The Volkswagen Arteon Is Not Just A Pretty Face

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The underappreciated Arteon continues to impress.

Volkswagen has announced that the Volkswagen Arteon has earned the IIHS' Top Safety Pick award today. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's rating is based on "good" ratings in a total of six crashworthiness tests, along with no less than an "acceptable" rating for the Arteon's available LED headlights. The Arteon has earned good ratings in all six crashworthiness evaluations. In all, it should serve as some nice peace of mind for buyers looking to enter this underappreciated segment in which the Kia Stinger also competes. Not only is the Arteon beautiful to look at, but it's also a really sensible purchase.

2021-2022 Volkswagen Arteon Frontal Aspect CarBuzz / Ian Wright 2021-2022 Volkswagen Arteon Rear Angle View CarBuzz / Ian Wright 2021-2022 Volkswagen Arteon Lateral View CarBuzz / Ian Wright 2021-2022 Volkswagen Arteon Front View CarBuzz / Ian Wright
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Volkswagen credits a few of its safety systems with helping the Arteon earn these ratings. The brand's standard Front Assist system also got a superior rating from the IIHS for its vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention, as well as an advanced rating for the brand's vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention. At least we know you won't be accidentally hitting anything without trying in the Arteon.

The brand's Forward Collision Warning system uses both auditory and visual alerts in the instrument cluster to notify drivers of any impending danger. The IIHS has recently come forward and said that these systems should all be doing that in the name of safety, so VW is ahead of the curve there. Moreover, if you should beat the system to a braking maneuver and the car thinks you're not doing enough, it'll still brake for you.

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2021-2022 Volkswagen Arteon Dashboard
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Systems like these are becoming increasingly common in new cars, which is no bad thing. Besides, advanced safety systems and features like adaptive cruise control are frankly the only things keeping the Arteon alive in the States. VW has already axed the Passat due to poor sales, and we can't help but wonder if the Arteon will eventually suffer the same fate. Sedans in the US just don't sell like they used to.

For now, at least, buyers can rest easy knowing they're getting some luxury features mixed in with top-notch safety items in a relatively affordable package. Remember, the Arteon starts at $40,750 MSRP. Top-tier SE R-Line models also benefit from VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. It's just a shame we won't be getting the wagon here in the States - at least not right now. We'll have to take our crash safety cake without being able to eat it too.

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