Save Money, Skip the R-Line Upgrade and Get the Standard Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen just announced it’ll debut the R-Line package next week at the New York International Auto Show, but when the Arteon goes on sale later this year, you should save your money and skip that option box.

The 2018 Volkswagen Arteon is not a car left wanting for style or design. When it debuted at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, it stood out amongst the backdrop of the worlds most outrageous supercars — even in base trim. Volkswagen just announced it will debut the R-Line package next week at the New York International Auto Show, but when the Arteon goes on sale later this year, you should save your money and skip the R-Line option box.

Similar to Audi’s S-line, the only thing your money goes towards is visual upgrades, like a more sculpted front bumper, a sliver of a lip spoiler on the rear deck lid, gloss black wheels and ‘R-Line’ badging all over. Inside, the option package adds contrast stitching, paddle shifters and few other metallic accent pieces. No matter the trim level, all Arteon trim-levels get the same 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic transmission with no extra power or performance. There’s no official word on pricing yet, but based on the Passat R-Line, the option package will probably run between $2,000-$3,000 extra — money better spent on options that actually change your driving experience for the better.

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