2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review
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
- 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
- The Arteon is an all-new Volkswagen sedan-style hatchback
- Part of the first Arteon generation introduced for 2019
|Overall||7.5 / 10|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Most helpful consumer reviews
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.
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.
SEL R-Line 4dr Hatchback w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I'm now 6 weeks into my lease of a new 2019 VW Arteon SEL R-Line. I've read every YouTube and car magazine review, test drove the Arteon and sedans like it multiple times... and then saw the deal being offered directly by VW (the best way to go into a dealer for a lease or purchase). The "incentive" offered on this model, spec'd as I wanted it (SEL & an R-Line), was $10,200(!) off MSRP (or cap reduction for lease) of $43,225. Sold. Sold. Sold! I have not seen a 2020 Arteon in any Phoenix VW dealer yet, so their inventories are of the 2019s. Everything about this car is top shelf. Fit and finish is superb, as you expect fr the Germans, gas mileage has exceeded the EPA estimates, and handling is like a car costing $20K more. The tech and safety is state-of-the-art, and oh yeah... the bumper-to-bumper warranty on the 2019s is 6 yrs/72,000 miles. What?! Lol. Pure joy to drive short or long distance (in whatever mode you're feeling: Economy, Comfort, Sport, or "Custom") and, I have effortlessly done 120mph when these flat, never-ending Arizona highways are Covid empty. Might even buy a SirriusXM subscription after my 3-month trial runs out... the music system sounds that good. Also enjoy the large sunroof, the paddle shifters when I gotta beat the BMW 3-series anything, and the digital dash ("gauge cluster" - those Germans!) In conclusion, no I do not work for VW, or any company related to, or working with VW in any way whatsoever. I just think it's an awesome car, (now) at a great price. Like one of the other reviewers commented, its a stunningly attractive body shape, unique, with folks constantly admiring it, asking me about it, saying, "that's a VW?" I smile, nod, and remotely start & unlock the car. Prost! ("cheers" in German).
Arteon Owner 3485,01/01/2020
SEL R-Line 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD w/20" Wheels (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
First .. don't be fooled by the MSRP prices. Dealers very willing to heavily discount. More than 10% as we closed out 2019. With the discounts we are at pricing similar to a high end Accord or Camry or an Outback. And much nicer car than these with much more exclusivity. Why compare to an Outback? Because interior cargo space is in similar ballpark. Not as big but incredible for a great looking sedan like vehicle. The car is beautiful from almost every angle and the interior is first rate. Ignore some of the reviews saying interior is not up to Audi standards. I liked the Arteon more than the Audi A5 and the leasing costs were much much less than the Audi. Power is amazing when you use the paddle shifters. Just OK when the automatic transmission does it. I love the car. Rides much better than the Volvo S90 I just turned in, off lease. Only real complaint .. initial quality is just OK. Two weeks after delivery I have it in the shop for some minor fixes including an annoying vibration sound. But VW is great. They think it is the sunroof and are considering replacing the roof to eliminate the sound. Overall .. I highly recommend the car. Incredible cargo space, very fast if you do the shifting yourself, beautiful interior and exterior and pricing in hi end Honda and Toyota range after discounts.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Arteon models:
- 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.