2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review and Release Date – The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon feels at home on the German autobahn outside of Hannover cruising at triple-digit speeds. I catch a glimpse of a car in the rearview mirror rapidly approaching, prompting me to dive right to let them pass. I expect the white BMW 5 Series to rip by, yet it doesn’t. Instead, the Bimmer slams on its brakes to pace me as the occupants snap photos of my Turmeric Yellow Metallic five-door liftback.
I guess I can’t blame people for taking notification, because Wolfsburg has indeed created a significant looker with its coupe-like profile, clamshell hood, broad rear shoulders and 20-inch wheels. My R-Line-prepared test car also boasts extra visual punch, thanks to its more-aggressive bumper treatments.
It would be disappointing if something that looks this great didn’t pack respectable performance. Fortunately, the Arteon doesn’t suffer from All Show, No Go Syndrome – it gets moving in a hurry when I pin the throttle to merge onto as far as possible free expressway. Not exclusively is the little engine powerful with no turbo lag issues, it also belts out an ear-pleasing growl.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon Review and Release Date
For a few years after its 2008 launch, the Volkswagen Passat CC appreciated a respectable level of sales success in the U.S. that peaked at 29,502 in 2011, when it accounted for 9 percent of the brand’s volume. Despite a facelift and a name change to just CC, its energy receded rapidly; in 2016, the aging “four-door coupe” was VW’s slowest-selling model in the U.S. Despite the negative trend, the automaker is staying in the segment and is getting ready to replace the CC with the bigger, better-named, MQB platform-based 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.
Where the CC is about the same size as the smaller European-market Passat, the Arteon is almost the same size as the Tennessee-fabricated Passat sold in the U.S. and the Nissan Maxima. A half-inch shorter in length than its conventionally styled sibling, the Arteon rides on a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase, and is 1.5-inches wider and 2.3-inches shorter in stature. Enormous, turbine-style wheels fill the four corners, offered in 19-inches for the U.S. and 20-inches for the rest of the world.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon Interior
While the interior isn’t exactly as striking as the swept exterior, it’s a pleasant, upscale place to relax. VW’s signature gloss black surfaces and dark materials blend well with silver trim throughout the cabin. We spent most of our chance in a range-topping Excellence display, where we delighted in cushy leather seats and a choice soaked environment. VW’s new 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen is a genuinely necessary upgrade, and it works in tandem with the sharp Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a near carbon-duplicate of Audi’s similarly named Virtual Cockpit.
VWs have always been known for having generally favorable European driving dynamics and functional yet plain interiors. The Reflex Silver Elegance show we drove required a front-seat passenger to reach far forward and down to find completely hard plastic surfacing.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon Exterior
With its five-door hatch/fastback design, the Arteon splits the difference between sedan and station wagon. The cargo area is wide and profound, delivering far more versatile storage than a traditional trunk. In advance, the dash design will be familiar to current VW owners with its broad horizontal design line (with different accent materials available); Arteon also gets the choice of a fully digital gage cluster a la Audi Digital Cockpit. A wheelbase boosted by more than 5 inches means more rear-seat legroom, and the extended hatch helps improve headroom (more on that in a minute).
Executive models load up the luxury with a heated steering haggle seats, ventilated massaging front seats, 19-inch wheels and additional electronic assists. Finally, a R-Line package will be available on any trim, offering sportier details.
The packaging is very great in the Arteon, which is similar in size to the Passat in wheelbase (111.9 inches vs. 110.4) and width (73.7 inches vs. 72.2). The main place that seems to have been sacrificed, or at least held to normal VW standards, is a center console that doesn’t offer much storage. And we’d always appreciate more USB ports.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon Engine
VW was mum on what powertrains we can expect on our shores, yet admitted its newest 2.0-liter turbo-four is our best bet. In the cars we drove, the 2.0-liter put down a claimed 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, yet those power figures are not finalized.
Europe’s Arteons will arrive with a seven-speed dual-grip transmission managing the power, however U.S. variants will receive a traditional eight-speed automatic. The DSG-prepared model felt sufficiently fast, charging from zero to 60 mph in what seemed like the low six-second range. With the eight-speed, the U.S. Arteon is probably going to be a little more sluggish.
It would be disappointing if something that looks this great didn’t pack respectable performance. Fortunately, the Arteon doesn’t suffer from All Show, No Go Syndrome – it gets moving in a hurry when I pin the throttle to merge onto as far as possible free expressway. Not exclusively is the little engine strong with no turbo lag issues, it also belts out an ear-pleasing growl.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon Price and Release Date
It’s a great place to eat up miles, and on the road, the Arteon delivers a remarkably authentic German GT experience for its normal mid-$30K starting price point. To get a similar profile from Ingolstadt or Munich, you have to step up to an A5 Sportback or 4 Series Gran Coupe, a roughly $43,000 proposition.