Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion on sale in Malaysia – fully imported, 280 PS/350 Nm, 7sp DSG; RM269,888

The Volkswagen Arteon made its Malaysian debut in August this year, arriving on our shores in a sole R-Line trim level and priced at RM221,065 on-the-road excluding insurance.

Motive power for the sleek four-door comes courtesy of the 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four cylinder petrol engine that also powers the Passat, here producing 190 PS from 4,180 to 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque between 1,500 to 4,180 rpm, transmitted to the front wheels via a seven-speed wet dual-clutch DSG gearbox, with shift paddles.

What if you want a more potent powertrain to go with that sleek Arteon form? A sole Arteon R-Line 4Motion has arrived in the country in Volkswagen PHS Autohaus in fully imported CBU form – as shown on the dealer’s Facebook page – packing 280 PS and 350 Nm of torque from its 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four petrol, here sent to all four wheels for improved traction.

Should this all-wheel-drive Arteon be ordered brand-new, it will set its buyer back by around RM330,000, according to PHS Autohaus. This unit has been priced at RM269,888, or about RM60,000 less than its estimated original price.

You may recall that the show car that was previewed at the Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2018 is very similar, if not identical to this unit for sale at PHS Autohaus, which was also a white 4Motion car with black interior.

Like the unit at PACE 2018, the car for sale at PHS Autohaus also wears 19-inch Montevideo alloys, while its interior also appears to feature the 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment unit and 12.3-inch Active Info Display driver instrumentation.

In the time that has passed, the Arteon R-Line has officially gone on sale in Malaysia with its turbocharged 2.0 litre engine in a more modest state of tune and therefore, lower output figures as well, though what the Arteon adds that is not present on the Passat includes the 360-degree camera system and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive dampers.

Also included on the CKD Arteon R-Line are seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat anchors at the rear. What do you think, dear readers? Is the uprated powertrain on this CBU Arteon just the ticket to sway your decision?

GALLERY: Volkswagen Arteon R-Line 4Motion previewed at PACE 2018

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  • Civic Turbo 2018 on Dec 04, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    60K cheaper due to pre-register?

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  • Chow Wei Zhen on Dec 04, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Okay, at least come with 360 degree camera, TPMS, cruise control too, even this is cbu car

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  • 330i and C300 killer..

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    • Nobrainer on Dec 04, 2020 at 6:11 pm

      At that price ill go with top end c or 3 rather than vw thanks, nevermind the size difference

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  • Pathetic VW, none of their car models offered any ADAS features, very disappointing.

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  • Hmm, .
    it doesn’t have the sun roof, air cond controls at the rear vents, and dynaudio system. A bit of a downgrade in specs in comparison to the Pace 2018 unit. If you read the reviews, what this car should be specced with, is blind spot monitoring, like the Passat, because the wide rear pillar.

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  • carnut on Dec 04, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Nice price for the specs, and it’s a handsome looking car too. I just can’t get pass the dull passat interior. Its down to personal preference but overall a good buy.

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  • Some ppl not afford it keep complaining no AEB…haaa

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    • Celup King on Dec 05, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Oh sure. Cheap cars should not have AEB. PaulTan complaining about sub-100k cars w/o AEB is just mengada-ada right?

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    • Susah la on Dec 05, 2020 at 10:42 am

      Exactly, people who truly appreciate it will buy it with or without AEB. AEB are for those who can’t drive

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  • tricycle on Dec 04, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Nice nice nice. At first I was worried about not having adaptive cruise control. But worry not, that problem is solved, you can either install it yourself or go to Singapore or go do some searching. Everything is easy now for Germans cars at least (bmw, merc, audi included).

    Yes please VW, just bring the 2.0 turbo 280ps with AWD with the lowest spec, so the price can be attainable to many. Don’t worry about the spec up, there are plenty of options we can decide for ourselves. And the best thing, is it comes with years of warranty since the parts are original imported from manufacturers. And the price are also reasonable.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Dec 04, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    The only thing going for this Arteon is its engine and 4motion setup. The rest of the spec is meh.

    I hope VCPM will spec this engine to the facelift Arteon so it makes the Arteon feel special. Using the same engine with the Passat is a no-no.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Dec 04, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    this car looks so outdated

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  • macampondam on Dec 05, 2020 at 9:25 am

    love to get this if I’m younger…hahaha

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  • Vedder on Dec 05, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    The article was horribly written. Revenge of the commas

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  • entreri on Dec 07, 2020 at 12:21 am

    what will sway my decision?

    AEB, Adaptive cruise control

    at this price it is a crime.

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  • Ben Yap on Dec 07, 2020 at 3:18 am

    poor safety features, not a good deal to buy. honda accord is better deal.

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  • 330k…..
    U could go for a bmw 340i ckd xdrive
    a class above, interior wise….eclipses the arteon
    But to each their own

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