2023 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL R-Line
In some ways the Arteon reminded me of the late VW Phaeton in that it was spacious and comfortable in a Germanic way. It also reminded me of the VW CC, a car I thought was sexy looking.
Arteon is one of those made-up words that sounds ancient. VW says the Arteon takes its name from "artem" which is art in Latin. I don't know if it is art but I found it pleasing to my eye.
At 191.5" long the Arteon is about the same size as a Honda Accord, in other words not so big that it's difficult to park but big enough so there is room for five adults inside.
You can tell by the white on the rear seats that although five people can fit it really is meant for two. One nice feature is that all four doors open really wide, too bad you can't do so in many parking lots.
As you can see from the above photo the Arteon is a hatchback. With an opening that large you should have no trouble loading stuff into the back. There is 27.2 cubic feet of storage behind the back seats and 56.2 cubic feet with the seats folded down. It's almost a station wagon!
The center stack was mostly easy but every now and then when I went to change the SiriusXM channel I ended up changing the radio to AM. And although the temperature control appears easy to use it took a steady hand (my wife's) to smoothly adjust it. Small complaints though.