Roadshow editors love the Arteon for a bunch of reasons, including its good looks, decent in-cabin tech and its surprisingly cavernous cargo capacity. Now we can love it because it’s super safe too. The Arteon managed to ace all six of its IIHS crash tests and also comes standard with a front crash prevention system that scored Superior in vehicle-to-vehicle crash avoidance and Advanced in vehicle-to-pedestrian avoidance.
The Arteon even managed to crush things in the headlight category — something which still manages to trip up many manufacturers — with the LED projector headlights that come on the SEL R-Line and SEL Premium R-Line models being rated Good.
Still, if you’ve had your eye on the Arteon but were waffling as to whether you should buy one, this safety rating might be just enough to convince you.
Unfortunately, VW seems to have decided to cheap out on the lesser trims’ headlights, which were rated Poor by the IIHS. This means that the Arteon is not eligible for the Top Safety Pick Plus award, which requires that headlights rated Good or Acceptable come as standard on all trim levels.
The 2021 VW Arteon is handsome and roomy, and now we know it’s super safe too.
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