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2020 Volkswagen Arteon. Image credit: Volkswagen.

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon has now obtained the status of an IIHS top safety pick, and an improved headlamp design helped it get there.

There are 6 ‘crashworthiness’ ratings that must all be ‘Good’ in order for a car to become an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The 2019 Arteon fell short of being a top safety pick because its 3 headlamp variations got a ‘Poor’ rating.

The 2020 Arteon, however received ‘Good’ ratings for the curve-adaptive projector headlights offered in the SEL, SEL R-Line and SEL Premium R-Line trims. The Premium R-Line trim earned extra credit for high-beam assist.

Unfortunately, the basic SE trim did not receive the ratings required to make it a Top Safety Pick because the headlamps offered with that trim aren’t as good.