Volkswagen Arteon hatchback - Reliability & safety
Hi-tech features mean that Volkswagen Arteon safety should be first-class, but reliability is unproven for now
The Arteon uses petrol and diesel engines derived from those that have been proven in many other cars from the Volkswagen Group of companies. Reliability ought not to be a big concern, although the German carmaker hasn’t always enjoyed the greatest reputation in this area. The long list of driver-assistance technologies on offer ensures the Arteon is a very safe car, too, with excellent results in independent crash-testing.
Volkswagen Arteon reliability
While the Arteon itself wasn’t included, the Volkswagen brand had a fairly poor showing in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, coming 19th out of 30 manufacturers. A total of 20.2% of VW owners reported experiencing a fault with their car within the first 12 months of ownership.
The Volkswagen Arteon performed well across the entire gamut of Euro NCAP testing, with its score of 85% in the pedestrian safety category the highest of any executive model so far. A score of 96% for adult occupant protection and 85% for child occupants is clear evidence of the Arteon being not only strong, but meticulously designed to absorb impacts and keep passengers safe. A range of safety technology including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance that can help avoid errant vehicles all contributed to a high score of 82% in the category dedicated to safety equipment.