Volkswagen Arteon

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon comes in 4 possible trims: SE, SEL, SEL R-Line and the SEL Premium R-Line. This Volkswagen sedan is powered by a 268-hp turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Besides the SEL Premium trim, which is all-wheel drive only, most models offer standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.

The Arteon comes standard with adaptive suspension dampers and comes with several different driving modes including, Comfort, Normal and Sport. Drivers can expect great fuel economy with the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon, front-wheel drive models are rated at 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive models have a slight decrease but can still reach up to 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.

The base SE Arteon comes stock with a handful of premium features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone front automatic climate control, VW's App-Connect featuring Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration, KESSY keyless entry with pushbutton start, power heated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen and an 8-speaker sound system with SiriusXM and HD radio.

The mid-level SEL model adds even more standard features, such as adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, leather seating, power sunroof, power folding outside mirrors, remote engine start, a voice-activated navigation system, a 3-position driver seat memory and Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit display. The SEL R-Line trim adds dark graphite 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear lip spoiler, sporty styling cues both inside and out along with a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters.

The SEL Premium R-Line adds a 12-speaker 700-watt premium sound system, heated steering wheel, real-time weather and traffic display, separate rear HVAC controls, heated and cooled front seating, heated rear seats and auto high-beam headlights. The high-end model also comes standard with several safety features including Lane Keeping System, Park Distance Control, Active Side Assist blind-spot monitoring and Area View camera system and tracker system.

Standard safety features on the Arteon include 8-airbag system with side-curtain airbags that cover front and rear occupants, blind spot warning, a Front Assist forward-collision warning system with Autonomous Emergency Braking, hydraulic brake assist, Rear Traffic Alert, Pedestrian Monitoring and perimeter approach lights.

Optional equipment for the 2020 Arteon include an extended range remote and starter for the SE model, a Bumperdillo protection plate for rear bumper, a rear deck lid lip spoiler for the SE and SEL models, a roadside assistance kit, luggage net, wheel splash guards and a rubber mats kit.

Editors' Review

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Volkswagen says the 2019 Arteon is its flagship, and the spiritual successor to the recently departed CC. That's all true, don't get me wrong, but calling the Arteon an expensive Vee-Dub sells this car short.

Instead, think of the Arteon as an Audi A7 for half the price. It offers great style and premium accommodations, and it ain't too shabby to drive, either. Wrap all that up in a package that starts under $40,000, and you'll find the Arteon is a serious luxury bargain with very little in the way of compromise.

Don't call it a sedan

The Arteon makes a killer first impression. We're living in the age of the massive, non-functional grille, but the Arteon wears its wide, slatted mug with pride. I like how the LED running lights are integrated into the design of the grille's horizontal bars. And while the car you see here uses the Arteon's standard front-end design, R-Line models bring larger air dams that add purposeful aggression to the lower sides of the front fascia.

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The Good The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has a smooth, turbocharged engine, and packs enough style and luxury that it can compete with cars costing twice as much.

The Bad A lot of premium tech features and advanced driving aids are only available on the most expensive SEL Premium 4Motion model.

The Bottom Line With its smooth on-road demeanor and appealing exterior, the Arteon feels like a serious luxury bargain.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 9.5
  • Media 8.5

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