All-New 2019 VW Arteon Gets $35,845 Price Tag In The U.S.

If you live in the U.S. and are already a fan of fastback-styled 4-door models with wide stances and short overhangs, then the all-new 2019 VW Arteon might be the car for you.

The entry-level SE FWD version is priced from $35,845 MSRP, while the all-wheel driven SE 4Motion model costs upwards of $37,645. As it stands now, the Arteon is the second-most expensive VW model in the States, trailing only the $40,395 Golf R. However, the top-spec Arteon SEL Premium costs north of $44,945.

Power in the Arteon will come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI petrol engine, good for 268 HP (272 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. The engine will be mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission, while the automaker’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system is available on every trim level.

In terms of tech, there’s the DCC adaptive damping system as standard, a Start-Stop system, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, a reactive hood, plus a total of eight airbags.

Arteon SE

This is the entry-level version, for which you pay the previously-mentioned $35,845 if you opt for the FWD model, or $37,645 if you go 4Motion. Standard features for the exterior include 18-inch alloys, LED headlights (with LED DRLs) and taillights, chrome grille, frameless side windows with chrome surrounds and dual trapezoidal exhaust tips. Inside, it sports standard leatherette seats, heated front seats, and 12-way power front seats including 4-way lumbar support. Meanwhile, keyless access with push-button start, the three-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, brushed metallic decor and stainless-steel door sills and pedal caps also come at no extra cost.

As for what you get in terms of safety and connectivity: 8.0-inch infotainment display with SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, eight speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus MirrorLink. Standard driver assist systems include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Side Assist and Rear Traffic Alert.

Arteon SEL

This spec kicks off at $39,995 with FWD and $41,795 with AWD. It adds LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), a panoramic sunroof, power folding mirrors with memory, remote start, Nappa leather seats, driver seat memory, wood-look decor, ambient lighting, 8-inch infotainment display, 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit display and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

Arteon SEL Premium

The SEL Premium builds off the SEL trim and is priced from $44,945. Standard are the 4Motion AWD system, 19-inch alloys, heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, ventilated front seats, massaging driver’s seat, heated rear seats, brushed aluminum decor, tri-color ambient lighting, rear-seat controls for the Climatronic system, VW Car-Net connected vehicle services, power trunk and a 700-watt Dynaudio premium sound system with 12 speakers.

Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Control, Parking Steering Assistant with Park Distance Control and the Overhead View Camera are also standard.

R-Line Package

Buyers can add a performance-inspired R-Line package on any trim level for $1,265 if you opt for the 19-inch wheels, or $1,765 if you get 20-inch wheels.

The 2019 VW Arteon is expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships this April, boasting a six-year or 72,000-mile (115,872 km) warranty.

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  • Mr. Viscous

    either that boot is overly elongated or the roofline is too slanted. Something seems off about the design.

  • LJ

    Does anyone else get Chevy Malibu vibes from the side profile shot?

  • nastinupe

    Thats pretty steep for a VW. You can get a nicely appointed Accord for $8,000 less, they look just a good and have just as many features.

    • performante

      Compare interior quality though.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        The Accord Touring just beat out the A4 in a recent Car and Driver comparison test, material and interior quality was one of the things that they praised for the Accord.

        The Arteon is downmarket from an A4, so you can see where this is going.

        • nastinupe

          Exactly. My girlfriend has a 2019 accord touring and i own an A7 and I’m always impressed at how the Accord drives and looks. Almost makes me feel stupid for spending twice as much on the A7.

    • Jason Panamera

      Main Arteon’s rivals are Audi A5 Sportback, KIA Stinger and BMW 4 Series GC. Car looks nice in real life, I see lots of them in EU.

      • pxsupply

        Kia Stinger is priced similar to the Accord, except for the GT version of course

        • Jason Panamera

          Ok, but Arteon was designed as a sportier and more ,,premium” version of Passat ( on which is based). They designed it as a car to rival A5, 4 series, Stinger etc. It is not aiming at Accord because they got Passat to do this job.

          • pxsupply

            Yeah that is probably true. And had we had the European version of the Passat here in the US that would have been fine. But the US Passat is way under par when it comes to both the Camry and the Accord if you ask me

          • Jason Panamera

            US version of Passat is a heresy if you ask me : D .

        • bd0007

          The base Stinger is priced similarly to the top spec Accord, but significantly higher than the base Accord – so, not quite apples to apples.

          The base Stinger is priced similarly to the Avalon, Maxima, Cadenza, etc – one segment up from the Accord.

      • (⌐■_■)

        is that why they made the base model FWD? A5 sportback, stinger, BMW 4 GC are all RWD based with AWD option.

        • Jason Panamera

          Indeed. It is ,,meant to” or pretending to rival mentioned cars above but it is just EU passat with different body. It is rather a road cruiser than a sporty car. Just VW way of doing a cars, meh…. but wait A5 sportback is also FWD/AWD like Arteon. It may look nice but for such price I’d take Stinger for sure.

        • R Z

          A5 is FWD

  • (⌐■_■)

    overpriced imo

  • performante

    Arteon R, please.

  • DMax

    Looks very good to me, clean design. It’s meant to go against Avalon, Maxima and such. Both of those priced
    at about 35k, don’t offer AWD and look like absolute garbage to boot. I think Arteon will be a success. 20 inch wheels on a family sedan though, wtf.

  • Merc1

    They won’t sell many at those prices.


  • pxsupply

    Very nice design, but priced way too high. Should be in Honda Accord territory to succeed.

  • With the new Hyundai Sonata, this car will lose some of its appeal. The new Sonata will also get AWD drive in the near future.

    • MarketAndChurch

      And the Sonata and most modern sedans in the US (Accord, Mazda6) prove that there’s nothing stopping VW from offering the European Passat or Arteon styling on the US Passat. The new refreshed Passat looks good IMO, but their excuse in the past for the ugly Passat’s that we’ve been getting was that Americans don’t want to pay for quality European Passat. Now we know that that was just a lame excuse for VW not wanting to invest into its US product lineup.

  • SteersUright

    One of the most beautiful sedans on sale today. Such a crime that the performance does not match the looks.

  • willhaven

    $45k? That’s Kia Stinger money and I’d rather have the Kia that will undoubtedly hold its value better (who woulda thunk?)

    • S3XY

      Kia? Really now? That’s Model 3 money.

      • willhaven

        Top of the line Kia Stinger vs. mid-range Tesla Model 3. That would be a hard choice for me. I would rather have the drivetrain from the Tesla and the amenities of the Kia.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Do you guys get any DSGs?

    • Rocket

      Yes, the GTI, Golf R and Jetta GLI have DSG’s, but I believe all the remaining VW-badged models have a conventional auto. I don’t know if VW feels mainstream buyers won’t put up with a DSG’s aggressive shift behavior, or if they’re just trying to protect Audi’s turf.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        That or the fact the certain model DSG boxes aren’t the most reliable.

      • Pavel B.

        Audi A3 has DSG as well

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I don’t really see the point of this at all. At $35k to START, I’d much rather have get an absolutely loaded Accord Touring 2.0T and save some money, or get a G70 or Stinger.

    The pricing is far too ambitious, they’re going to sell very few.

    • Dennis Scipio

      This is meant to compete against the Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Kia Cadenza

      Toyota Avalon MSRP: $35,550
      Nissan Maxima MSRP: $33,950
      Kia Cadenza MSRP: $33,100

      Compared to those 3 I mentioned, it’s comparable to the Toyota Avalon despite the Arteon being $295 more expensive.

      • MarketAndChurch

        Personally, I think it compares most to the Kia Stinger, Buick Regal, even the Lexus ES. I don’t know but I don’t think most of those cars that start at 35,000 sell the most units at that entry model price. I think the SEL will be the volume seller at 39,000-41,000, and obviously more when optioned up.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


        It is smaller than all of those…

        • Dennis Scipio

          Oh well, doesn’t the Arteon slot above the Passat in Volkswagen’s Lineup?

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Yeah, the Arteon is a terrible value proposition.

    The Stinger is a far more compelling choice for many reasons.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    That front grille is the best multiblade razor ever.

  • Danny Boy

    I’d choose the Mazda 6T over this easily!

  • ErnieB

    Wait.. didn’t this come out like 3 years ago?

  • TheHake

    Lmao at the comments on the price here. Americans keep on complaining that they want the real Passat, but here it’s clear yet again that they are not willing to pay that bit extra for a properly made car.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Maybe not just Americans. Maybe also Europeans… It may have been a while since the Passat was a top20 selling car in Europe. It might be consumer preference, but the only midsize car Europeans buy in large numbers is the Octavia, which is the only top20 selling car of its size or bigger, and slightly bit cheaper than the Passat. I don’t see the Arteon being a top30 best selling car in Europe, though I hope I’m wrong because it is a very beautiful car.

      The Arteon is like a poor mans E-class, minus the performance, and basically what Genesis was to Hyundai, a value proposition for those who can’t afford a 5 series with great performance for its price. Maybe, just like in Europe with the Octavia, Americans want an affordable midsize car, which the Arteon is not. At $40,000-45,000, the Fusion the Buick Regal ( Opel Insignia ) offers great value, the Kia Stinger offers more performance with 365 hp, and the Lexus ES offers refinement and legendary reliability.

      I love the Arteon. Personally, I feel it is under powered for the price it is asking, and if it fails, VW will convince itself again that Americans don’t want it’s good stuff when it was their fault for setting this product up to fail in the first place. 300 – 330hp isn’t much to ask for. Protecting Audi sales is a zero-sum mindset, I don’t think this would cannibalize Audi S4, A5 Sportback, or A6 sales, so much as it would introduce new customers to the VW brand, who wouldn’t have bought those Audi products to begin with.

      • TheHake

        The Octavia is quite a bit smaller and cheaper than the Passat. More like a Golf Station. Mid-size cars don’t sell well anywhere anymore. The midsize sedan and wagon market has been eaten by the compact SUV’s.

  • S3XY

    Nice Tesla turbine style rims

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