The Arteon may look low, sleek and sporty, but it does a very good impression of a family car. In fact, it’ll only seem small if you try to get three people across the back seat
The Arteon has a decent amount of room in the front and back seats.
Both the driver’s seat and steering wheel have a wide range of adjustment so you should be able to get comfortable whether you’re tall or small. You also get plenty of handy features as standard such as heated front seats that move electrically and electrically operated lumbar adjustment, meaning even long journeys pass by without you having to suffer aches and pains.
The same applies to your passengers in the back seat. It has loads of kneeroom – more than you’ll get in an Audi A5 Sportback – and a decent amount of headroom, although tall passengers sitting bolt upright will brush their hair on the roof.
For an extra £335 you can have heating for the outer rear seats, separate air-conditioning controls and couple of extra USB sockets so your rear-seat passengers can charge their phones – it’s an option that’s worth going for if you often carry four people.
It’s only when you try to get three people in the back that space becomes a bit of an issue because the middle seat is narrow and there’s a shortage of elbowroom. Footroom is okay despite the hump in the floor because the middle passengers can share their companions’ footwells.
Getting a baby seat into the back of the Arteon is helped by its large rear doors and the sheer amount of space there is behind the front seats. The Arteon’s sporty roofline means you’ll have to duck a little lower than you do in a Passat saloon, but the clearly marked Isofix points make it easy to slot the seat base in and the chair itself clicks easily on top.
The Arteon has a decent amount of interior storage with a glovebox that is big enough for a large bottle of water and four door bins that can hold a litre bottle each with space left over. Up front, you also get a couple of cupholders, a smaller storage area under the front centre armrest with a USB plug to charge your smartphone, and a tray behind the gearstick, although it isn’t big enough for your phone. Meanwhile, back seat passengers get a couple of cup holders in the rear centre armrest.
Unexpected pleasures are always the best ones, and I was properly surprised at just how much space there is inside the Arteon
The Arteon’s flowing looks haven’t come at the expense of a big boot. In fact, its 563-litre capacity is about the same size as you get in the more sensible Volkswagen Passat, and much bigger than the boot in the 480-litre Audi A5 Sportback.
You also get handy boot features such as flip-down hooks for your shopping and tether points for safely securing bulky luggage.
You won’t even feel like you’ve got a raw deal when it comes to loading. The Arteon has a boot lip you’ll need to lift heavy luggage over, but the massive opening left by the large boot lid makes up for this.
The VW has no trouble carrying everyday items such as a baby buggy or a set of golf clubs – in fact you can fit four suitcases and a couple of soft bags without having to bother removing the parcel shelf.
The Arteon’s back seats split 60:40 so you can carry up to two rear-seat passengers and have some longer luggage poking in from the boot.
With the rear seats folded down you get a 1,557-litre load bay, which is big enough to swallow a bike with both its wheels attached and should be up to the job of carrying a decent amount of flatpack furniture, too.