2022 VW Artion SEL Premium R-Line - Review by Mark Fulmer
A Stylish Good Handling Upscale Sedan
Executive Producer, Editor
THE AUTO CHANNEL
VW drivers are a very loyal bunch not only because they connect with its enthusiastic driving experience, but also because of its reliability reputation and interior design strategy. This trim, the 2.0 T SEL Premium R-Line, is the upscaled Artion with features that include:
18-inch aluminum wheels
ABS and driveline
Dual Zone Climatronic Automatic Front Air Conditioning
Heated Front Seats
Rear Air Conditioning
Satellite and HD radio SiriusXM with 360L AM/FM/HD/Satellite.
Under the hood there is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine putting out 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque. That zipidy dodah engages a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and gives the driver a perky and confident posture both in town and on the byways.
The leatherette front bucket seats both have 8-way power seat adjustability including lumbar support and multi-level heating. The multi-angled steering wheel has a good feel to it for both winding roads and long straightaways.
Front head room 37.7 in.
Front leg room 41.2 in.
Front shoulder room 56.5 in.
Front hip room 54.3 in.
Passengers in the rear seats enjoyed very good leg room and their own climate control.
Rear head room 37.0 in.
Rear leg room 40.2 in.
Rear shoulder room 54.7 in.
Rear hip room 46.5 in.
The cargo capacity when all seats are up is a very useful 27.2 cu.ft.
With second row flattened the cargo capacity expands to 56.2 cu.ft.
Safety systems are many, and include:
Blind spot warning accident avoidance system
Pre-collision safety system
Post-collision safety system
Dual front side-mounted airbags
Front and rear head airbags
Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
Emergency braking assist
Tire pressure monitoring
Remote anti-theft alarm system
By the way, "Artion" is a word of English/Albanian origin meaning "our art." Agreed.