Carbon and blue R details. Volkswagen R has also added a number of customised features to the vehicle interior. Features such as Black Carbon inserts, which adorn the top section of the dash panel and door panels, immediately catch the eye. Other interior features created specifically for the new models include the blue stitching on the seats, multifunction sports steering wheel and DSG gear knob, a hallmark feature in any R model. The bottom steering wheel clip is also finished with a blue insert to complement the stitching. The blue R button on the sports steering wheel is also distinctive: with one firm push, drivers can use this button to directly switch to Race mode – the sportiest of all available driving profiles. Giving this button a gentle tap takes the driver to the Infotainment system’s driving profile menu instead. Furthermore, the models come with premium comfort seats as standard. The seats are covered in ArtVelours micro-fleece. A blue R badge is embroidered onto the top section of the front seat backrests. The optional sports seats in Nappa / Nappa Carbon Style are also specially tailored to the Arteon R and Arteon R Shooting Brake – in this case, the head restraints are integrated completely into the backrests, which is why this type of seat is known as an integrated seat. Chic: the top side sections of the backrests come in blue leather. And of course, a blue R badge is also stitched into the top of the backrest in this model. The blue used in the interior is similar to the typical metallic Lapiz Blue paintwork used in Volkswagen R models. The Nappa Carbon Style leather (used on the seat cushion bolsters and head restraints in the interior) picks up the visual line of the inserts in the dash panels and door trims.
New dash panel. In autumn 2020, Volkswagen’s interior designers redesigned the entire dash panel – consisting of cockpit, surfaces, air outlets, trims –, the centre console (including Infotainment section and air-conditioning controls) as well as the top areas of the door trims. This design and material upgrade has also been brought into the new Arteon R and Arteon R Shooting Brake. The uppermost section of the dash panel and door trim feature leatherette surfaces finished with special stitching. In the new R models, the second level is adorned with metallic inserts in Black Carbon that add a unique touch to the interior. The air outlets, stretching up to the third dash panel level, have been redesigned and also fully integrated here. Fine strips of LED are integrated underneath. Thanks to the background lighting function, users can change the colour of the LED light. The inserts in the door panels are also elegantly illuminated in the same shade by the background lighting system. Door handles and the leatherette inserts in the doors have also been redesigned.
New, digitalised controls. The Arteon R models are equipped with a new generation of multifunction steering wheels with digital touch panels as standard. In combination with the Travel Assist system, the steering wheel rim additionally features touch-sensitive surfaces which, once Travel Assist has been activated, detect whether the driver has at least one hand on the steering wheel for safety reasons. The digital controls for the air conditioning system also underwent an upgrade in autumn 2020. The temperatures of the optional 3-zone Air Care Climatronic system can now be set intuitively via a touchslider. In this case, the same also applies for the seat heating, window and windscreen defrost function, and other air conditioner regulation features. All Arteon models are equipped with fully digital instruments as standard, namely the Digital Cockpit Pro. The graphics of the 10.25-inch display are clear and of a high quality. The driver can quickly and easily switch between three basic layouts using a View button on the multifunction steering wheel.
High-end infotainment. The Infotainment system has been integrated in a clearly visible and easy-to-reach position above the new air-conditioning controls. The Arteon R and Arteon R Shooting Brake are equipped with the Discover Media system (8.0-inch screen with navigation, Streaming & Internet) as standard. The Discover Pro system (9.2-inch screen with navigation) is also available as an option. Specific data, such as charge pressure, performance and a G-meter (G forces), can be displayed as additional information in the Infotainment system of the Arteon R and Arteon R Shooting Brake. Furthermore, a lap timer is also integrated into the G-meter for use on the race track.
Sound by Harman Kardon. A high-end sound system made by audio specialists Harman Kardon is available as an option. The system uses a 700-watt, 16-channel Ethernet amplifier to power a total of twelve high-performance loudspeakers. One loudspeaker acts as the centre speaker in the newly designed dash panel while another operates as a subwoofer in the luggage compartment. The remaining treble, mid-range and bass loudspeakers have been arranged in the doors. The Infotainment system coordinates the individual sound control of the Harman Kardon sound system, which also provides pre-configured settings, such as Pure, Chill out, Live and Energy.
Plenty of space for driver, occupants and luggage. Both the driver and front passenger as well as passengers in the rear of the Arteon R and Arteon R Shooting Brake benefit from the excellent package provided by the modular transverse matrix (MQB). One example: maximum legroom in the rear of 1,016 mm, a figure that is best-in-class. Due to its unique roof design, the Shooting Brake provides added headroom at the front and rear of 1,008 to 1,019 mm (+11 mm) at the front and 883 to 835 mm (+48 mm) at the rear. The interior width is the same: 1,500 mm at the front and 1,481 mm at the rear. As standard, the rear seat backrest can be folded asymmetrically in both models. Behind the Arteon R Shooting Brake’s rear bench seat is a luggage compartment capacity of up to 565 litres if you load up to the rear seat backrest and luggage compartment cover (fastback: 563 litres). Loading the vehicle up to the roof and to the front seat backrests will increase the loading capacity to 1,632 litres (fastback: 1,557 litres). The maximum loading area length is 2,092 mm (up to the front seats).