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2017 Volkswagen CC vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon: What's the Difference?

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  • The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon replaces the CC as VW's flagship sedan.

  • Coupe-like styling sets both cars apart aesthetically from competing midsize family cars.

  • The all-new Volkswagen Arteon is a more upscale take on the midsize fastback than the discontinued CC.

The midsize sedan market is one that's been in a decline for the past few years. Despite decreasing sales, Volkswagen is coming out with an all-new flagship sedan to replace the discontinued CC. The CC was distinct for its coupe-like styling, well-appointed interior and respectable performance. The Arteon aims to improve on all of those characteristics, while serving as a more affordable alternative to a sedan from a luxury brand.

Let's take a look at what's similar and what's different between the 2017 Volkswagen CC and the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.

2017 Volkswagen CC vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Exterior

The CC and the Arteon have similar profiles with sloping rooflines making them look like coupes despite their 4-door convenience. The fastback styling sets these Volkswagens apart from more conventional choices in the midsize segment like the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry and Volkswagen's own Passat.

The exterior dimensions of the Arteon and the CC are almost identical with the Arteon being a little longer. It's sized right in line with the other midsize sedans on the market today.

The Arteon has a more upscale look than the outgoing CC. The CC had its own distinct shape, but it had a lot of visual cues that it shared with other Volkswagens, particularly the front end. The Arteon, on the other hand, doesn't have much in common visually with any other Volkswagen.

The CC was starting to look a little stale by the time it got to its final model year of 2017, and the fresh, new look of the Arteon means the VW is likely to turn more heads.

2017 Volkswagen CC vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Interior

The interior of the CC was nice and more upscale than a lot of its high-volume competitors, but it wouldn't be mistaken for a proper luxury fastback like an Audi A5. The Arteon's interior has a more premium-looking design with nice materials and controls that are both stylish and ergonomic.

Despite its sloping roofline, there's plenty of room to fit four adults comfortably in the Arteon and the CC, but there are a few sedans in this segment where the back-seat passengers will be more comfortable. Back-seat headroom is a bit lacking in the back of the CC and the back of the Arteon is a bit roomier. The fact that the Arteon is a true fastback and technically has a hatch rather than a trunk means there's plentiful room for cargo.

For a 4-door that splits the difference between volume car and luxury car, the CC's interior is nice, but the Arteon's interior is a step closer to a true luxury car.

2017 Volkswagen CC vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Mechanicals

The 2017 VW CC was available with two different engines under the hood and the Arteon has one engine option. The CC could be had with a manual (4-cylinder only) or an automatic transmission, but the Arteon's only transmission option is an 8-speed automatic.

2017 Volkswagen CC Engines

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four; 208 horsepower, 210 lb-ft of torque; 22 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving.

  • 3.6-liter V6; 295 hp, 260 lb-ft of torque; 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Engine

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four; 268 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque; Fuel economy unknown

At the time of writing, there is no official fuel economy rating for the sole engine in the VW Arteon. Reviews state that the average fuel economy in combined driving is right around 30 mpg, so we expect the Arteon's engine to be a little more efficient than the 4-cylinder in the CC accompanied by its much-improved performance numbers.

The CC and the Arteon both come with front-wheel drive as standard and are available with all-wheel drive. However, 4Motion AWD was only available on the V6-equipped CC. AWD is a nice option that isn't very common in similar midsize 4-doors making these Volkswagens good for snowy climates where AWD is especially useful.

It would be nice to see a V6 available under the hood of the Arteon, but we think the improved 4-cylinder is an adequate powerplant for this premium family car. The optional AWD gives it an extra edge over many of its competitors.

2017 Volkswagen CC vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Technology

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is loaded with technology that makes your drive both safer and more enjoyable. Available safety tech includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, high beam assist, lane assist, rear cross-traffic assist, forward-collision warning, a parking steering assistant, a 360-degree camera and more.

As for connectivity tech, the 2017 CC and the 2019 Arteon are both equipped with an infotainment system that gives you Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Arteon is also available with a Dynaudio premium sound system and a customizable, high-resolution digital cockpit.

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is a nice technological showcase of what Volkswagen has to offer.

2017 Volkswagen CC vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Pricing

Pricing has not yet been announced for the 2019 Arteon in the U.S., but we have an idea of how much it will cost based on the CC and VW's current lineup. The CC was priced in the mid-$30,000 range, which was above the Jetta and the Passat. Right now, the price of the Passat is in the mid-$20,000 range and we're expecting the Arteon to start in the mid- to high-$30,000 range. Without knowing the actual price, it's hard to say whether the Arteon is a good value.

2017 Volkswagen CC vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Conclusion

The Volkswagen CC was an interesting spin on the premium, midsize 4-door sedan and the Arteon is an even more interesting progression of that idea. With a stylish look, a premium interior and lots of desirable tech, the Arteon will have a lot to offer when it arrives in dealers in early 2019. The Arteon's sole engine isn't anything too exciting, but for a comfortable, high-tech grand tourer, this Volkswagen is an interesting alternative to the more mainstream choices.

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