As the Volkswagen CC rode off into the sunset with the 2017 model year, the Arteon – a similar but even more upscale large sedan – swooped in to take its place. It made its official North American debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, and it’s now on sale as a 2019 edition.
This largest VW sedan is built for premium feel and performance, and its appearance reflects that. It’s long, sleek, wide, and racy-looking, with its fastback-style tapered roofline. The cabin is plush and uncluttered, with available upgrades for a modern digital cockpit and added sporty appearance elements. The Arteon is covered by The People First Warranty for 6 years/72,000 miles of protection; this coverage is fully transferable to a new owner.
Power and Fuel Economy
The powertrain is a 2.0-liter 268 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic (Tiptronic manumatic) transmission. It’s equipped with start/stop mode and a selectable drive mode with settings for normal, sport, and comfort chassis response. Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive can be added. Fuel economy on the FWD Arteon is 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway, which dips a bit to 20 city/27 highway with AWD.
Trims and Standard Equipment
The Arteon’s trims are the SE, SE with 4MOTION, SEL with 4MOTION, SEL R-Line with 4MOTION, and the limited-edition SEL Premium R-Line with 4MOTION. They’re all loaded with amenities for comfort and convenience. Standard features on the SE include crash-mitigating technology (forward collision warning with front braking assist and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitor, and backup camera), tri-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power heated exterior mirrors, leatherette seating with heated feature in the front row, and a Composition Media information/entertainment system with 8-inch touchscreen. The SE with 4MOTION adds AWD, interior ambient lighting, and remote start. The SEL with 4MOTION gets the beautiful VW Digital Cockpit, touchscreen navigation, all-weather lights with low-speed corner-illuminating feature, and a power tilt/slide panoramic moonroof. The SEL R-Line with 4MOTION looks more aggressive with its bold fascia with oversized air intakes, plus its rear spoiler and option for 20-inch wheels. The SEL Premium R-Line with 4MOTION bumps up the bells and whistles with a premium Dynaudio sound system, a heated steering wheel, hands-free smart trunk lid, driver’s seat with massaging feature, and heated rear outboard seats.
The available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit can be customized to show the gauges and information that you prefer to see on its 12.3-inch hi-res screen: speedometer, tachometer, compass, navigation map, real-time fuel economy, driving range, and more. It also helps with calling up phone contacts and monitoring active safety features, like adaptive cruise control. Also available is VW Car-Net App-Connect, which helps to make the standard infotainment screen the central management point of your smartphone’s apps, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.