SpareXHub will be organizing a two-week long sale, with discounts up to 85% on genuine BMW, MINI and Volkswagen car spare parts. The sale will take place at Aramex PJ, No 12, Jalan Tandang, Seksyen 51, 46050.
Sale commences on 1st September – 14th September 2021, from 10.00am to 6.00pm on weekdays and 10am to 1pm on Saturday. Sign up here and the SpareXHub Xperts will be in touch with you. This is an offer not to be missed!
Cheaper than aftermarket options
SpareXHub wants you to be able to purchase original car spare parts at prices that are even cheaper than the aftermarket options, with added discounts of up to 85% with their special clearance sale.
You will have access to over 2500 BMW and MINI spare parts and 500 VOLKSWAGEN parts, from service items such as filters and sensors to body parts such as bumpers, there is something for everyone. They also have interesting genuine accessories that is sure to excite you!
SpareXHub brand experts will also be on hand to ensure you purchase the right parts for your car and provide you with the necessary knowledge, information and guidance.
By appointment only
All customer visits are strictly by appointment only. A registration form has been prepared to ensure that the organizers are ready for your arrival and to ensure that all Covid-19 regulations are strictly adhered to.
The Volkswagen ID.5 GTX is all-set to be unveiled next month as a disguised concept at the IAA Munich Motor Show.
The first SUV coupé based on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB), is also the first all-electric SUV coupé from the brand.
In the high front, the IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, which generate an intelligently controlled high beam, give the front of the car a likeable look.
The light strip that tapers towards the Volkswagen logo has been combined with three illuminated honeycomb elements on both the driver and passenger side.
They complement the signature of the low beam and convey the athletic character even while stationary.
The flat sloping A pillars positioned right near the front give the roof line an elegant flow – it stretches low over the body and tapers out in an integrated rear spoiler.
At the rear, horizontal lines accentuate the width, with the light strip attracting the most attention. The LED rear lights with a 3D design complete the feeling of luxury.
According to Volkswagen, the GTX abbreviation continues the tradition of the successful GTI, GTD and GTE models and transfers it to the world of electric mobility.
There is an electric motor on both the front and rear axle of the ID.5 GTX – the dual motor four-wheel drive guarantees strong driving performance, superior traction and sporty handling. The large lithium-ion battery between the axles enables a projected range of up to 497 km.
Expected to arrive at selected markets around the world in 2022, the ID.5 GTX will be the second model from the sporty GTX product brand.
Interior and other technical details are yet to be revaled for now, but we should have a clearer picture upon its preview at the IAA Munich Motor Show next month.
Volkswagen aims to become the most popular brand when it comes to sustainable mobility. The goal is to increase the share of all-electric cars in Europe to 70 percent of Volkswagen‘s unit sales by 2030. Volkswagen is aiming to become net carbon neutral by 2050.
Volkswagen is currently present in more than 150 markets worldwide and produces vehicles at more than 30 locations in 13 countries.
The brand delivered around 5.3 million vehicles in 2020. These include bestsellers such as the Golf, Tiguan, Jetta or Passat as well as the fully electric successful models ID.3 and ID.4.
With its ACCELERATE strategy, Volkswagen is consistently advancing its further development into a software-oriented mobility provider.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) today launched the new Arteon R-Line 4Motion to the public via an online launch. Unfortunately, no proper images were shared during the launch for us to share with you.
Priced at RM247,670 on the road without insurance, the new Arteon, which is Volkswagen’s flagship model in Malaysia and also the first model to feature the brand’s new logo here, comes with many enhancements on the exterior, interior, and also as far as the powertrain is concerned.
280 PS, 350 Nm, AWD
Under the hood lies a new 2.0L TSI turbocharged engine that produces 280PS and 350Nm of torque. Paired with a 7-speed wet clutch DSG direct shift gearbox, the Arteon R-Line can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.
Also available is the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system which was not available in the Arteon in Malaysia before, and the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with up to 15 selectable increments and five different driving modes – Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual.
On the exterior, the new Arteon comes with redesigned bumpers, new air intakes, and tweaked headlights that are equipped with Dynamic Cornering Lights.
While the LED 3D rear taillights come with sequential turn signals, the Arteon also comes with All Weather Light for wider illumination to enhance visibility during bad weather and poor lighting.
Inside, we have new sports leather seats with the new R emblem embossed on the headrest, a new flat-bottom ‘R’ steering wheel, a redesigned dashboard with lesser buttons, and more touch-sensitive controls for the air-conditioning and whatnot.
Behind the steering wheel, the high-resolution 11.7” Digital Cockpit displays key information where it is needed.
Drivers have access to driving data with six optional screen views and over 30 combination options, including 2D and 3D navigation and a full 100% map view.
New Harman Kardon audio system
The audio system is also new, as the Dynaudio system has been replaced by a 700w 12-speaker Harman-Kardon premium audio system with a subwoofer and four different profiles for owners to choose from.
Adding to the whole package is ambient lighting, with a selection of 30 colours with adjustable intensity to choose from, and a 563-litre boot that can be opened hands-free.
Tweaked infotainment system
All of the driver features mentioned above are customisable and easily accessible via the 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system which comes with voice and gesture control.
The system supports wireless App-Connect to Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The touchscreen also features configurable split screen views.
Featuring semi-automated driving as an option for the first time, the new Polo GTI retains the same 2.0-litre TSI unit as before, producing 204 hp and 320 Nm of torque.
Paired with a standard 7-speed DSG gearbox, the new Polo GTI is capable of doing the century sprint in 6.5 seconds. The car also comes with a sports chassis, tailored specially to the car, as standard. It lowers the chassis by 15 millimetres versus the regular Polo.
The main highlight of the car is the availability of IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist, used for the first time in a Polo GTI, which enables semi-automated driving.
The system can take over the steering, braking and accelerating of the new Polo GTI from 0 km/h to the control limit of Travel Assist (210 km/h).
New steering wheel to control Travel Assist
The driver can activate the system via the Travel Assist button in the redesigned, multifunctional, leather sports steering wheel.
However, the driver’s hands must remain on the steering wheel whilst using this system, meaning the driver is always responsible for the car.
Many new infotainment systems (the latest generation of MIB3.1), which are connected to various services online, ensure state-of-the-art connectivity in the new Polo GTI.
New infotainment features
Features like natural voice control, access to streaming services and a cloud-based personalisation using “Volkswagen ID” enhance the latest MIB3.1 system, depending on the equipment line.
The integration of such apps as App-Connect Wireless for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now wireless.
The Digital Cockpit Pro impresses with a higher pixel density, an improved contrast ratio and intense colours, as well as it sheer size – the screen measures 10.25 inches or 26 centimetres diagonally.
The new Polo GTI also comes with the new IQ.Light – LED matrix. The most striking visual change to the rear of the new Polo GTI is the newly-designed LED rear lights with animated brake light and integrated dynamic indicators, which indicate a change in direction with flowing light movements.
The new, GTI-specific bumper gives the compact sports car an even more commanding and broader visual presence on the roads.
The Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), which is integrated in the side of the bumper and controlled via the main headlights, has been redesigned and now gives an even more concise lighting effect.
The car comes with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, but it can also be ordered with optional 18-inch alloys.
On the interior, black, red, grey and chrome are the dominant colours. The roof pillars and roof liner are always retained in the Titanium Black trim colour, which is typical of the GTI.
Red contrast stitching is also always a typical characteristic of a GTI. It adorns the multifunctional, leather sports steering wheel, which comes as standard, the gear lever trim and the seat surfaces.
The optional beats sound system, with 300 watts and six speakers, make for a captivating accoustic experience. The amplifier is located under the floor in the variable cargo area to save space. The luggage capacity of the new Polo GTI is 351 litres.
After a series of teasers on its social media platforms over the past week or so, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM), the sole distributor of Volkswagen vehicles in Malaysia, is now accepting pre-bookings for the new Arteon R-Line 4MOTION.
Locally assembled at Pekan, Pahang, the new Arteon is expected to be priced between RM245,000 and RM255,000 when it launches.
First model with new logo
Introduced to the Malaysian market last year, the Arteon is the first model to carry the new Volkswagen and R logos in Malaysia.
On the exterior, the redesigned front grille and bumper are more prominent and compliments its full LED headlights. At the rear, new LED 3D lights with sequential indicators adds character to the Arteon’s sloping fastback design.
280 PS, 350 Nm
Power on the other hand, comes courtesy of a 2.0L TSI turbocharged engine that is paired with a 7-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG).
Together, they produce 280 PS and 350 Nm of torque between 5,100 to 6,500rpm, all transferred via a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. 5.6 seconds is how long it it will take for the Arteon to do the century sprint.
Inside, highlights include a new steering wheel with haptic touch controls, ErgoComfort sports seats in Nappa Carbon leather featuring the new R logo, and a premium Harman Kardon 700-watt 12-speaker audio system.
The 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment comes with voice and gesture control, and now supports both wireless App-Connect for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
For the driver, a high-resolution Digital Cockpit offers convenience and customisation at the touch of the fingertips. Safety is a key feature, and the driver assistance system in the new Arteon includes Lane Assist, Side Assist, and Driver Alert.
The new Arteon R-Line 4MOTION is available in five colours – metallic options are Lapiz Blue, Manganese Grey, Pyrite Silver, while pearl effect colours are Deep Black and Oryx White.
Bookings can be made at the Volkswagen eShowroom. For additional information, visit the Arteon R-Line 4MOTION page here.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed the all-new Multivan, featuring a fresh design, more flexible interior, improved connectivity, and, for the first time, a plug-in hybrid option.
No longer built on the Transporter platform, the all-new model will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform.
Tribute to the Transporter T3
The Multivan has an all-new exterior design that pays homage to the DNA of its predecessors, dating back to the 1985 Transporter T3, with a horizontal design line and full-width grille and headlights, to give it a modern and dynamic look.
The Multivan measures 1,941mm wide, 4,973mm long, up to 1,903mm high, and with a wheelbase of 3,124mm. A longer version, measuring 5,173mm is also available.
Overall, it means the new generation has a longer wheelbase and wider, lower profile, all designed to improve aerodynamics, lower fuel consumption and increase range. The model is available with wheels up to 19”, and in three specifications: “Multivan”, “Life”, and “Style”.
Optional is a panoramic glass roof, with LowE laminated safety glass to reduce incoming thermal radiation by 44 per cent, as well as an electrically-operated rear hatch and power sliding doors, which can be operated via gesture control for ease of entry.
IQ.LIGHT – LED Matrix headlights
The Multivan is fitted with LED headlights as standard but can be upgraded to interactive IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights, which offer a permanent full beam, without blinding oncoming drivers and dynamic cornering to provide precise illumination during bends. The IQ.LIGHT system also features an illuminated LED lateral bar in the radiator grille as a further element of the daytime running lights.
With space for up to seven seats, the rear five seats, which are up to 25 per cent lighter, can be moved and removed to suit, while the second row can be moved 180-degrees to create a conference style seating configuration.
The full-width bench seat for the third row has been replaced by individual seats to allow single seats to be removed for complete flexibility. An innovative multi-function table has also been designed for the new Multivan.
In base version the Multivan offers 469 litres of luggage space behind the third row of seats, extending to 1,844 litres (1,850 litres with panoramic glass roof) behind the second row.
The full cargo capacity up to the front seats is 3,672, extending to a maximum 4,053 litres in the longer version fitted with the panoramic glass roof.
One line of sight
All key features in the new Multivan are now on one line of sight, with a secondary line for other functions to make operation as intuitive as possible.
On the central line are the 10.25-inch ‘Digital Cockpit’ display and the 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. Centrally arranged between the two on a high-gloss black surface are the new, minimalist shift-by-wire DSG controls.
Integrated next to this are two USB-C sockets as standard, and a tray for optional inductive smartphone charging. For the first time on a Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles model, a head-up display is available.
All infotainment systems can be combined with a Harmon Kardon sound system developed specifically for the Multivan.
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the new Multivan, which has a towing capacity of up to 2,000kg, is available with three powertrains, including for the first time in a Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles model, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option.
218 PS combined output
The new Multivan eHybrid combines a 1.4 TSI 150 PS engine with an 85kW electric motor to produce a combined power output of 218 PS, providing silent, zero-emission driving when in electric only mode for short, urban trips while giving customers flexibility to enjoy longer journeys. The eHybrid uses a bespoke six-speed DSG gearbox.
The 13kWh lithium-ion battery is housed under the Multivan’s flat floor, saving interior space and lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity to improve handling. The charging point is located on the right-hand side of the front wing.
The front-wheel drive Multivan is also available with two four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines: a 1.5 TSI 136 PS and a 2.0 TSI 204 PS. A four-cylinder turbo diesel, with a power output of 150 PS, will join next year. All of these are twinned with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as standard.
To be more specific, the all-new Polo will be able to steer, brake and accelerate automatically on request thanks to the optional IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist.
First time in a Polo
These technologies have up to now only been available in larger models such as the Golf, Tiguan, Passat, Arteon and Touareg. As a first in its class, the Polo now also permits partly automated driving across the entire speed range.
According to Volkswagen, the IQ.Drive Travel Assist feature is extremely easy to use, using nothing more than a button on the steering wheel. This is due to the fact that the system is based on the fusion of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and adaptive lane guidance, combining for lateral and longitudinal guidance.
How does it work?
How it works is that the ACC ensures that the Polo automatically maintains the permitted speed currently selected by the driver. Thanks to camera-based Dynamic Road Sign Display, the Polo “knows” how fast it is allowed to drive.
Using radar sensor technology, it also detects if a slower vehicle appears in front of it. It then brakes the Polo, and therefore always keeps the correct, safe following distance.
In other words, the Polo brakes, accelerates and steers automatically within the system limits. However, the driver must keep their hands on the steering wheel, as they are always responsible for judging the traffic situation and controlling vehicle behaviour. The driver signals this preparedness via the capacitive surfaces of the steering wheel rim, which respond to touch.
With the manual 5- and 6-speed gearboxes, IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist can be used from a speed of 30 km/h to the maximum speed (210 km/h). If the Polo is fitted with a 7-gear dual clutch gearbox (DSG), the assist system is already available from a speed of 0 km/h.
With IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist and DSG it is therefore possible to drive with assistance and thus more comfortably in stop-and-go traffic jam situations. Those who prefer active driving can simply ignore the button for activation of IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist.
Adaptive Cruise Control is key
However, partly automated assist systems relieve the strain on drivers, especially on long journeys. And that’s what it’s all about: more comfort. IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist and ACC are available for the Polo as components of the optional IQ.DRIVE package. Lane Assist is already included in the generally standard assist systems for the new Polo.
Internationally, driving automation is classified into six levels, from Level 0 to Level 5. In Level 0, there is no support from intervening assist systems. In Level 1, the vehicle assists either lateral or longitudinal guidance and the driver is responsible for the other part.
However, IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist meets the requirements of Level 2 partly automated driving by taking over both lateral and longitudinal guidance at the same time.
What is Level 2?
Taking into account the legal situation and with respect to safety, Level 2 is considered the current status quo. For safety reasons, the driver must still continuously monitor the system. Only when this is no longer necessary does the highly automated Level 3 kick in – the next big leap.
In Level 3, the driver must nevertheless be potentially prepared to take the wheel again on request. In fully-automated Level 4, the driver hands over the responsibility completely to the vehicle in specific cases – such as on the motorway. If the vehicle generally travels without a driver from the start to the destination, this is regarded as Level 5; the hardware and software for this could be available in the next decade.
After the major visual and technological update of the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace is now next in line – with a sharper look, digital cockpit, as well as new technologies and features.
Its virtues as a spacious SUV remain unchanged with a five/seven seater configuration, and a boot space that stands between 760 to 1,920 litres with 5 seats up, and between 700 and 1,755 litres with 7 seats.
The seats in the third row can be folded like the rear bench seat and backrest in the second row. They can be dropped to fit flush into the luggage compartment floor thus creating an even loading area.
5 engine options
In terms of powertrain options, there are three TSIs and two TDIs engines available. Upon request or depending on the equipment, a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive system can be had.
Due to its redesigned front, the Tiguan Allspace has now grown by 22 mm to a length of 4,723 mm, while interior measurements remain unchanged.
IQ.Light LED Matrix headlights
For the first time, the Tiguan Allspace can now be ordered with IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, and complementing the system are other new features like the “sweeping” indicator function of the LED turn signals, the redesigned Volkswagen logo, an the illuminated strip in the radiator grille.
According to Volkswagen, the Tiguan Allspace will be available in three trim levels – Life, Elegance, and R-Line.
Firstly, we have the Tiguan Allspace Elegance which features numerous chrome-plated elements in the interior and on the exterior, as well as 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Tiguan Allspace R-Line
Meanwhile, those who want something sportier can order the Tiguan Allspace in the R-Line version. A multifunction leather sports steering wheel with touch operation and R-Line logo, decorative trims in Carbon Grey, Digital Cockpit Pro and 19- or 20-inch wheels are just some of the distinctive features.
When it comes to comfort, the front seats can be ordered in the ergoActive version with electric 4-way lumbar support adjustment and massage function.
New digitalised air-cond control
All air conditioning, heating and ventilation functions of the standard three-zone automatic air conditioner are operated via a new digitalised module in the centre console.
Touch panels and sliders take the place of rotary knobs and buttons. The driver can now also choose to receive information via the full-colour head-up display. It projects driving-related information such as speed, directions and warnings in the driver’s field of vision.
Partly automated driving
Partly automated driving is also available thanks to the IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist that is used for the first time in the Tiguan Allspace.
Depending on the gearbox type, the system can take over steering, braking and acceleration at speeds starting from 0 km/h (with dual clutch gearbox) or 30 km/h (manual gearbox) up to 210 km/h.
To do this, Travel Assist relies on familiar systems including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) for longitudinal guidance, and Lane Assist (fitted as standard) for lateral guidance.
For smart connectivity, the Tiguan Allspace boasts a number of new infotainment systems (new-generation MIB3) that are linked up to a wide range of online services.
Depending on the equipment level, the range of MIB3 systems is supplemented with features such as natural voice control, access to streaming services and cloud-based personalisation via Volkswagen ID. Additionally, apps can now be integrated wirelessly via App-Connect Wireless for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The optional premium sound system that Volkswagen has developed together with Harman Kardon ensures fascinating acoustic experiences. A subwoofer, a digital 16-channel amplifier, 8 plus 1 high-performance loudspeakers and an amplifier with a 480-watt total output provide crystal clear treble and deep, rich bass sounds.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has launched its Raya-Raya Campaign, in time for the Aidilfitri festivities. The celebrations are extended to new updates to the Tiguan Allspace Highline, Aftersales Raya Campaign and Volkswagen Insurance Plan (VIP).
Volkswagen Raya-Raya Campaign
From now until 31st May, Volkswagen customers will enjoy a RM1,000 duit raya rebate off selected models. The Passat Elegance comes with free 1-year insurance while the Passat R-Line comes with 1-year free petrol. Both Passat variants come with additional RM3,500 online savings when customers book via the Volkswagen eShowroom.
Tiguan Allspace Highline
The 2021 Tiguan Allspace Highline is now offered with new 18” Nizza alloy wheels, USB-C charging sockets, a new radio update with voice control and new LED taillights with 3D effect.
The Allspace Highline combines a 1.4TSI turbocharged direct injection engine with a 6-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG) to give an impressive output of 150PS and a torque of 250Nm. This SUV also provides fuel consumption reading of approximately 7.3l/100km.
Customers of the Tiguan Allspace Highline will also enjoy a RM1,000 duit raya rebate along with RM3,500 online savings.
Tiguan Allspace R-Line
The 2021 Tiguan Allspace R-Line comes fitted with USB-C data and charging ports, and a radio update that now offers wireless App-Connect for both Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Aftersales Raya Campaign
The Aftersales Raya campaign is ongoing until the 13th of June, and as part of the celebrations, Volkswagen owners who send in their cars for service will enjoy 20% off Volkswagen genuine engine oil.
Those who spend a minimum of RM1,200 will receive a complimentary car care kit* that consists of wax polish, wax shampoo, glass polish, plastic care, and leather care solutions in 50ml bottles. Owners will also receive complimentary Volkswagen Raya packets*.
A new addition to the Aftersales Raya campaign is the promotion on wiper blades where owners will receive 20% discount on all wiper blade, from now till 30th June and is available at service centres nationwide.
New VIP insurance partner
VPCM is pleased to announce a new insurance partner under the Volkswagen Insurance Plan (VIP), AXA Affin General Insurance Berhad. Affin joins existing partners Allianz General Insurance Berhad, Etiqa General Takaful Berhad and Zurich Takaful General Insurance Berhad.
As a privileged VIP policy holder, benefits include prioritised claim approval, roadside assistance with 24-hour emergency towing, and assurance that repair work is conducted at authorised Volkswagen body and paint centres in accordance to Volkswagen repair standards with only genuine parts used. Additionally, there are no excess fees, no betterment costs and an agreed insured value for vehicles up to 10 years old. This is applicable to all Volkswagen models regardless of vehicle age.
Let’s face it – SUVs have taken over the world. Now that we have models ranging from as low as RM59,000 all the way to your Bentley Bentaygas and Rolls-Royce Cullinans, eight out of 10 houses in Malaysia have an SUV parked in them.
In case you’re wondering why, SUVs simply offer more space, practicality, and convenience than similarly priced sedans. So if you look at things from a value-for-money point of view, SUVs are just more worth it.
However, there is one area in which sedans still reign supreme – as a symbol of status. When it comes to making a statement just by arriving, no SUV can come close to what a luxury sedan can do. This is why cars like the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Bentley Flying Spur, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are preferred choices of the rich and powerful.
But what if you don’t have Mercedes-Benz or BMW sedan money? What if your budget is slightly more than RM200,000 and you want to make a statement when you arrive somewhere and look cooler than owners of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or the Mazda6?
Say hello to the Volkswagen Arteon – the brand’s latest flagship sedan in Malaysia which is here to succeed the CC. Although we’re calling it a sedan, the Arteon is actually a five-door coupe with a boot that opens like a hatchback instead of a typical sedan’s.
Priced at RM221,065 on the road without insurance, the Arteon is available only in one trim level in Malaysia – Arteon 2.0 TSI R-Line – which is being assembled in Pekan, Pahang.
Powering the car is the Passat’s 2.0 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 190 PS from 4,180 to 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque between 1,500 to 4,180 rpm. All this is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG wet dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.
The Arteon here, despite still being the model that made its world debut in 2017, is among the best looking cars on the road at the moment. In fact, it is arguably the best looking Volkswagen in the stable as well.
We have a huge striking chrome grille, a very sporty looking bumper, full LED lights all over, 19-inch wheels, frameless windows, a small rear spoiler, as well as twin exhausts that make the car look mighty handsome no matter from which angle you look at it.
Measuring 4,862 mm long and 1,871 mm wide, the Arteon is a huge car which actually looks quite intimidating. Coupled with the stunning design, what we have here is an absolute feast for the eyes.
So, when it comes to arriving in style and making heads turn towards you, the Arteon’s got you covered, 100%.
As funky as it is on the exterior, the Arteon’s cabin, in typical Volkswagen fashion is kept simple yet solid. The design and layout are identical with the Passat, the Tiguan, and basically most other Volkswagens in the lineup with a generous dose of black Nappa leather, a digital instrument panel, and a 9.2-inch touch-screen display taking centre stage.
Since it is an R-Line variant, we have R-Line emblems on the seats, on the scuff plates, on the steering wheel, as well as on the floor mats among other spots.
The list of standard features you get include the latest version of Volkswagen’s Discover Pro infotainment system with GPS, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 11-speaker 700-watt Dynaudio sound system.
And then there are other features like keyless entry, push-start ignition, triple-zone auto climate control, cruise control, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, ambient lighting, and a 563-litre boot.
Where safety is concerned, the Arteon comes with front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and ISOFIX child seat anchors at the rear.
Unfortunately, the car doesn’t have Autonomous Emergency Braking or even Blind Spot Monitoring which is quite a let-down. In fact, even vehicles that cost less than half as much as the Arteon have them nowadays.
As mentioned above, the Arteon here is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine as the Passat which is paired with a 7-speed wet DSG dual clutch transmission that sends 190 PS and 320 Nm of torque exclusively to the front wheels.
Whatever power the engine produced was more than enough, and was delivered with such smoothness at any given time. Thanks to the turbocharger, all 320 Nm of torque was available from as early as 1,500 rpm, which means that the Arteon is ready to go at a press of the accelerator pedal.
Throw in the sporty leather seats, the flat-bottomed steering wheel, and the 19-inch low-profile tyres into the mix, and what we have here is a very sporty car that is essentially a Golf GTI for the family man.
Like a big ballerina
Despite its massive size, the Arteon is very sharp, agile and responsive car that is quite enjoyable and engaging to drive. Regardless of whether you’re in town, on the highway, or along some twisty bits, the Arteon offers great level of composure, instilling confidence in you to push it a tad harder. On top of all of the above, the level of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) is kept impressively low.
Its biggest strength besides its good looks has to be the amount of space it offers inside. The 2,837 mm wheelbase translates into generous amount of legroom both in front and in the rear. Further complementing the spacious cabin is the huge 563-litre boot.
Head space in the rear comes at a premium due to the low-slung roof design. Another setback is that the seats that are positioned quite low, similar to the new Honda Civic just to put things into perspective.
So, if you often travel with your old folks or someone with back issues, the Arteon may not be the ideal car for you as getting in and out of the car can be leceh.
And then we have the lack of two safety features that are pretty common nowadays – Autonomous Emergency Braking as well as Blind Spot Monitoring. Since these systems are available even in cars that cost less than RM50,000 nowadays, it is indeed surprising to see a RM221,000 car lacking them.
So, if you have no issues with the Arteon’s shortcomings, what we have here is quite a well balanced package – a car that is a more affordable yet solid alternative to its pricier German rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series.