The Volkswagen Arteon is a practical, sporty, and well-appointed hatchback with a coupelike exterior profile.
Our testers praised its prompt acceleration, confidence in corners, and pleasant--but firm--ride, even on rough roads.
Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
Though the car is quiet otherwise, engine noise is noticeable at low speeds and under acceleration.
Inside, the Arteon gets comfortable front seats and well-finished, user-friendly controls.
A responsive touch screen sits at the center of the dash, and climate and audio systems are controlled with physical buttons and knobs.
A low roofline makes the car a bit of a challenge to get in and out.
But underneath the heavy hatchback, there's a huge cargo area with lots of space and a low loading floor.