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2019 Volkswagen Arteon Interior Review


Interior: 7.4

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has an elegant cabin design with some nice materials, though it’s not as upscale as some rivals. It receives mixed reviews in some areas. Critics find that the number of digital and physical buttons surrounding the infotainment system create a crowded look, and some also complain that rear-seat headroom is be tight. However, others praise the spaciousness of the seats and the straightforwardness of the infotainment system.

  • Following the lead of the stunning exterior, the interior is crisply designed and features lots of horizontal lines to emphasize space and width; overall, it’s a handsome but not particularly distinctive cabin." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Interior design and appointments follow a dignified strategy, offering quality fit, feel, and finish without straying into opulence." -- Car and Driver
  • Let's be clear: This is no bargain Audi. Materials inside the $36,840-$47,705 Arteon are hit or miss, from the center console's hard plastic to the unacceptably cheap 'is this a Jetta?' feel of the HVAC knobs. Then again, the Nappa leather feels great, the side of the center stack is squishy where your knee will rest at red lights, and the truth is that most sub-$50,000 luxury-branded four-doors will hide cheap materials in their cabins somewhere." -- Motor Trend


This Volkswagen seats up to five people. Synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats come standard. Upgrades include genuine leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a massaging driver’s seat, heated rear outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Legroom in both rows is generous, and the other four seats are comfortable. Some critics note there is ample headroom in both rows, while others find rear-seat headroom to be tight.

Volkswagen has not released any LATCH information as of this writing.

  • "VW managed to carve out plenty of interior room from the rakish profile, leaving enough front-seat space for a pair of cornfed six-foot-plus Midwesterners to ride in comfort without suffering the indignity of physical contact. Rear seating is similarly accommodating; the same individuals found more legroom there than in the Passat." -- Car and Driver
  • "Also noteworthy is the spaciousness of the rear quarters: seated in the back, my 5'11" frame had a surprising amount of space ahead and above me …" -- Autoblog
  • "Audi intenders who see the Arteon as an alternative to the A4 sedan or A5 Sportback hatch will delight in the VW's spacious back seat. It's way better back there than those Audis as long as you watch your head on the way in and bring a 12V-to-USB converter, as there are no rear USB outlets. There is a fifth seat (unlike the four-seat CC before VW added a fifth seat belt), but the sizable drivetrain hump limits its functionality." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

The base Arteon features an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mirror Link, HD Radio, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and tri-zone automatic climate control. You’ll also get safety features such as pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and a rearview camera.

A 12-speaker Dynamo stereo, a navigation system, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, and remote start are available. There are also several optional safety features, such as a surround-view parking camera, lane keep assist, parallel and perpendicular park assist, rear and front parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

The Digital Cockpit is a 12.3-inch screen that replaces the traditional instrument panel. It's highly customizable and offers five display profiles, this state-of-the-art interface reduces the need to look away from the road while driving. The infotainment touch screen also functions smoothly, with quick response times and intuitive menu layouts. Some critics note there are too many touch-sensitive buttons around the screen, as well as an overabundance of blank switches.

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  • "We found the 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system to be a model of clarity. It responds quickly and allows the driver to perform many functions easily, such as manual radio tuning. It’s also simple to switch between Android Auto or Apple CarPlay (both come standard) and the native infotainment screen." -- Consumer Reports
  • "And if you notice a ton of blank buttons around the center stack and console, don't worry – even loaded models have that problem. It's frustrating to know that even on a $47,000 Arteon, more than half the buttons around the gear stalk are still blanks, to say nothing about the blank button behind the electric parking brake." -- Motor Trend
  • "The interior isn’t perfect – the only charging option in the backseat is a 12-volt outlet, but otherwise there are no USB ports or wireless charging mats to help out with that. I was disappointed to see touch-sensitive buttons flanking the multimedia screen, and Volkswagen’s digital display doesn’t offer the same Google Earth satellite navigation view or the same level of customization as the Audi system." --


With its liftback design, the Arteon has 27.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 55 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down. Those are fantastic totals for the class.

  • "The Arteon also pummels the Audi in terms of cargo space. The Volkswagen offers a very useful 27.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and because it's a hatch, the Arteon offers lots of flexibility within those cubic feet." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Arteon’s hatchback configuration endows it with plenty of luggage space, especially when the rear seats are folded down." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The liftback design opens up a larger aperture for loading cargo and, more importantly, at 22.7 cubic feet, boasts nearly double the cargo space of the old CC's trunk." -- CNET
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