If you've resisted the push toward SUVs, and are willing to pay a premium for a stylish, upscale sedan with a VW badge on the hood, then the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is worth a look. When it comes down to it, though, as buyers demand more space, practicality and capability from their vehicles, the market for sedans is dwindling, and the market for upscale sedans from mainstream manufacturers is likely to be the first casualty. Additionally, while it's just now going on sale in the U.S., the Arteon has now been in production in other markets for over two years, so it isn't as "new" as you might think. Given all this combined with its steep price, unremarkable powertrain and VW's reputation for poor long-term reliability, the Arteon isn't an easy sell. Still, it's among the best looking vehicles on the market and comes with a great warranty. We just don't expect it to be a big seller here in the States. For some buyers though, that might make it even more appealing. Find a Volkswagen Arteon for sale
How Much Does a 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Cost?
While the Arteon technically comes in just two trim levels -- SE and SEL -- VW breaks the range out into five different models on the Arteon's online configurator. Only the base SE model is available with FWD -- all other trims come with AWD.
SE -- $35,845
The Base Arteon comes with FWD, along with LED lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers, access to VW's CarNet app connect system and selectable drive modes along with a dynamic chassis control system, which allows you to adjust the firmness of the shock absorbers. 18-in wheels come standard, as do heated front seats and an 8-in infotainment screen.
SE 4Motion -- $37,645
The SE 4Motion adds AWD to the base SE trim at a premium of $1,800.
SEL 4Motion -- $41,795
SEL models come with leather seating, navigation, a digital gauge cluster, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, ambient interior lighting and more.
SEL R-Line 4Motion -- $43,560
R-Line models gain a unique front bumper and wheels along with 'R-Line' badging.
SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion -- $46,210
At the top of the lineup sits the SEL Premium R-Line model. In addition to everything offered on lesser trims, the Arteon SEL Premium comes with a Dynaudio-branded premium sound system, a massaging driver's seat, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and standard 19-in wheels or optional 20s.
The Arteon comes with a comprehensive array of available active safety features, although many are reserved for upper trims. Blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection are standard, while adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist, a 360-degree camera with park assist and front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic monitoring with rear cross-traffic braking are all introduced on upper trims. Since numerous economy cars from other automakers offer these features as standard, we'd like to see VW make more available on lower trims.
Third-party crash test results for the Arteon have yet to be released.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs the competition
2019 Volkswagen GLI -- Like the Arteon, the GLI is all-new for 2019. While it's FWD only, the GLI comes in at a much lower price than the Arteon, and offers dialed in driving dynamics shared with its hatchback counterpart, the GTI.
2020 Audi A4 -- No, the Arteon isn't just a rebadged A4, but the two vehicles come from the same parent company and utilize similar powertrains. Additionally, both are available with AWD. While the Arteon is a premium car wearing an economy car badge, the A4 actually wears a luxury car emblem, which is likely to give it broader appeal. The A4 starts at about $40,000 and tops out at around $55,000.
2019 Honda Accord -- Staying away from a German car altogether might be a good idea, given the maintenance issues that can arise once the miles start to add up. The recently redesigned Accord offers industry-leading resale value, good driving dynamics and a sleek, modern design.
2020 Hyundai Sonata -- The Sonata will be all-new for 2020, and wears coupe-like styling, just like the Arteon. While pricing of the new Sonata has yet to be announced, expect it to cost significantly less than the VW. Hyundai's interiors have come a long way in the past few years, and combined with the company's knack for offering potent turbocharged powertrains, expect the Sonata to offer considerably more value than the Arteon.
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