First Impression of the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon


In the segment of the latest sportback models, the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon has secured a prominent place for itself. Volkswagen has announced its 2022 model year edition of Arteon series as a complete carryover model of its predecessor. Therefore, we cannot expect any significant changes to take place this year. Nevertheless, when a new model year edition of a car releases, there must be something new to honor its arrival.

At the Buttonwillow Volkswagen dealer floor, we asked the staff members, if there is anything new we can expect in the Arteon series this year. In response, they gave us the following facts and figures.

Features for the Year 2022

For the year 2022, the Volkswagen Arteon model series of Sportback models is expected to continue with the same three trim names, the SE, SE R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line. As a luxury vehicle, the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon offers high value of money to its users. According to the renowned auto critics, this VW model is way ahead of the competition, since it offers greater number of advanced features in its lower trims, not many of its rivals could afford.

Performance Tweaks

Under the hood, all the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon continues to carry the same 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 engine that was present in the last year model. The said engine is capable of generating 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque when connected to the 8-speed automatic transmission, which is a common phenomenon in the models that belong to this segment.

The 2022 Volkswagen Arteon sets FWD system as standard on its base model, unlike an RWD drivetrain we see in its rival models, as standard. However, Volkswagen does offer an AWD system to all the trims as an optional upgrade. With these powertrain tweaks, the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon takes 6.0 seconds to pick up a speed of 60 mph from a dead stop, while within 14.5 seconds it can cross a quarter-mile, when driven at its top speed.

Interior Luxuries

As a luxury segment model, the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon has to swim across the tough competition where more and more models are adding up to the list, dividing the crowd of buyers, with all their might. However, there is a reason why the brand name Volkswagen is often seen leading its class, especially when it comes to offering interior luxuries. In its flagship model Arteon, Volkswagen has implemented high-end engineering skills that enter the interior in the guise of convenience features and luxury elements. Right from the layout to the arrangement of seats, the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon ticks on all the right boxes, to create a strong first impression, which does its eye-grabbing exterior styling cues already make.

However, the first impression that the 2022 Volkswagen Arteon could create in our mind, during the test drive session at the Buttonwillow VW dealer, was not only because of its visual appeal. Its performance and engaging drive moments prompted us to drive it home.