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Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake interior

It all looks classy and feels beautifully built, but touch-sensitive controls irritate.

Style

It’s like Volkswagen has taken the interior from a Passat and given it a nip and a tuck, a spruce up, here and there.

The fabrics all feel nicely soft to the touch, the brushed-metal trims look classy, and the plastics are suitably squishy.

However, Volkswagen has also fitted the Arteon with the same touch-sensitive steering wheel controls as you’ll find in the latest Golf. For some functions you need to press them, for other you swipe them, but frankly they are utterly confusing at the best of times.

Thankfully, the climate controls remain separate from the central touchscreen, but nevertheless they are touch-sensitive “sliders” as opposed to conventional knobs. They might look cool, but they demand far too much of your attention when changing the temperature.

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Infotainment

The infotainment set-up in the Arteon is pretty good, with sharp graphics and instant responses to your touch. The system is easy to work your way around, too.

Better still, it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and both of these work wirelessly and seamlessly. Most of the time you’ll end up using these systems instead of the native VW one, because they’re quick, efficient and do what you need them to.

The central screen is also linked to the digital driver’s display that’s standard on every Arteon. This is bright, clear, and you can configure it just the way you want – albeit with the annoying steering wheel-mounted controls.

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