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.
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.
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.
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