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2019 Volkswagen Arteon

What’s new

  • The Arteon is an all-new Volkswagen sedan-style hatchback
  • Part of the first Arteon generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Sleek design
  • Extra cargo space thanks to hatchback body style
  • Extensive available technology and luxury features
  • Transmission can be slow to respond
  • Excessive tire and traffic noise at highway speeds
  • Materials quality doesn't match up with the premium price tag
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Which Arteon does Edmunds recommend?

Based on price and feature content, the Arteon in SEL trim looks like a sensible choice. You get all-wheel drive as standard plus more tech features and leather upholstery. The SEL R-Line is merely a cosmetic package that comes with larger wheels that may degrade ride quality.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.5 / 10

In real estate, buyers are taught to buy the most affordable house in a nice neighborhood rather than the nicest house in a less appealing ZIP code. In the case of the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, the latter half of that analogy seems to apply.

This large-ish sedan-styled fastback is emblazoned with the familiar VW badge that typically represents accessibility for mass-market shoppers. The problem is that the Arteon's price starts in entry-level luxury territory and extends even further in its top trim levels. Volkswagen's approach reminds us of its Phaeton luxury sedan from the mid-2000s that never caught on.

To its credit, the VW Arteon is substantially less expensive than the Phaeton when it was new. It's also in a very specialized subclass of vehicles that is positioned somewhere between sedan, hatchback and wagon. And compared to rivals such as the Kia Stinger and the Buick Regal Sportback, the Arteon's base price isn't nearly as jarring.

The 2019 Arteon does have some potential merit for its rather small audience. It possesses hatchback-based utility, available all-wheel drive, and a sleek and modern design. Overall, it's worth a look if you want something nicer than the typical family sedan but can't afford a luxury-branded model.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon models

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is a four-door hatchback that is available in three trim levels: SE, SEL and SEL Premium. All versions are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (268 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All but the base front-drive SE trim come standard with VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Standard SE features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, adaptive suspension dampers, keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes, three-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats and 60/40-split folding rear seats.

The SE also comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, VW's Car-Net smartphone app integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and a blind-spot monitor.

Stepping up to the SEL trim adds adaptive headlights with cornering lights, a sunroof, remote ignition, adaptive cruise control, driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, a digital gauge cluster, interior ambient lighting and a navigation system.

At the top of the range, the SEL Premium comes with 19-inch wheels, automatic high beams, a hands-free hatch, ventilated front seats, driver-seat massage functions, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, three-color interior ambient lighting, and a premium audio system. You also get lane keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system, a surround-view camera system, and additional telematics features (vehicle location, remote locking and diagnostics). 

In general, features are exclusive to trims and are not available on supporting models. VW is offering an R-Line package that dresses things up with 19- or 20-inch wheels, a sporty front bumper, shift paddles (if not already equipped), contrast interior stitching, a black headliner, and metal pedals and scuff plates.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Volkswagen Arteon SEL (turbo 2.0L 4-cyl. | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Scorecard

Overall7.5 / 10
Driving7.5
Comfort8.0
Interior7.5
Utility8.0
Technology7.0

Driving

7.5
The Volkswagen Arteon's power specs are impressive, but real-world performance falls short. The transmission's tall gearing and occasionally stubborn shifting are the primary culprits. On the plus side, the Arteon has Audi-like handling and steering.

Acceleration

7.0
The engine feels strong taking off from a stop. But the transmission is tuned more for smoothness than sport. Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph took 6.6 seconds in our testing. That's quicker than most midsize sedans but a disappointing result considering the car's sporty pretensions.

Braking

7.5
The brakes feel strong and natural, and the car is stable even under hard braking. We measured a stopping distance from 60 mph of 121 feet, which is what you'd expect from a vehicle of this size on all-season tires.

Steering

8.5
The steering is nicely weighted. It also gives you a decent feel for the road, which is more than most systems in this class offer. The on-center feel is quite good. Overall, the steering imparts a pleasing sense of sportiness to the car.

Handling

8.5
In Comfort or Normal mode, there's noticeable body roll. Switching to Sport really tightens up handling, and the all-wheel-drive system does a good job pulling the car through turns. When you drive it harder, the Arteon feels more planted and stable than most midsize competitors. It's not exciting, but there's a lot of confidence and predictability.

Drivability

6.5
The transmission's lax gearing makes the Arteon feel like a larger, heavier car than it really is. Overall, the transmission is smooth, but shifts are a bit slow and slushy. Opting for the R-Line package and paddle shifters gives you more control for sporty driving.

Comfort

8.0
For the most part, the Arteon scores high in comfort thanks to supportive seats and a smooth freeway ride. Unfortunately, the suspension is overwhelmed by large bumps, and cabin noise levels are high for a car of this price.

Seat comfort

8.0
The front seats are supportive and sufficiently cushioned. There's not a lot of side bolstering. The simulated leather upholstery makes the seats feel hot even with the perforation. On cooler days (or with the SEL Premium's seat ventilation), these seats offer all-day comfort thanks to a nice shape.

Ride comfort

7.5
In Comfort mode, the Arteon's adaptive suspension irons out minor road imperfections really well, making it a great freeway cruiser. But bigger or sharper bumps, like those on a bad road, overwhelm the suspension and are transferred into the cabin.

Noise & vibration

6.0
Wind noise isn't much of an issue in the sleek Arteon, but the cabin gets surprisingly loud on the freeway due to plenty of tire noise. There's also not enough isolation from loud freeway traffic.

Climate control

8.5
The standard three-zone control with an optional rear-seat climate panel and heated rear outboard seats make this one of the more comprehensive climate systems in the class. VW's controls are straightforward enough, and the system does a good job adjusting to keep the car at your desired temperature.

Interior

7.5
The Arteon's interior is spacious and well-organized. Visibility is also excellent. While there are a lot of soft-touch materials, unimaginative texturing and placement mean the interior looks and feels a bit cheaper than it should.

Ease of use

7.0
Most of the primary controls are easy to use, and VW's 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.

Getting in/getting out

7.0
The low-slung body and sloping rear roofline mean getting into the rear seat requires some ducking. Luckily, the generous rear footroom and knee room help.

Driving position

7.0
The Arteon encourages you to sit lower to the floor, but there's enough adjustability in the steering column and seat to sit more upright if you want. Headroom becomes an issue for taller drivers who prefer an upright position. The pedals oddly feel a bit too close, so taller drivers will find their knees bent more when situated relative to the rest of the cabin controls.

Roominess

8.5
Front headroom and rear legroom, along with elbow and shoulder room, are good all around. Rear headroom only gets tight for passengers 6 feet tall or over. The Arteon also feels more open thanks to all the glass and light interior colors.

Visibility

8.0
It's pretty easy to see out of, especially for a coupe-style hatchback such as this. The long side windows provide good over-the-shoulder views, and the front roof pillars don't create much of a blind spot when turning. The small side mirrors are the only real issue.

Quality

6.5
The interior looks less rich than it is because even the soft-touch materials are molded with the same texture used in VW's hard plastics … and, yes, there are still hard plastics around. It's a weird mix: A lot of surfaces feel nice for a VW, but overall it falls short of what several competitors offer.

Utility

8.0
The Arteon offers an incredible trunk space, with a massive hatch opening and expansive cargo area. Unfortunately, small-item storage is lacking, with too-small trays and cubbies. You'll have issues even keeping a large smartphone within easy reach.

Small-item storage

6.0
There aren't a lot of interior storage options. The center armrest bin is shallow, and the phone cubby is undersized. The tandem cupholders are decently sized, and the door pockets are padded to keep stuff from knocking around, but there's a definite lack of space.

Cargo space

9.0
The Arteon's trunk is fantastic. The hatchback body provides lots of space and a big opening to make loading easy. At 27 cubic feet, maximum space dwarfs just about any competitor's figure in the segment. But the rear seats don't fold perfectly flat, so you can't slide long, heavy objects through easily.

Child safety seat accommodation

7.5
There's plenty of room for car seats, and the anchor points are covered with plastic sleeves that make them very easy to find and access. The sloping rear roofline means you'll be bending over a lot to manage things.

Technology

7.0
The Arteon offers a comprehensive set of technology features and sharp-looking interfaces along with standard smartphone integration. Unfortunately, Volkswagen's infotainment functionality feels a half-generation behind leading competitors.

Smartphone integration

7.0
While you get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, they don't integrate quite as well as in some competitors. For example, nav prompts and track listing info aren't displayed in the gauge cluster. (Honda has figured out how to make that work.)

Driver aids

7.0
Adaptive cruise is slow to accelerate after the car ahead pulls away. But we do like that it's not overly sensitive in braking, and it works in stop-and-go traffic. Blind-spot monitoring is standard, which helps compensate for the small side mirrors. Oddly, lane keeping assist is only available on the highest trim level.

Voice control

6.5
Volkswagen's integrated voice controls can be a bit finicky. You'll have to learn the system's specific phrasing to access various commands. The on-screen prompts help, but they don't solve the issue.

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Average user rating: 4.9 stars based on 10 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, A refined sport sedan that can bring the muscle!
Anthony,
SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

I purchased one of the first available fully loaded SEL Premium R-Line Arteon in New England. I was drawn by the shape, design, and performance of the Arteon. Car and Driver magazine selected the Arteon as one of the 15 most beautiful cars for 2019. If you don’t want the looks and stares from people or for them to come up and ask you about this car, I would say buy something else! When you get tired of the “comfort mode” and want performance just put it in the “sport mode” and use the paddle shifters for a more aggressive driving experience. The Arteon was rated at 27 mpg on the highway, but I have found surprisingly good fuel economy on the highway. Over the first 3K miles I am averaging between 32-34 mpg. It has an amazing cargo space with more than 27 cubic feet and with the seats down more than 50 cubic square feet. My favorite features include: the digital cockpit, 4Motion all-wheel drive, ventilated and massaging driver’s seat, 700 watt Dynaudio sound system, 360 degree camera, Apple Car Play, adaptive chassis control, and adaptive cruise control. All in all I am very pleased with the car. I would say it is not a true performance sedan, but rather a semi-luxury sedan that can be aggressive when you need it to be. It comes with a 6 year/72K miles limited warranty which is one of the best available. On the down side, I needed to buy a 12V-to-USB converter for the rear seat, as there are no rear seat USB outlets.

5 out of 5 stars, Premium At a good price
Angad Singh,
SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The Arteon is a beautiful car for enthusiasts looking for a spacious sedan. Based on it’s size it is right up there with the Audi A5 Sportback. The power is sufficient enough to coast through a highway at good speeds. The 260 Pound feet torque at low rpm makes it easy to take over. The car is huge on space. I am 6 feet tall and never had an issue with the space. The back seat is humongous and it could easily fit 3 at the back. The boot is spacious and stylish. The digital cockpit will be a nice addition along with an already excellent 8 inch infotainment screen with  Carplay standard. It is easy to maneuver in the city and an excellent drive on the highway. It’s a true Grand Touring Car.

5 out of 5 stars, Great Looking & a Pleasure to Drive
Dan G,
SE R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

My 2019 Manganese Gray Arteon SE R-Line is not only a good looking sedan but an overall pleasure to drive. The MSRP is a little steep on this car but you should be able to get a good price with a little effort making this a bargain for the quality and features that comes with this car. The engine is more than powerful enough to meet your everyday needs and effortlessly accelerates when needed. I was originally worried about driving on the 20” Rosario wheels but the suspension and multi-mode DCC adaptive chassis control make for a smooth drive unlike any of my previous cars. In addition, I have not experienced any Turbo lag as noted by a few professional reviewers who stomp on the gas expecting once again the performance of a VW Golf R - the Arteon is a GT not a Sports car. I was also impressed by how well the stock sound system performed, ease of use of the infotainment system, and all the space available in both the front and back seats along with the in creditable 27+ sf of rear cargo area available due to the Arteon being a Hatch/Liftback – who needs to drive a compact SUV when you have that much space in a great looking sedan. I am extremely happy with my purchase and once again have a smile on my face being in a car that is a true pleasure to drive.

5 out of 5 stars, Love it
First VW,
SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Just bought mine a week ago. Switched from an SUV. The digital display is beautiful, and the car handles great. Tight cornering, and the drive modes actually change the experience. Style is unique. Fun to drive, like it way better than the Accord. I can even fit 8' pieces of trim from the hardware store. Buy the SEL Premium w/OUT the R-Line. Save a ton, get better wheels, and only give up HUD. Only complaint - premium fuel and poor-ish fuel economy.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon Test Drive: A Flagship Sedan With Flair

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Test Drive: A Flagship Sedan With Flair

[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.

W's flagship sedan and successor to the Volkswagen CC, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, finally arrives on U.S. shores. Will Kaufman traveled to picturesque Central California for a test drive to find out what this 268-horsepower liftback sedan has to offer. Is this smart luxury on a budget or a mainstream car that's too big for its britches?

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Features & Specs

SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels features & specs
SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$46,210
MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower268 hp @ 5500 rpm
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SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD features & specs
SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$37,645
MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower268 hp @ 5500 rpm
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SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels features & specs
SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$41,760
MPG 22 city / 31 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower268 hp @ 5500 rpm
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SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels features & specs
SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$43,560
MPG 20 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower268 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Arteon safety features:

Park Assist
Measures the size of available curbside parking and helps the driver steer into the spot.
Forward Collision Warning
Warns if an imminent front collision is detected 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

Volkswagen Arteon vs. Kia Stinger

Like the Arteon, the Kia Stinger is an upscale hatchback that stands out from the crowd with its sporty appearance. It's also not as affordable as its Kia badge suggests, just like the VW. For the money, however, you do get a lot of features and superior performance with the Stinger. The fastback roofline does cut into rear headroom and visibility, but we expect the same from the Arteon. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Kia Stinger.

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Volkswagen Arteon vs. Volvo S60

The S60 is Volvo's entry-level luxury sedan. Volvo remains at the forefront of safety innovation, and the S60 has more in the way of automated driving assistance. There are also three engine choices to better suit some tastes. The Arteon, however, is more affordable.

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Volkswagen Arteon vs. Buick Regal Sportback

The Buick Regal Sportback is another premium hatchback you might be interested in. We like its powerful engines, quiet cabin and similar levels of versatility. Unfortunately, the interior quality is a little disappointing for the price, and its infotainment system leaves much to be desired.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Drive: VW's Flagship Charts a Course to Europe

Just Don't Call It the "People's Car"

Will Kaufman by Will Kaufman , Content Strategist and News EditorMay 7th, 2019

It's great to see Volkswagen bringing back some European flair into its American lineup. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is a successor to the Volkswagen CC, the car that brought coupe-like styling to the mainstream sedan market. The CC was popular for its sleek looks, but it also occupied a niche with essentially no direct competition. The story is different for the new Arteon.

The Arteon fits neatly in size in between the Audi A5 Sportback and the Audi A7, both pricier models from the Volkswagen Group's luxury arm. In fact, VW wants you to see the Arteon as a smart alternative to a luxury car, one that might appeal to you if you want luxury features and lots of passenger and cargo space at a more affordable price.

We can think of a couple other relatively new models that also try this approach: the Buick Regal Sportback and the Kia Stinger.

Price and Release Date

The Arteon SE starts at $36,840 including destination fees, which is about what a top-tier Accord stickers for. All-wheel drive is a $1,800 add-on. The loaded SEL Premium comes in at $45,940, and AWD is standard. The sporty R-Line package is another $1,265 or $1,765 depending on whether you get 19- or 20-inch wheels.

So, yes, it costs more than your typical VW. But the price isn't out of line for what the Arteon provides given that it's a reasonable step from other mainstream sedans and more affordable than luxury options. The Arteon is scheduled to start rolling out to dealerships in spring 2019.

Arteon and Science

Underneath its sleek new bodywork is a version of Volkswagen's MQB platform (which the company uses for just about everything in its lineup right now). Compared to the old CC, the Arteon is 2 inches longer and has a 5-inch-longer wheelbase (a measurement of the distance between the front and rear wheels). There's a lot of Audi in the design, but the dramatic-looking grille helps set it apart from anything else on the road right now.

The cabin design will be distinctly familiar to anyone who's driven an Atlas. The materials are a sight better, with more soft-touch touch points, but there's still a lot of plastic. Overall, it's more upscale than anything else VW sells in the United States — and it's certainly nicer than the Passat sedan — but it doesn't feel much nicer than a high-trim Accord, and it falls short of a Mazda 6 Signature.

It's also functionally the same size as an Accord, with a very similar length, wheelbase and passenger space. The Arteon does have an advantage with its fastback design, as the hatchback-based cargo area is very spacious and offers excellent access for loading and unloading. The cabin is roomy, with excellent amounts of legroom, although the sloping roofline means rear headroom is tight for adults above average height.

Volkswagen has added a few extras to keep rear passengers happy. Three-zone climate control is standard, so the rear can be kept at its own temperature, and the rear outboard seats are heated on the top SEL Premium trim level. The SEL Premium even gets a dedicated climate control panel in the back seat. The Arteon's frameless doors also mean that the side glass extends back past a rear passenger's shoulder, making the rear seat seem just that little bit more open.

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The only engine available in the United States is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder putting out 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the SE and SEL trim levels, and AWD is optional. An adaptive suspension with Comfort and Sport modes is also standard equipment.

We found the Arteon drives a great deal like an Audi. It's composed and stable, with excellent grip and responsiveness. It's not a sharp, shouty sport sedan like the Stinger GT, and it's not meant to be. The European combo of a strong engine, taut suspension tuning and communicative steering makes it rewarding to drive.

We weren't as impressed with the Arteon's ride quality, however. In Comfort mode (and riding on our tester's 18-inch wheels), it's compliant over small bumps and uneven pavement, making for an excellent freeway cruiser. Put it in Sport and the suspension firms up a bit to better resist body roll and make for much flatter cornering. Ride quality in this mode is still pretty agreeable.

Unfortunately, the suspension has its limits. Larger impacts overwhelm it and are transmitted into the cabin. For the most part, the Arteon comes across as a more refined vehicle than the typical midsize sedan, but drive over a big bump and the resulting shock breaks the illusion for a moment.

Also, while the Arteon's sleek shape keeps wind noise to a minimum, road and tire noise is more apparent over certain surfaces than in competitive midsize sedans.

An Arteon of Features

Even the standard Arteon comes well equipped. Standard highlights include LED headlights, keyless entry, power-adjustable heated seats, active safety features, an 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, and a pretty solid stereo system. Load the Arteon up and you get just about everything, including leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a 700-watt stereo, parking assist, a digital gauge cluster, and even a massaging driver's seat.

Everything we tried out in the Arteon works well, with the exception of smartphone integration. Not every manufacturer has figured out how to display nav prompts or track information from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in connected displays. Honda does it (in cars that support those features) but VW doesn't.

Aside from a few knocks, Volkswagen's tech looks great in the car and is easy to operate. The Arteon also stacks up well feature for feature against the Stinger or Regal GS.

The only option on the Arteon past the trim levels is the R-Line package. It adds some sporty exterior accents, larger wheels, wheel-mounted shifter paddles, and a Sport+ drive mode that sharpens the car up even more. The shifter paddles are nice touches that set the R-Line package apart in a more meaningful way.

Party On, Arteon

We can't help but think that your hardest decision to make will be between the Arteon and the Honda Accord Touring, which is a handsome, capable, well-equipped and upscale car in its own right. However, even with its strong turbocharged engine, it's simply not as dynamically satisfying as the Arteon. The Arteon also offers more style — in its subdued German way — that feels like a return to form for Volkswagen. Its strong engine and road manners (most of the time, anyway) are a big part of how it justifies its price tag and help it feel more like a near-luxury car.

The Arteon is a flagship for Volkswagen, and it sets a welcome course for the brand.

FAQ
Is the Volkswagen Arteon a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Arteon both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.5 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2019 Arteon gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 10 reviews) You probably care about Volkswagen Arteon fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Arteon gets an EPA-estimated 23 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 2019 Volkswagen Arteon?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon:

  • The Arteon is an all-new Volkswagen sedan-style hatchback
  • 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 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Arteon and gave it a 7.5 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2019 Arteon gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 10 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Arteon is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Volkswagen Arteon?

The least-expensive 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is the 2019 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 $35,845.

Other versions include:

  • SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $46,210
  • SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,645
  • SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,760
  • SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $43,560
  • SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $35,845
  • SEL 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,795
  • SE R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,610
  • SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $39,995
  • SEL Premium 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $44,945
  • SE R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $39,410
  • SE R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $37,110
  • SE R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $38,910
  • SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $46,710
  • SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $43,060
  • SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $41,260
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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 SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Arteon models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Overview

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is offered in the following submodels: Arteon Hatchback. Available styles include SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL Premium 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SE R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Arteon 4.9 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 2019 Arteon.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Arteon featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Volkswagen Arteon?
2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,140. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,333 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 17% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,025. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,145 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,145 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,880.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 15.7% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 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 $37,174. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,682 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,682 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,492.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 18% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,640. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,353 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,353 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,287.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 15.6% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,675. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,655 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,655 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,020.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/19" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 16.1% below the MSRP.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,025. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,214 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,214 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,811.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,590. The average price paid for a new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,491 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,491 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,099.

The average savings for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 13.2% below the MSRP.

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