Volkswagen has recently unveiled their 2019 Arteon. Here’s all you need to know about it.
When you think of luxury, you don’t tend to think of Volkswagen. Volkswagen is more synonymous with reliable, boring, and occasionally cheating on its emissions tests. That’s why the German carmaker has struggled to make inroads in the luxury market alongside its bigger brothers BMW and Mercedes.
For the longest time, the most luxurious four-door sedan Volkswagen could offer was the CC Passat, which stood for “Comfort Coupe” despite the fact it was neither comfortable nor a coupe. Consequently, sales were abysmal. Volkswagen needed to head back to the drawing board.
When they came back in March 2017, they brought with them the Arteon, a lovely looking 4-door sedan that seemed like a Volkswagen rebranding of the Audi A5 (Audi being under the command of Volkswagen for some time), but the company insisted it was all VW.
And now they have a new one. For the 2019 model year, the Arteon will come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, outputting 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque - a respectable amount for a stately luxury sedan. Attached is an eight-speed automatic pushing the front wheels, but 4Motion all-wheel drive is an available option on every trim level.
Speaking of trims, the Arteon has three: SE, SEL, and SEL Premium. As befitting a luxury car, the base level SE comes with a bevy of standard features, such as adaptive damping system, proximity-key entry, three-zone automatic climate control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
With all that, why would you even bother with SEL and SEL Premium? Well, the higher trim levels come with a digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, and driver assist technologies like adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.
Wheels are 18-inches as standard, but you can spring for 19-inch wheels if your neighbor has a Mercedes and you’re feeling a little inadequate.
There’s no pricing on the Arteon yet, but the next VW car down, the Passat, tops out at around $34,0000-35,000, so you can expect that’s where the base-level Arteon will start.