Volkswagen is bidding “adieu” to the Arteon. The car itself was for a long time, an oblong hatchback. But the four-door is said to be no more as the car is facing it’s final model year. This is inline with Volkswagen’s very own Accelerate Forward program. In that, of which, the company will refocus efforts to turn into an efficient and profitable company. With respects to the words of Volkswagen CEO, Thomas Schafer, a smaller amount of high-volume vehicles are going to replace low-volume vehicles, like the Arteon.
Since a debut in the United States in 2019, the Arteon hasn’t ever enjoyed huge sales figures in the market. With a usual famine of excitement, the full-size sedan is really on the way out in America. And this is no new news. Sales from VW state that Arteon models have gone from selling 5537 units in 2021 to 1742 units in 2022. This disparaging fact only solidifies the truth that Volkswagen needs to discontinue what may be it’s weakest performing model in their lineup.
Volkswagen has spoken at length about replacing the Arteon.
And maybe that’s for the best. I mean, let’s look at the stats.
On one hand, you have an enthusiastic powertrain that can create about 295 pound-feet of torque with a 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. With plenty of room in the cabin, you couldn’t go wrong.
At the same time, there’s no telling how much the front tires can handle with the turbo engine, as well as a haphazard HVAC set of controls. Additionally, the price tag of about $45,000, can be a little steep, even for the lower trim of the SE R-Line. It’s not quite the most amazing vehicle as it turns out, unless if you’re looking for sleek style in the interior. Which, honestly, doesn’t make the vehicle all that it can be, really. There are other aspects you have to analyze, such as how it almost takes a whole five seconds to reach from zero to 60 miles per hour. Or perhaps, how the only additional features in the interior include emergency assistance and remote vehicle unlocking.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not even crazy about the warranty which is much shorter compared to the competition.
Of course, there is driver-assistance technology, like road-sign recognition, automatic high-beam headlights and even rear parking sensors, but the idea that you won’t crash easy doesn’t save anyone from the likelihood of actually crashing.