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2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon ranks in the bottom third of the luxury small car class because it struggles to match the well-rounded performance and overall interior quality of its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Gentle ride
  • Spacious cabin
  • Huge cargo hold
  • Ho-hum gas mileage ratings
  • Not as sporty as rivals

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
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Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon a Good Used Car?

Despite its ranking, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is a good used luxury small car. There’s a lot to like about it, from its gentle and well-mannered ride to its impressive available high-tech features. Furthermore, thanks to its liftback design – it’s essentially a sedan with a hatch – this car has a tremendous amount of cargo space.

However, plenty of the Arteon’s rivals have more robust engines, sharper handling, and classier cabin materials. The 2019 BMW 3 Series is a more well-rounded car with dynamic handling, although used models are likely to be more expensive to purchase than used Arteons. On the other hand, you might consider the 2019 Volkswagen Passat. It’s not as upscale as the Arteon, but it is likely to be more affordable.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions with 18 professional Volkswagen Arteon reviews.

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How Much is the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon?

Based on listings for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, the average list price is $30,470. Prices range from $27,611 to $35,111 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Cost to Own?

We currently do not have projections for this VW’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance.

2018 vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon: What's the Difference?

Volkswagen launched the Arteon as an all-new vehicle for 2019, so there are no older models to choose from. However, you might want to consider the Arteon’s predecessor, the coupelike Volkswagen CC sedan, which was last produced for 2017. You can also check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon?

The 2019 Arteon has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon Recalls

There have been 1 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

SERVICE BRAKES Recall Date: 03/05/2020
  • Summary: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2019 Arteon vehicles. The electronic brake booster pressure input rod may be installed incorrectly, possibly causing an increased actuating force or a disconnected input rod. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 732
  • Consequence: An increased actuating force or a disconnected input rod may affect braking, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the mounting of the pressure rod only or replace the electronic brake booster and mounting of the pressure rod, depending of the inspection results, free of charge. The recall began April 3, 2020. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 47P8.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 47P8
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V135000

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Which Used Volkswagen Arteon Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is available in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Premium. All Arteon models come with an automatic transmission and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, so the main determinant comes down to features.

The SE has lots of tech and comfort amenities, but you’ll have to move to the SEL trim if you want the digital gauge cluster. Also, there’s an R-Line package that’s available in the SEL and standard in the SEL Premium, and it adds distinctive styling elements.

  • Volkswagen Arteon SE: Standard equipment in the SE includes an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also included are tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, V-Tex synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and alloy wheels. Standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Volkswagen’s post-collision braking is also included.
  • Volkswagen Arteon SEL: The SEL adds the 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit gauge cluster, navigation, remote start, genuine leather upholstery, a sunroof, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control. All-wheel drive is standard too.
  • Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium: The SEL Premium gains a 12-speaker Dynaudio premium stereo, ventilated front seats, a massaging driver’s seat, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a hands-free liftgate. Additional safety features include automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a park assist system, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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What Does Volkswagen's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Volkswagen offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles seven years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. You receive the balance of the new-car warranty when you purchase a CPO model. Depending on your car’s model year, you get a limited comprehensive warranty that takes effect once the new-car warranty has expired or on the sale date of the CPO VW vehicle. For 2018 and newer VWs, the limited comprehensive warranty is good for one year or 12,000 miles. The length of the warranty increases to two years or 24,000 miles for 2017-and-older gas, hybrid, and electric vehicles. Finally, 2016 and older TDI vehicles get a two-year/unlimited miles warranty.

VW CPO vehicles must pass a 100-plus-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, a Carfax vehicle history report, a three-month SiriusXM All-Access satellite radio trial subscription, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Volkswagen’s CPO program is the least robust of all auto manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Arteon?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Arteon the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. The IIHS uses a different scale to grade collision avoidance features. This fastback earned the top rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, while the standard vehicle-to-pedestrian system received the second-best rating of Advanced.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2019 Arteon.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Parallel and perpendicular park assist
  • Surround-view parking camera system

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon or 2019 Kia Stinger?

The VW Arteon may be a good used luxury small car, but the 2019 Kia Stinger outclasses it in almost every area. The Stinger is a liftback like the Arteon, and it has high-class cabin materials, oodles of standard features, and an intuitive infotainment system. Adding to the Kia’s appeal are its agile handling and punchy engine options. On top of that, it has great safety and predicted reliability ratings. The VW Arteon has more passenger and cargo space, but otherwise, the Stinger is the better vehicle.

Which Is Better: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon or 2019 Audi A5?

The 2019 Audi A5 is another great luxury car. It’s available in three body styles: a two-door coupe or convertible and a four-door Sportback. The Audi has a range of potent powertrains, especially in its S5 and RS5 performance models, and the base model’s engine is more fuel-efficient than the Arteon’s. Add in the Audi’s zestier handling, and it’s not hard to see why it comes out ahead.

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2019 Arteon Performance

How Does the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Drive?

The Arteon has a smooth ride. Every trim has an adaptive suspension that lets you adjust the ride for greater comfort or sportiness. Even in Sport Mode, this VW is not among the most athletic cars in the class, but it remains composed and poised around turns.

The turbo-four engine gets mixed reviews. Some critics say it offers plenty of power, but others note that the Arteon sometimes feels slow from a stop. The transmission also gets divided reviews. Some critics say it’s responsive, but others claim it’s too eager to upshift in the name of maximizing fuel economy.

  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base VW Arteon gets fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive lowers those figures to 20/27 mpg city/highway. Those figures are subpar for the luxury small car class.

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2019 Arteon Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Arteon Seat?

The 2019 VW Arteon has a liftback design. Basically, it’s a four-door sedan with a hatch, and it can seat up to five people. There’s plenty of space up front, and most adults have enough head- and legroom to sit comfortably in the back.

This Volkswagen has quality fit and finish and some handsome cabin materials, but it’s not as upscale as what you’ll find in rivals.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Massaging driver’s seat
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon?

This Volkswagen has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use, noting that the lower anchors can be hard to maneuver around.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Features

The infotainment system is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the touch screen is responsive, and the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit gauge cluster display reduces the need to look away from the road to review most functions. On the other hand, the touch screen is surrounded by buttons, many of which are either blank or touch sensitive.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, VW Car-Net App-Connect, a USB port, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, and a 12-speaker Dynaudio premium stereo
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start
  • Other available features: remote start and a panoramic sunroof

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon Dimensions

Volkswagen Arteon Cargo Space

Thanks to its hatchback design, the VW Arteon has an SUV-like 27.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Folding them down opens a total of 55 cubic feet. These are some of the largest figures among luxury small cars.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,655 to 3,854 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,740 to 4,938 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Built?

Volkswagen built the 2019 Arteon in Germany.

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