How Does The VW Arteon Fare Against The Audi A5 Sportback?

If you’re in the market for a premium four-door coupe, then the Audi A5 Sportback should definitely on your list.

But so should Volkswagen’s latest offering, the new Arteon, which is being marketed as a more plush replacement to the old CC.

Turns out that both are priced similarly, from around £33,000 ($43,800) in the United Kingdom, but despite this, they’re quite different, as CarWow found in their review, after taking both cars out for a spin.

Taking a closer look at their exterior designs, the Arteon looks sportier and has a massive grille that manages to outshine the more conservative Audi A5 Sportback.

Things are quite different inside as well, as the Arteon borrows its dashboard from the regular Passat, and uses some premium materials, but overall, the A5 seems to win the race here, with Ingolstadt’s saloon being the best car to sit in.

The Volkswagen, on the other hand, has plenty of rear legroom and boot space, so if this is an important criteria, then you might want to choose the new Arteon, because the A5 Sportback feels more cramped.

Before making your decision, though, you may want to take both cars out for a short drive. But which one is the reviewer’s favorite? There’s one way to find out, and it means checking out the video after the break.


  • SteersUright

    The Arteon looks much better than any Audi as they frankly look quite dull nowadays, outside of outliers like the R8 and TTRS. However, if it drives like a Passat then it drives as dull as any Audi looks, and Audi’s actually drive rather well. Aye, the conundrum! lol.

    • ErnieB

      I have seen the Audi in person and it looked much better than in print.. the interior would push me to select the Audi.. but the VW does look really nice!

  • Zcat

    Agree, the Arteon looks more original, fresher, and sportier. Audi design is staid, bland, but also too Hyundai-like…mostly thanks to Hyundai copying the Audi face starting a few years back. Now, every time Audi tries to add more surface detailing, and “enlarging” the grille and air intakes, they look more like they belong in a lower class-not considered 2nd tier luxury…in my humble opinion!

  • Rocket

    Both decent enough, but I find the Stinger to be far more appealing, and a much better value to boot. I’m also anxious to see how the Regal GS Sportback measures up. Comparison tests should be plentiful in the very near future.