2021 Volkswagen Arteon

MSRP range: $36,995 - $46,995
5 out of 5 stars(7)
MSRP$38,949
Edmunds suggests you pay$34,679

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2021 Volkswagen Arteon Review

  • Sleek design
  • Ample cargo space thanks to hatchback body style
  • Extensive available technology and luxury features
  • Transmission can be slow to downshift
  • Not as engaging to drive as some rivals
  • Exterior styling refresh with new front grille and headlights
  • Updated interior with VW's newest MIB3 infotainment system
  • Redesigned dashboard, new steering wheel and new digital driver display
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard
  • Part of the first Arteon generation introduced for 2019
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The Volkswagen Arteon boasts a sleek exterior design and a spacious and modern interior. Couple that with comfortable seats, lots of cargo capacity and refined handling and you have a compelling — though not inexpensive — choice for a midsize sedan. Its overall appeal dips because of its humdrum driving experience and so-so fuel economy, but the upgrades to its tech and interior fit and finish help justify the higher price.
The Volkswagen Arteon's engine is powerful on the spec sheet (268 horsepower), but real-world performance falls short. In Edmunds' testing, it covered 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which is a little slower than rivals with upgraded engines. The transmission's shifting can also be slow, further diminishing the car's responsiveness.

On the plus side, the Arteon's steering is nicely weighted and communicative. In the Comfort or Normal driving mode, there's noticeable body roll when driving around turns. Switching to Sport really tightens up handling, and the Arteon's all-wheel-drive system does a good job of helping the car accelerate out of turns. The Arteon is more planted and stable when pushed than most midsize competitors. It's not exciting, but there's a lot of confidence and predictability.
For the most part, the Arteon is a comfortable midsize sedan. The seats are nicely shaped and have a decent amount of cushion and support. The ride is usually well controlled, especially on the highway, but even the adaptive dampers can't filter out large or sharp bumps.

The standard three-zone climate control and rear air vents keep passengers happy and air circulated throughout the cabin, but the touch controls require more concentration to push than we prefer. Another concern is that the standard seats don't breathe much, so hot days create a swampy effect unless you opt for the top-of-the-line trim with ventilated seats.
Like most midsize sedans, the Volkswagen Arteon features a roomy cabin with plenty of legroom all around. However, headroom is limited for taller folks. The sunroof cuts into headroom for front occupants, and the rakish roofline reduces rear headroom. The Arteon's low-slung stance can also pose a challenge when getting in and out.

Most of the primary controls are easy to use, and VW's updated digital information screen is straightforward. The infotainment menus are a bit more cluttered and could be easier to navigate, but finding the primary controls you need isn't a problem.
The Arteon's tech offerings include a digital gauge cluster (VW's Digital Cockpit) and an 8-inch infotainment screen. That touchscreen is stylish and easy to read. It has a few neat tricks up its sleeve such as hiding lesser-used controls when your finger moves away from the screen. You also have the option to integrate the navigation map into the digital instrument panel. The system's voice controls work well and can understand some natural speech requests. The available Harman Kardon audio system sounds quite good.

Android Auto/Apple CarPlay wireless integration is easy. The full-speed adaptive cruise control system can be slow to accelerate after the car ahead pulls away, but we do like that it's not overly sensitive when braking.
The Arteon's hatchback design makes it easy to load in a lot of stuff. The sizable hatch frame opens to 27.2 cubic feet of space, dwarfing the cargo holds of just about every other competitor. Unfortunately, small-item storage is lacking. The cupholders are decently sized, but the center armrest bin is shallow, the phone cubby is small and hard to get to, and we couldn't fit the vehicle manual in the glove box.

As with most midsize sedans, it's easy to fit a car seat in the back. Ample room means front passengers don't have to scoot up, and car seat anchors are easily accessible behind covers. But the sloping roof might make it tough to attach a car seat to the upper tether points.
The all-wheel-drive Arteon posts an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined. The front-wheel-drive model is at 25 mpg combined. That's OK considering the car's power, but this isn't one of the more economical sedans. In our time with the Arteon, we achieved an average of 25.5 mpg over a few hundred miles of mixed city and highway driving.
The Arteon is a pricey car, but the cost is justified if you're looking for a well-equipped premium sedan without paying extra for the luxury badge. The interior design is a marked improvement over the last model year. The materials and trim look more upscale due to better contrasting elements and improved integration of the tech features. It's also one of the few midsize sedans to offer all-wheel drive as an option.

Volkswagen offers basic and powertrain warranties for four years/50,000 miles. That's better coverage than most other automakers provide, but the powertrain coverage is a bit shorter. VW also includes the first two years of scheduled maintenance for free.
The Arteon offers a distinctive combination of luxury and practicality for the price. But it's definitely a niche car that competes with a limited group. It doesn't prioritize performance, but the Arteon can be rewarding when driven down a curvy road.

The Arteon looks and feels quite chic, from the color-changing interior door panels that match the ambient lighting to the cool digital cluster and upscale interior. You buy the Arteon because you want a stylish, premium midsize sedan and because you don't want to pay extra for a luxury badge.

Volkswagen has doubled down on its flagship sedan, the Arteon, this year with a thorough styling refresh and the installation of a new infotainment system. It offers style and a driving experience not found in the Passat, as well as enough premium equipment to put it in close competition with some BMWs and Audis. And thanks to its sedan/hatchback body style, the Arteon has a cavernous cargo capacity.

With all the premium features available on the Arteon, it might seem only natural to cross-shop it against something like an Audi A5 Sportback. But it'd be better to check out the Honda Accord. It serves up similar refinement, power and interior room for thousands of dollars less. And Kia's Stinger, another sedan/hatchback combination, offers a more powerful engine option with improved driving dynamics as well as available all-wheel drive. Still, there's enough good here to warrant a second look. Read our Expert Rating on the updated Arteon to learn more.

Which Arteon does Edmunds recommend?

We think the Arteon SEL R-Line strikes a good balance between standard features and cost. It gives you the option to have either front- or all-wheel drive and includes a panoramic sunroof, adaptive headlights, 19-inch wheels, leather seats, and extra driver assists such as full-speed adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors.

Volkswagen Arteon models

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is a coupe-like midsize sedan sold in three trims: SE, SEL R-Line and SEL Premium R-Line. All are powered by a 268-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on SE and SEL R-Line models. All-wheel drive is standard on the SEL Premium R-Line and available on the SEL R-Line. Feature highlights include:

SE
The SE is nicely equipped with:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • LED headlights
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • In-car Wi-Fi hotspot

The Arteon SE also comes with a handful of advanced safety features, including:

  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front and can automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (alerts you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

SEL R-Line
Adds sporty styling enhancements and extra features, including:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Stylish body kit
  • Shift paddles
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Adjustable ambient interior lighting
  • Remote engine start
  • Wireless charging
  • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Blind-spot monitoring with intervention (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot and will automatically steer the car back into its lane if you try to change lanes while a car is in the vehicle's blind spot)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Arteon back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front and can also react to traffic signs and set speed)

SEL Premium R-Line
This top-of-the-line trim is equipped with everything above, plus:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Massaging driver's seat
  • Heated rear seats
  • Rear-seat climate control
  • Rear-seat USB-C charge port
  • 360-degree parking camera (gives you a top-down view of the VW and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Power cargo hatch with hands-free capability
  • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
  • Harman Kardon premium sound system
  • Full-size spare tire
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Consumer reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, The (Few) People's Car
Darren,
SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
My wife and I once owned a 2011 Camry (the last year of the that body style). It was comfortable, efficient, reliable, and affordable (YAWN!). It was also difficult to pick out in a crowd, since there were 1.9 million of 7th-gen Camrys sold in the US. That's one reason my wife loved driving a 2014 Volkwagen CC. It was sleek, just as efficient as the Camry, and considerably sportier (with the DSG). The trunk was a bit cramped, and interior room was not as generous, but it was easy to pick out on a crowd. Regular dealership service visits meant I got to see the Arteon when it first came to the US, and the service guys eventually persuaded us into trading her beloved CC in on a 2021 Arteon SE. Our local VW dealer only had three Arteons in stock. Even if my wife had had wanted a black-on-black car (which, she did not), she did not go for the SEL R-Line since it simply had too many bells/whistles to take herself seriously (Haptic steering wheel controls? Multi-color interior LED lighting? Really?). Her base Arteon SE is a gorgeous Urano Gray, with two-tone interior seating. The sound system is great, the passenger seat leans ALL the way back (practically becomes a bed for her to nap in during long road trips), and she does not feel like she is driving an appliance the way she did with her Camry, or one of our former Honda sedans. Plus, VW had helpful incentives (dealer cash back and 0% financing, and our dealer gave us more for our trade than we had expected). Overall, it made it the Arteon a purchase we felt good about making. Other than its looks, here are the five things I have admired about the Arteon: 1. It generates >30% more power out of the same 2.0-liter displacement as our 2014 CC. 2. Using an Aisin 8-speed auto, the Arteon puts delivers twist-to-the-ground in a thoroughly satisfying manner. It is not blisteringly fast, just...quick. And, it should cost less to maintain than the DSG did. 3. It's roomy without feeling massive. (We drove a VW Atlas loaner vehicle while we had our old CC in for service, and the Atlas was nice, as far as it goes, but it was Just.Too.Big. Also, the Atlas was Just.Another.SUV.) 4. The quality of the interior surfaces is far more gratifying than similarly-equipped cars from other manufacturers. 5. It's more efficient than our 2014 CC, which had already been impressive. On a road trip in the Arteon from Knoxville to Atlanta (I-75, cruise control at 70mph), we drove more than 200 miles before the fuel gauge even moved. I felt compelled to do a little mental math (adding elapsed trip mileage to estimated remaining range). The sum went as high as 730 miles at one point. Our old CC never made it beyond 600 miles on a fill up, even though it had a slightly larger fuel capacity and the theoretically-more-efficient DSG. So, why the Arteon? It is a beautiful, sporty, efficient, well-engineered, well-built liftback sedan. It is not for everyone, which is precisely why we love it.
5/5 stars, Beasty!!!
don wilks,
SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
This car is like an audi a6..just about 25,000 dollars jeaper.
5/5 stars, Just what we were looking for
Will Gessner,
SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I read a million reviews on the Arteon before purchasing it this week. The main complaint that came through those reviews is that the car doesn’t handle sharp enough or accelerate enough with blistering speed. Ok maybe so when compared to a V6 Audi or the like but enough is plenty enough. I put 1,000 miles on it this first week. It’s a great highway cruiser and handles nicely on back roads. It’s quiet and smooth and inspires confidence.
5/5 stars, Wow. This is a sleeper GEM
J Brown,
Was looking for a decent sedan in an ever decreasing sedan market. So glad I noticed the Volkswagen Arteon. Its about the only sedan in the current market climate that is still heavily incentivized, still offering 72 months 0 % interest financing. It is a hatchback, but you would never know from the outside. 265 horsepower and loaded with tech ( True Drive assist) , full digital dash, available 4 wheel drive, and selective chassis dampening..... not to mention many others. Ride is magnificent. Backseat legroom is near limo "roomy". Its essentially an Audi A7 for $40,000 less. Volkswagen refreshed the Arteon exterior and interior for 2021. While not as plush as the A7, it is still very, very, nice. Research and test drive, I would challenge you not to agree. Handles like its on rails for a car of its length, especially with the 4 Motion 4 wheel drive. Its a hidden gem in a a sedan market that has been challenged by the SUV.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon video

[MUSIC PLAYING] WILL KAUFMAN: Volkswagen is launching an all new flagship sedan, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. This is a bit of a niche car, especially with the growing popularity of SUVs. Most people with this kind of budget are going to be buying Atlases from Volkswagen and not Arteons. But this is a statement car. It's reaffirming a commitment to that kind of European, athletic, near luxury car that Volkswagen diehards and enthusiasts really love. In some ways the Arteon is a successor to the CC, the car that brought the coupe Sudan to the mainstream more than a decade ago. But it's bigger, more powerful. And I think it's better looking. It's also got more direct competition with cars like the Buick Regal GS and Edmunds editorial staff favorite, the Kia Stinger on the market. So today we're going to take a look at why you might want to spend premium dollars on a VW sedan. But we're also going to ask the big questions, like who is meaning? Where is life? And what does the Areton-- a statement car, a halo for VW-- say about today's Volkswagen brand? But before we get started, make sure to subscribe right here for more fantastic videos. And head to Edmunds.com for answers to your big car shopping questions. The first thing you'll notice about the Arteon is obviously the styling. It has this sleek fastback profile and these long, sharp creases in the bodywork that really accentuate its wide stance. It reminds me of the Audi A7 or A5 Sportback. But what sets it apart from the Audi is really the front end. The standard LED headlights surround flows into the chrome grille in a way that's really sophisticated. And makes this car look broad and athletic up front. Compared to the old CC the new Arteon on has migrated to Volkswagen's MQB platform that underlies most of what they make. It's only grown two inches an overall length. But the wheel base has grown by five inches. That makes it ride much more like a big luxury car and has opened up a lot of back seat space. The other thing that's changed is the trunk. The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the old CC. This hatchback opening gives you a ton of space to get items in and out of the trunk. And there's just a lot of room back here. So the 2019 already on definitely looks the part of a halo car. But does it drive the part? Let's find out. [MUSIC PLAYING] Overseas Volkswagen offers the Arteon on with a number of different power trains. But in the US, you can pretty much just get one. This car comes standard with a 268 horsepower, turbo charged, two liter, four cylinder engine. That's paired with an eight speed automatic transmission. And you get a front wheel drive standard. All wheel drive is an option and standard on the highest trim level. Also standard is adaptive suspension that can switch between sport and comfort mode. So that it can firm up the handling or provide a more comfortable ride on the freeway. Now Volkswagen calls the Arteon on a GT car, as opposed to a sports car. It handles a lot like an Audi to my mind. It feels really planted and firm as you go through corners. Something like Kia A Stinger. Sort of feels lively and playful. This is really competent and the grip is fantastic. But it doesn't have quite as sporty a feel. You can definitely feel that GT mission coming through. The same goes for power delivery. The engine is strong and it's pretty torquey. But it's not as snappy as the V6 in the Kia Stinger GT. Overall the driving experience feels really premium. The Arteon is a very capable handler. It accelerates well. A lot of that's down to the transmission and tuning. The gears are tall, so you spend a lot of time building through the rev range. Shifting manually helps. But in normal driving this setup makes the car feel less responsive than the numbers suggest. The interior here fits with that grand touring mission as well. The materials sort of fall between what you expect from a Volkswagen and what you get in an Audi. There's more soft touch plastics in here than in something like a Jetta. But overall the materials aren't quite up to Audi standards. The interior really doesn't present as well as it should for the price. Visually, the textures are the same as in cheaper VWs. But while there are still hard plastics, around once you start touching things you realize how many surfaces are padded. Interior storage is a little lacking. This is a pretty small console box. That's a pretty small little cubby. The door pockets are big enough for a water bottle to fit in. And they are lined, so you won't hear stuff rattling around in there so much. But otherwise there's not a ton of space to keep your stuff in here. Visibility is excellent. Forward visibility overall is very good. These pillars are set up in a way they sort of stick out into the cabin a little bit. But they're arranged so that you're looking at the thinnest part of them. They don't really block your view out of the car when you're going around corners or approaching an intersection. Rear visibility is also very good for a coupe-like sedan. My only real complaint about visibility is the very small side mirrors. Luckily, blind spot monitoring is standard on the Arteon. So that's not as big a deal as it could be. And of course on higher trims you get all sorts of surround view cameras and extra gear like that that makes maneuvering the car in tight spaces much easier. Volkswagen's thrown all of their technology features at this. And one or two things that you can't get in any other VWs. Of course you get there pretty sharp touchscreen infotainment system that comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While Volkswagen's infotainment looks nice, it's a bit behind competitors. A system like what you get in the current Accord offers more functionality and just feels more up to date. On the higher trim levels, you also get their digital gauge cluster. It's good looking and pretty adjustable. Really Audi and Volkswagen are probably the next best digital gauge clusters on the market. On higher trims, you also get more luxury features. You get ventilated front seats as well as heated front seats. Of course you get leather all over the place. In the highest trim, you also get a massaging front seat. Which is something you can't get in any other Volkswagen right now. You can really see where the extra five inches of wheelbase comes in back here. Look at all this leg room I have. I'm sitting behind my own seating position as a six footer. And I got plenty of room for my knees, lots of room for my toes. I also appreciate the open glass along here. There's not a big pillar that starts right behind my shoulder. Makes it feel a little less claustrophobic. You get standard three zone climate control. And on higher trim levels you get heated back seats as well. The only thing that taller passengers are going to want for is headroom. That sleek, coupe like roof does mean that the headroom is a little limited back here. It's not that bad. I'm six feet tall and my head is sort of just touching. Average sized passengers will have plenty of space. The ride in this car also really fits with that grand touring mission. In comfort mode it's really compliant. Heading down the freeway you don't really feel any of the bumps or imperfections. It really irons out the road. The downside to that softness is that when you hit a large bump the impact comes through into the cabin. So the premium feel sort of falls apart if you live somewhere with a lot of big potholes. You can put it in sport and it will firm up noticeably. Not to the point of harshness. I would actually say that it doesn't really feel like a sporty ride. That said, it does really tame body roll which is noticeable in comfort. But in sport the Arteon corners much more flatly. I mean, I don't always love adaptive or adjustable suspensions because they tend to feel like you're choosing between really floppy and bouncy or way too firm and jittery. But the Arteon strikes a nice balance on both ends. At the start I said the Arteon was a niche car and that's down to the price. For a lot of shoppers the Arteon won't make sense. The 2019 Arteon starts in the mid-30s. For that money you get front wheel drive and actually a good amount of standard equipment with the car. It starts around the same price you'd pay for a fully loaded Accord which is stylish in its own right and has a powertrain that's more economical and feels more responsive when left to its own devices. But you don't get the style. And you can't get all wheel drive. The top of the line fully-loaded Arteon is going to run you in the mid-40s. For the same money as a top tier Arteon you can get a true luxury sedan like a Mercedes or, yes, an Audi. But it'll be much smaller. And you'll have to spend into the 50s if you want all the bells and whistles. The only extra option for the Arteon is the R-line package. And it'll add either 19 or 20 inch wheels, a sportier, more aggressive appearance package, a sport plus mode that sharpens the car up even more, and paddle shifters for a more engaging experience during sporty driving. In order to buy the Arteon for what VW's asking you have to really want what it has to offer. The style, the space, the character. It's definitely not for everyone. But VW didn't build the Arteon for everyone. I am always happy to see another sedan on the market, especially one that offers the level of sophistication that the Arteon does. So as long as I've got the keys, I'm going to head back out on the road. Remember, make sure to subscribe here for more videos. And check out Edmunds.com for the full story on the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon and help with all of your car shopping needs.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Test Drive: A Flagship Sedan With Flair

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, but since the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$36,995
MPG & Fuel
22 City / 32 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 268 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 191.6 in. / Height: 56.9 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 73.7 in.
Curb Weight: 3686 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 27.2 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Arteon safety features:

Parking Steering Assistant
Measures the size of available curbside parking and helps the driver steer into the spot.
Front Assist
Warns if it detects an imminent front collision and automatically applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Lane Keeping System
Warns you if the Arteon begins to wander outside of marked lanes and can automatically apply corrective steering.


Volkswagen Arteon vs. the competition

2021 Volkswagen Arteon

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2021 Honda Accord

2021 Honda Accord

Volkswagen Arteon vs. Honda Accord

The current-generation Honda Accord set a new standard for fit and finish in the midsize sedan class. It also raised the bar for interior room, passenger comfort and ride quality. Similarly equipped, the Arteon costs thousands more than the Honda, making the Accord the better buy for value. But going with the Arteon does get you more cargo capacity and available all-wheel drive.

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Volkswagen Arteon vs. Kia Stinger

If hatchback sedans are your thing, the Kia Stinger is the Arteon's closest competitor. It offers a sportier driving experience, especially when equipped with its powerful turbocharged V6. We think the Arteon offers a superior level of fit and finish than the Kia, but the Stinger comes with a longer warranty.

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Volkswagen Arteon vs. Audi A5

The Arteon has been called a baby Audi, but you can get yourself into an Audi not unlike the VW for about the same money. The A5 Sportback offers comparable fit and finish but more performance — provided you're willing to spend the extra money. We prefer the Arteon's tech interface to the Audi's, but essentially there's not much difference between these two corporate siblings.

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FAQ

Is the Volkswagen Arteon a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Arteon both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. You probably care about Volkswagen Arteon fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Arteon gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Arteon has 27.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volkswagen Arteon. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon:

  • Exterior styling refresh with new front grille and headlights
  • Updated interior with VW's newest MIB3 infotainment system
  • Redesigned dashboard, new steering wheel and new digital driver display
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard
  • Part of the first Arteon generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Volkswagen Arteon reliable?

To determine whether the Volkswagen Arteon is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Arteon. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Arteon's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Arteon and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Arteon is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Volkswagen Arteon?

The least-expensive 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,995.

Other versions include:

  • SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $36,995
  • SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,595
  • SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $43,395
  • SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $46,995
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What are the different models of Volkswagen Arteon?

If you're interested in the Volkswagen Arteon, the next question is, which Arteon model is right for you? Arteon variants include SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Arteon models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Volkswagen Arteon Overview

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is offered in the following submodels: Arteon Hatchback. Available styles include SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Volkswagen Arteon models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 268 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Arteon 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Arteon.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Volkswagen Arteon?

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,949. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,270 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,270 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,679.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 11% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 5 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,399. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,847 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,847 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,552.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 10.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,999. The average price paid for a new 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,848 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,848 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,151.

The average savings for the 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 9.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Volkswagen Arteons are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Volkswagen Arteon?

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
25 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/32 highway MPG

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
24 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/31 highway MPG

2021 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
24 compined MPG,
20 city MPG/31 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG25
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume123.7 cu.ft.
Wheelbase111.9 in.
Length191.6 in.
WidthN/A
Height56.9 in.
Curb Weight3686 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Volkswagen Arteon?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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