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Taking the new Volkswagen Areton out for a joyride, Australian publication Motor Magazine has found it to be more than just a pretty face.

Some may scoff at the 2.0-litre turbo four engine when compared to rival models with a V6 under the hood, but VW made sure the Arteon is efficiently utilizing every bit of that 206 kW and 350 Nm torque. Accelerating from 0 to 100km/h only takes around 5.6 seconds, a surprising number if one looks at the spec-sheet alone.

What's more, the Areton feels refined when tackling difficult roads. This could be attributed to what feels like equal distribution of cornering forces to all four tyres, and understeering is rare unless you're one to make tight corners at high speeds.

Speaking of steering, it's said to be "accurate and nicely weighted" with negative feedback coming only when the vehicle hits a severe mid-corner bump. Otherwise, the chassis and dampers should be more than enough to handle most road imperfections. If that's still not enough, there's always the option to adjust the dampers 14 different ways in the Individual mode, though they can't imagine someone needing this level of adjustment.

There's much to like about the new VW Arteon aside from its looks. After their test drive, Motor Mag found it to be "quick, refined, economical and practical for under $70K as-tested."
 
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