2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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2020 Volkswagen Arteon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Krishna Choubey Automobile Journalist Updated on: November 28, 2019


After a gap of two years, Volkswagen has finally released the Arteon in its US dealerships in April 2020. Assembled in Volkswagen’s Emden plant in Germany, it is slated as a successor to the outgoing CC model, technically. However, the Arteon is an all-new product and is more grown-up as compared to the CC.

Built on the trustworthy MQB platform, it encompasses a longer and wider body that translates into generous cabin and boot space. The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon shares nothing with the CC except the dramatic silhouette, and even that, now more closely resembles the Audi’s, rather than the CC.

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Pros

Better interior space

Larger cargo area

Frameless doors in its class

Extensive technology and luxury features

Exquisite styling

Cons

Interior appointments could have been better

Powertrain doesn't feel as punchy as its rivals

What's New?

All new model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35845

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

268 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1950 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

MQB

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.5/62.1

dimensions

wheelbase

111.9 in.

length

191.4 in.

width

73.7 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3655 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

55 cu ft.

payload capacity

893 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

5.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/31 mpg

highway range

539.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

6 yr. / 72000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 72000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 72000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Volkswagen Arteon in Chili Red Metallic color  2020 Volkswagen Arteon in Deep Black Pearl color  2020 Volkswagen Arteon in Kurkuma Yellow Metallic color  2020 Volkswagen Arteon in Pure White color
Chili Red Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Volkswagen Arteon SE

SE

power
268 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$35,845 - $37,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $35,845 MSRP (22/25/31) 268 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SE 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $37,645 MSRP (20/23/27) 268 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Volkswagen Arteon SE R-Line

SE R-Line

power
268 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$37,110 - $39,410



 2020 Volkswagen Arteon SEL

SEL

power
268 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$39,995 - $41,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $39,995 MSRP (22/25/31) 268 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SEL 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,795 MSRP (20/23/27) 268 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Volkswagen Arteon SEL R-Line

SEL R-Line

power
268 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$41,260 - $43,560



 2020 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium

SEL Premium

power
268 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$44,945


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL Premium 4MOTION 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $44,945 MSRP (20/23/27) 268 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line

SEL Premium R-Line

power
268 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$46,210 - $46,710


Expert Review

7.5

Overall Rating


Filling in the shoes of the CC, the Arteon now sits atop the Volkswagen table and is ornamented just how a top of the line VW should. The sleek exterior sheet, near-luxury fit and finish, along with a plethora of advanced technology, very well complement its positioning.

It is currently available in the United States with just a 2.0-liter motor that comes paired to an 8 speed automatic. Buyers get three different trim lines to pick from along with an optional R-Line sport appearance package.

Riding on VW’s subtleness and Audi’s exclusivity, and with prices ringing in from $35,840 and up, the Arteon goes against established Asians like the Nissan Maxima and Kia Stinger. However, how well the Arteon would fair out in the current crossover revolution, remains a major concern though.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Front Three-quarter View
2020 Volkswagen Arteon Front Three-quarter View
2020 Volkswagen Arteon Rear Three-quarter View
2020 Volkswagen Arteon Rear Three-quarter View

7.0/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Features

7.0/10

Trims and features

In 2017, its final production year model, the CC was rolled out with just a single 2.0 liter engine in the United States, and with the Arteon, Volkswagen seems to have started off from where it left. The only engine option available to American buyers with the Arteon, is the EA888 2.0 Liter turbocharged, in-line 4 engine, paired with an 8 speed automatic transmission. However, buyers get to choose from three available trims, the base SE, mid range SEL and the range topping SEL Premium, with the opening up of more premium and luxury features as you move up the trim order. 

Trims

SE

SEL

SEL Premium

MSRP

$36,840

$40,990

$45,940

Engine

2.0 Liter I-4

2.0 Liter I-4 2.0 Liter I-4

Features

Adaptive dampers system

Adds to SE -

Adds to SEL -

 

Proximity-key entry

Remote start

Paddle shifters

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

Nappa leather upholstery

Cooled front seats and heated rear seats

 

Forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking

12.3-inch digital gauge cluster

Massaging driver's seat

 

Blind-spot monitoring

Adaptive cruise control 

Power liftgate

 

8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality

Panoramic sunroof

Premium audio system

 

Heated power front seats

 

Heated steering wheel

The 4motion all wheel drive system comes standard with the loaded SEL Premium, and is available as an $1800 option on the front wheel driven lower trims. There's also an available R-Line sport appearance package brings along a different front fascia, either 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, a black rear spoiler, metal-look interior trim, contrast stitching inside, and R-Line badges. The R-Line package can be paired with any of the three trims at a premium of $1265 with the 19 inch wheels and $1765 with the 20 inch wheels.

We recommend

We would recommend considering the top of the line SEL premium trim level. The Arteon is a very niche car, and it would certainly appeal to a small group of people who want luxury, refinement and exclusivity from a mainstream car brand. Keeping in view the sale figures of the CC, it's very likely that the Arteon too is not going to generate large volumes, especially in the present day SUV culture. It is very likely that those fewer and rare customers who would go with this rare coupe sedan would prefer to have it with all the bells and whistles.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon front
2020 Volkswagen Arteon front
2020 Volkswagen Arteon rear
2020 Volkswagen Arteon rear

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Engine and Performance

"Despite the large opening for the rear hatch, the Arteon’s unibody chassis felt tight, and the VW’s ’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine -- which produces 268 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at only 1,950 rpm -- didn’t feel overwhelmed by the Arteon’s approximately 3,500-pound curb weight". - Kelly Blue Book

The Arteon features a similar 2.0 liter engine which the last generation CC came with, but thanks to the fine tuning and updated turbocharger, Arteon’s 2.0 liter turbo churns out a healthy 268 horses and 258 ft-lbs of torque.

Models

VW Arteon

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q50

Nissan Maxima

Kia Stinger

MSRP

$36,840

$33,000

$35,650

$34,050

$32,990

Engine

2.0 Liter I-4

2.4 Liter I-4

2.0 Liter I-4

3.5 Liter V6

2.0 Liter I-4

Transmission

8 Speed Auto

8 Speed automated manual

7 Speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8 Speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

268

206

208

300

255

Torque

258 ft-lbs

182 ft-lbs

258 ft-lbs

261 ft-lbs

260 ft-lbs


On paper though, the power output is certainly impressive from a small 2.0 engine but things change once you start driving it around town. The engine feels adequately powered. It does not feel underpowered, but it is not as exciting as the Nissan Maxima or the Kia Stinger either.

On the transmission front, the 8 speed auto is a CVT, not a DSG and it does shift smooth at city speeds, however it is not as spirited as the audi A5’s dual clutch. At higher speeds the transmission’s response might get messy at times, and the available paddle shifters seem somewhat like an aesthetic addition. There is barely any noticeable change in the engagement of those paddles in different drive modes. Put the Arteon in sport or manual mode, the feedback from the paddles remain pretty much the same.

Overall the engine and the transmission set-up is not as promising as its exterior, and the Arteon is tuned for comfort and efficiency rather than sportiness. With a weight of around 3800 lbs, and lying in the $35k - $45k, we would have loved to see the Arteon with a bigger and aggressive engine as well as a more responsive transmission.

Acceleration

In the acceleration as well, again the old-school transmission lets the Arteon down. Although it hits the 60 miles threshold in just about 6.0 seconds, which is better than the competition, but surprisingly it does not feel as quick and energetic as the Maxxima or Stinger. 

Models

VW Arteon

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q50

Nissan Maxima

Kia Stinger

0-60 MPH

6.0 Seconds

7.6

6.9

6.3

6.6

Quarter mile

14.5 Seconds

15.8

15.2

14.7

15.0

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.1

6.6

7.1

7.4

7.0

There is no launch control and hence you need to crack it straight off, and it cracks pretty softly off the line. It's more premium sibling, the Audi A5, despite having lower horsepower, feels peppier and edgy, that's the difference which the A5’s dual clutch transmission makes. We could only wish that the Arteon inherited the transmission of its elder sibling. The two liter turbo seems a bit laid-down in the lower revv counts, but gradually gets more enthusiastic after 2500 rpm when the turbo kicks in. 

Ride and Handling

It's the ride and handling department where the Arteon shows its true character and what it is tailored for. The ride quality is smooth and all day comfortable with the softer suspension soaking up bumps really well and it feels strong and confident every time you take it out for a spin.

The standard adaptive dampers do not complement the ride quality in a good way, as is the case with most ‘sport’ oriented cars. Switch it into sport mode and the suspension stiffens up very noticeably. It does not get too harsh but yes, you do start receiving a fairly audible communication between the wheels and the road.

The Arteon is a large car and also has a hefty mass behind its body, but thankfully it handles just the way you would expect it to. It feels very firm and planted in comfort mode, and handles corners without any fuss or fumble. There is barely any amount of body roll that one could notice. The steering wheel is precise and accurate, delivering good feedback, but again it is not something that would delight you up.

Overall, on the road the Arteon behaves like a premium sedan should. Although with its design, the turbo engine, and the sporty suspension set-up, Volkswagen is pushing the Arteon as a sport sedan, but the Arteon certainly lacks the sporty gene of an A5, or S3. What it feels like is a more premium and refined Passat.

Braking

Although the 2020 Arteon might not be as sporty to drive, as Volkswagen projects it, but it does get a sports car like braking accessories, in fact it gets the largest front rotors among its segment. All the four corners are monitored by ventilated discs and ABS as well

Models

VW Arteon

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q50

Nissan Maxima

Kia Stinger

Brake Front (in.)

13.4

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

12.2

12.1

12.1

12.4

60-0 MPH (ft)

114

120

NA

125

NA

The Arteon really impresses with its braking. Although you don't get a very firm and confident pedal feel, but the brakes are very good in their business, making the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon stop from 0-60 in just 114 feet.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Fuel Economy

Even with a smaller engine that is more oriented toward efficiency, the Arteon does not impresses with its fuel economy. In fact it delivers the least number of miles per gallon among the competition.

Models

VW Arteon

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q50

Nissan Maxima

Kia Stinger

MPG (city)

20

23

23

20

22

MPG (highway)

27

33

30

30

29

MPG (combined)

23

27

25

24

25

Surprisingly though, even the Nissan Maxima, which features the biggest engine among the lot, a 3.5 liter V6, promises better economy than the Arteon, thanks to its better power to weight ratio. The Arteon is also the heaviest among the competition, and what it means is that it has a poor power to weight ratio, which also reflects in its fuel consumption.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Interior

7.5/10

"It’s all very Volkswagen inside, that’s to say neatly designed and easy to operate, the centre dash dominated by a large touch screen containing plentiful info and entertainment options." - TopGear

Seating and comfort

The seats of the arteon live up to its luxury expectations. They are super comfortable with good bolstering and under-thigh support. The seats are very well cushioned and the Nappa leather treatment feels very soft to touch. The front seats also come with 12 way power adjustment, two person memory and yes they are heated and ventilated too. The front seats also get massage facility, which is not as good as an Audi or Mercedes though, but is still appreciable in a Volkswagen. 

Models

VW Arteon

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q50

Nissan Maxima

Kia Stinger

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/56.5/41.2

37.2/57.5/42.6

40.2/56.7/44.5

39.4/56.7/45.0

38.3/56.4/42.6

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.0/54.7/40.2

36.7/55.4/34.5

37.5/56.1/35.1

36.7/55.7/34.2

37.0/54.8/36.4

Apart from the seats, other touch points, like the dashboard, door panels, armrest and sides of the center console, all of these are covered with soft touch material, adding up to the luxury quotient of the Arteon.

Above all, because of its stretched body, the seats get generous space all around. There is plenty of legroom and headroom for average passengers, even in the back seat. However, taller occupants might feel a bit cramped in the rear seat because of the sloping roof line. Rest assured, the seats of the Arteon are undoubtedly among the best in its price range.

Infotainment

At the heart of the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon’s infotainment lies an 8.0 inch touchscreen display and a 12.3 inch drivers display borrowed from Audi. The infotainment Comes standard with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and MirrorLink Smartphone Integration. The screen is responsive to the touch and comes with a hassle-free user interface. 

Interior features

  • 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment
  • 12.3 inch drivers display
  • Satellite radio
  • Overhead console with storage
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Three zone climate control
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Electric power steering
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • 8- way power, heated front seats
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • Split-folding rear seatback

Cargo

The Arteon is not only sharper on the outside but is also smarter on the inside. Volkswagen’s design team carved out a class-leading 27.2 cu-ft of trunk space despite the coupe profile. The secret lies in the fact that how thoughtfully the stretched up dimensions have been utilized. Not only this, the rear hatchback profile allows folding the rear seats down, that opens up crossover like staggering 55 cu-ft of boot space.

Models

VW Arteon

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q50

Nissan Maxima

Kia Stinger

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

27.2 

14.3

13.2

14.3

23.3

The hatchback design certainly provides an edge to modern day four door coupes, over similar alternative sedans. The new flamboyant segment of cars benefit from their generally long wheelbase and a larger opening rear hatch, to offer generous cargo room, over regular sedans.

The same formula works with the competition here. The similar styled Stinger GT too gets the fastback advantage, but not as efficiently as the Arteon does. The Stinger offers a healthy 23.3 cu-ft of cargo area which is way more than the other conventional sedans in the segment like the Q50, Maxima or the TLX. 

 

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Exterior

"The Arteon won't inspire envy from A5 Sportback owners, however it is a far more pleasing shape than theNissan Maxima,Toyota Avalon, orAcura TLX." - MotorTrend

Design and Dimension

The Arteon draws its name from the amalgamation of two words, Artem and Phideon. Artem in Latin means art and Phideon was Volkswagen’s most premium sedan. The Arteon nomenclature certainly reflects Volkswagen’s idea of presenting the Arteon as their best artwork yet and it certainly is one.

In comparison to its predecessor, the Arteon’ wheelbase is 5.0 inches longer, along with the addition of 2.5 inches in the overall body length and 0.7 inches in both width and height. This new VW flagship is now the longest sedan in its family tree, surpassing even the Passat.

The exterior frame of the Arteon is an effortlessly carved piece. Despite of its aggravated proportions it doesn't look like a large sedan and even the dramatic exterior silhouette is not as contentious as something like the Mercedes GLC coupe. What's most interesting with the Arteon is that its not instantly recognizable as a regular Volkswagen. Thanks to VW’s brilliant commixture of aggression and sleekness. 

The refreshed chin up front now wears a larger chrome studded grille that gives the front fascia a wider and lower appeal. The headlights are full LED units and are standard across all trims. We also love the way the LED DRLs and turn signals beautifully integrate into the chrome strips runnings across the grille. The available R-Line package adds black accents on the grille and the larger and aggressive front air intakes. The underpinnings like the frameless windows and racy chrome highlights on the side profile, borrowed from its larger siblings, do make it recognizable as a Volkswagen group product. There's no other car maker out there which blends sleekness and fanciness better than Volkswagen group, especially in four door coupes.

The exquisite design theme is carried to the rear as well. The rear end looks minimalistic yet mesmerizing, thanks to the all new LED lights housing which is as slender as those in the Audi’s. To further accentuate things, there is a bolder bumper with a horizontal chrome strip running toward the bottom, underneath which sits the two chrome tip exhausts.

Models

VW Arteon

Acura TLX

Infiniti Q50

Nissan Maxima

Kia Stinger

Length (in)

191.4

190.7

189.6

192.8

190.2

Width (in)

73.7

73.0

71.8

73.2

73.6

Height (in)

56.5

57.0

57.2

56.5

55.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.4

5.8

5.0

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

111.9

109.3

112.2

109.3

114.4

Track width (in) F/R

62.5/62.1

62.8/63.1

60.8/61.6

62.4/62.4

62.8/64.8

Curb weight (lbs)

3854

3505

3671

3552

3611

Overall, the Arteon is undoubtedly the better looking car in the competition. The Kia Stinger and the Nissan Maxima try their best to match the exquisiteness of the Arteon. They even come close, but not close enough.

Exterior features

  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Frameless windows
  • Heated power folding side-view door mirrors with turn signal indicator
  • Front bumper with black rub strip
  • Chrome rear bumper insert
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers.
  • Fully galvanized steel body material

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Safety

Safety and Reliability

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon is the top of the line product in the German marquee’s line-up. Needless to say, it comes dressed with Safety equipment just how a flagship should, packing in most of the advanced safety features that one would expect from its class.

Safety Features

  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Blind spot warning accident avoidance system
  • Pre and post- collision safety system
  • Emergency braking preparation
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Rear view camera

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Competition

2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs Acura TLX

The Acura TLX comes very close to the Arteon in the competition. It is well built, has premium interiors, offers good ride quality and is also aptly packed with features and tech. Where the Tlx falls short is its bland driving character. The underpowered powertrain is not as exciting as the Arteon, and most importantly it also lacks the styling flair and presence of the Arteon, and it also has nearly half sized boot than the Arteon.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50, has a lot to offer. It looks premium, and has premium materials on the inside too along with a powerful engine, that makes it fun to drive. However, where the TLX really struggles with its outdated interior design, lack of advanced technology and a smaller boot space.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs Nissan Maxima

The Maxima is undoubtedly one of the most promising cars in the segment. It looks stylish, is extremely fun to drive, offers great handling, and offers a cushy ride too. However, compared to the Arteon, it feels marginally behind because of its tighter cabin space, limited number of driving aids and a much smaller cargo area.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs Kia Stinger

The Stinger is one car which is very hard to beat for any new entrant. It is extremely stylish to look at, and flaunts a similar sportback design as the Arteon. On the driving front, it is one of the most exciting vehicles to drive in its class, thanks to its sporty character. However what might make the Arteon more pleasing over the Stinger, is the Arteon’s sleek and seductive very German profile and its plusher interior appointments. 

2020 Volkswagen Arteon Final Verdict

If you're looking for a vehicle in the premium midsize sedan segment with your priorities beeing an eye-catching design, near luxury fit and finish along with a good sense of practicality, the Arteon is one car that checks all these boxes. However if you are willing to compromise on the aforementioned priorities, there are much better driving cars than the Arteon in the segment, like the Nissan Maxima and the Kia Stinger.