2021 Volkswagen Arteon

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Volkswagen Arteon highlights

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  • Distinctive, eye-catching hatchback styling
  • The large trunk offers plenty of cargo space
  • Roomy and feature-rich cabin


  • Transmission is sluggish on downshifts
  • The engine could be more frugal
  • The ride can be bumpy on very rough roads

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 31 highway, 24 combined

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All Volkswagen Arteon years

What is new for the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon?

  • The SEL trim has been discontinued for 2021.
  • Arteon trims have been upgraded with Automated Parking and Dynaudio as standard equipment this year.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon trims

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SEL R-Line:

SEL Premium R-Line:

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon

1. Unique and eye-catching styling 

Since it debuted in 2019, the Volkswagen Arteon has featured eye-catching and dramatic styling that sets it apart from other full-size sedans. With its swooping lines and hatchback-style body shape, it's guaranteed to attract second looks from passers-by as you drive past. This curb appeal is only enhanced with an exterior styling refresh for the 2021 model year, with a redesigned front grille and headlight clusters making them even more distinctive. Combine this with one of the seven available exterior colors, and you have a sleek and effortlessly stylish sedan. 

2. Spacious and comfortable cabin 

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon certainly delivers on the promise of space with a roomy and comfortable interior. There's seating for up to five people with 41.2 inches of front seat legroom and 40.2 inches of rear seat legroom — giving everyone plenty of space to relax. With comfort features like tri-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, and heated front seats all included as standard, your passengers will enjoy every mile of the journey in style.  

3. Plenty of cargo space in the trunk 

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon backs up its cavernous interior with an equally roomy trunk — the unique swooping roofline proving functional as well as stylish. The hatchback-style body allows for increased trunk space, providing a total of 27.2 cu-ft of cargo volume. That should be more than enough for your groceries and daily items, but should you need more storage space, the rear seats can be folded flat to increase the cargo volume to 55 cu-ft. For additional convenience, the SEL Premium R-Line trim offers a power cargo hatch with hands-free capability for ease of loading.  

4. Generous feature list offers plenty as standard 

Want maximum luxury from your luxury sedan? The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon has you covered, with three distinct trim levels available and a stacked feature list across the entire range. Even the base SE trim is well-equipped, with features like an eight-inch touchscreen, the aforementioned tri-zone climate control, and an available Wi-Fi hotspot all included as standard.

The SEL R-Line trim adds more comfort with a panoramic sunroof, leather seating, and ambient interior lighting. The SEL Premium R-Line trim lives up to its name with luxury equipment like a massaging driver's seat, rear-seat climate control, and a premium sound system. 

5. Full suite of driver convenience features 

As part of the extensive feature list, the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon has a full selection of driver convenience technologies on offer to provide maximum peace of mind out on the road. Standard SE models all come with forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, while the SEL R-Line trim also includes lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Meanwhile, the top-level SEL Premium R-Line trim includes an automated parking system with a 360-degree parking camera, which makes parking in tight or awkward spaces an absolute breeze.

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Volkswagen Arteon features and specs

SEL R-Line 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 41.2"/R 40.2"

Head room

F 37.7"/R 37"

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