The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, the brand’s flagship sedan, recently received high praise for its user experience and earned a spot among the WardsAuto 10 Best User Experiences (UX) list. The infotainment system, available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Car-Net and Adaptive Cruise Control were highlighted among many other features in the Arteon that make it such a remarkable vehicle.
WardsAuto is one of the leading authorities in automotive insights and analysis. For this 4th annual competition, they evaluated 23 vehicles on their ability to make technology easy to use while enhancing an individual’s lifestyle. These vehicles either had all-new or re-engineered UX features like digital display screens, interfaces, connectivity, and apps. Overall value was also a consideration, though there was no cap on pricing.
“From the moment the R-Line logo lights up the instrument panel during startup, the Arteon delivers a unique user experience setting itself apart from its competitors,” said Wards Senior Editor James Amend. “The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit then comes to life with its richly detailed navigation map nestled between bright, easy-to-read gauges. Wards judges also gushed over the Arteon’s smooth-running adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a technology underpinning autonomous driving of the future. Owners surely will enjoy the wealth of connectivity through VW Car-Net, and the central infotainment screen with proximity sensing and haptic feedback is a snap to use.”
The 2019 Arteon is a rare sedan in that the styling and technology of it are of much higher quality than one would expect for its price range. With a sleek gran turismo design, it has a spacious interior thanks to the MQB platform. Standard features of the Arteon include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED headlights, Front Assist, Side Assist, Rear Traffic Alert, and DCC® adaptive damping. Arteon is powered by a 268-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine, which is paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and optional 4Motion® all-wheel drive.
What you’ll notice right away in every Arteon model is the innovative Volkswagen MIB II touchscreen infotainment system, which has a glass-covered 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display. This is similar to the touch sensor that you have in your smartphone and much easier to use, as opposed to the majority of vehicles’ touchscreens that require pressure to do common functions. Gesture controls in the Arteon like pinch-zooming are much more intuitive and less challenging than in other systems.
Arteon SE models use the Composition Media unit, while SEL Premium models offer the Discover Media system with navigation. Both of these systems offer SD card slots and USB ports, plus Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio free for a three-month trial, HD radio, the ability to send and receive text messages with Bluetooth compatible phones, and pair two phones simultaneously. SEL Premium models’ Discover Media systems also offer 2.5D navigation, which features one-shot voice destination entry, destination entry with search and auto-complete, and predicts possible destinations according to routes used frequently.
The Volkswagen Car-Net connectivity system was a big factor in the Arteon landing on Wards 10 Best UX list. This system exemplifies the dedication of Volkswagen to the development of intelligent and connected vehicles. Car-Net is divided into three areas: “App-Connect,” “Security & Service,” and “Guide & Inform.”
The first, Car-Net App-Connect, is standard on all Arteon models. It allows users to run select smartphone apps right on the display through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink, whichever you prefer.
SEL Premium models are equipped with Car-Net Security & Service, which is a suite of elements providing security features and allows owners to access their Volkswagen through their smartphone app or vw.com/carnet. Security & Service offers many convenient features, such as Automatic Crash Notification, Manual Emergency Call, Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Family Guardian speed and boundary alerts, diagnostics and maintenance information, and remote vehicle access—including remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows). On select models, owners are able to send a location from their device to the navigation system. Information Assistance is available for those who prefer a more personal touch, just press the i-Button in the overhead console.
Arteon SEL Premium models also come standard with VW Car-Net Guide and Inform, which is an enhanced navigation and infotainment experience. This system adds convenient information to the navigation experience, including gas prices, movie information, and weather data as part of the three-month SiriusXM Travel Link trial. Additionally, owners will enjoy real-time traffic information and a three-month trial of SiriusXM Traffic.
There are so many more innovative UX features of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon that we could list here for you to read, but there’s nothing like experiencing one in person. Contact us to schedule a test drive, or just stop into Volkswagen of Inver Grove today to drive one and you’ll see firsthand how the Arteon easily made it to the Wards Top 10 Best UX list. We look forward to seeing you soon!