushes into pre­mium ter­ri­tory but the qual­ity of the build and the ma­te­ri­als – nappa leather up­hol­stery – is stan­dard.

The dig­i­tal driver’s dis­play from the Audi parts shelf is among the best in the busi­ness and the only thing that doesn’t re­flect the price is the re­peater-style head-up dis­play, pro­ject­ing in­for­ma­tion on to a plaque in front of the steer­ing wheel rather than on the wind­screen.

The 2.0-litre turbo (206kW/350Nm) is lifted from the Golf R, along with a sev­en­speed dual-clutch au­to­matic and all-wheel drive.

It takes 5.6 sec­onds to hit 100km/h from rest; brisk but not fast in today’s sporty cars.

What im­presses is just how ac­ces­si­ble the ac­cel­er­a­tion is from any speed.

The Arteon’s big­gest strength comes from the range of ad­just­ment in the adap­tive dampers. In com­fort mode they’ll en­sure a smooth ride over ev­ery­thing short of a speed hump. Go hard in sport mode and they’ll tie the 1658kg car down with con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing con­vic­tion.

Some four-door coupes are too style-driven for their own good. The Arteon isn’t one of them.

There’s great legroom fore and aft and the boot takes a whop­ping 563L. VW even fits a full-size spare.

The Arteon packs soft­ware and ev­ery sen­sor in the ar­se­nal. Au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing op­er­ates up to 250km/h. There’s the usual lane as­sist, where the car in­ter­venes to stop it drift­ing out of its lane, plus mild semi-au­tonomous driv­ing around free­way bends.

Sur­round view re­vers­ing cam­era, blind spot warn­ing, rear cross-traf­fic alert and self­park­ing com­plete the pack­age.

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