New Volkswagen Arteon Wants To Lure You Into Four-Door Coupe Ownership

The new Volkswagen Arteon is a stylish four-door coupe that wants to build on the success of the CC. Think of it as a more premium (Euro-spec) Passat with a modern design highlighted by the massive grille, clamshell hood and, obviously, the sloping roofline.

Compared to its predecessor, the Arteon is only 2 inches (50 mm) longer, but the wheelbase has been increased by 5 inches (127 mm), which has freed up more legroom for rear passengers. Cargo space has nearly doubled and users can haul some voluminous stuff in there, while the liftgate enhances practicality.

Also Watch: 2019 VW Arteon Is Comfy And Spacious But Not Really Sporty

In the USA, Volkswagen is offering the Arteon in five grades, starting with the $35,845 SE and ending with the SEL Premium R-Line with 4Motion that can be had from $46,210. All models except for the entry-level are offered with standard all-wheel drive and share the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinderthat produces 268 hp (272 PS / 200 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In spite of not being available with a V6, RoadShow, which had a go in the Arteon SEL Premium, said that the engine offers good overall performance. On the go, the car is comfortable and quiet, and the adaptive chassis control has earned it extra points with the reviewer, as have the larger 12.3-inch infotainment system (standard is 8-in) and digital instrument cluster.

The Arteon goes against cars such as the Kia Stinger and Nissan Maxima, as well as the (more upmarket) Audi A5 Sportback. That’s some very serious competition, so could it be a smart choice in this sporty niche? Find out by watching the following video review which, at 4+ minutes long, won’t require any popcorn marking.


  • Holmer_k

    4 door fast back. Not coupe. No matter what a manufacturer wants to call their new car, a coupe has just 2 doors.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Wrong – coupe just described the car’s line layout as kind of sawed off.
      That’s why A5 and A7 series are consideraded as coupes.

    • Stephen G

      I feel the same.

      • Holmer_k

        Maybe, but a liftback usually means the entire back opens as in not just the trunk area but the trunk and glass both. Whatever, the main point is it is certainly not a coupe.

        • Stephen G

          Yes, liftback.


    “Four door coupe”.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Starts at $36,000. That’s absolutely insane.

    They’re going to sell about 10 of these, then they’ll bring on heavy incentives to move them just like the CC. Why would you EVER buy this over a Stinger, G70, or if you want a VAG product just pay a bit more and get an A5.

    VW hasn’t learned their lesson.

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      starts in Norway from around 50000 dollar, in sweden it starts at 42000 dollar and that with a 190 hp diesel. so 36000 isnt bad.

    • Kevin Cagle

      They are going to play the same game with this one that they played with the CC. I am seeing SE models already discounted $5k and I bought my R-Line CC for $11k off msrp. On the tail end of the model year, you will see the same thing. That’s where VW plays. That’s why Asian brand buyers don’t shop them. Because those brands dont tend to do massive discounts (except hyundai/kia)

  • LJ

    I know they sell like crazy, but am I the only one who thinks VW’s interior/exterior designs look about 15 years too old?

    • Daniela Wolf


    • KRogers86

      As far as this interior goes: no. This interior was lifted straight out of the current generation Euro Passat, which was launched back in 2013. This interior is already starting to look dated. I’m sure the all-digital interior of the next GTI and Golf R that we’ll be getting in the states will also make buyers think twice about buying the Arteon.

    • BlackPegasus

      That’s the consensus. From an untrained eye the interior looks no different from the Passat. And a weak 4 cylinder engine on a car this size is just stupid. This car is a disappointment.

  • ctk4949


    • Matt

      No it’s not? The Arteon has been universally praised for its styling. You may not like it, doesn’t it make it ugly though. Also ‘ugly’ is such an overused term. People see a car and maybe they don’t like the headlights or something, so instantly it’s ‘ugly’. No imagination…

      • ctk4949

        Sorry, in my OPINION. It’s fugly!! lol

  • Holmer_k

    Possibly. Liftbacks usually have both the metal and glass areas raise when opening the trunk, so I’m not sure that fits either. What I do know is it’s not a coupe. It simply has too many doors to be one.

    • ace_9

      Are you sure you know how Arteon’s trunk looks like? 🙂 But I agree about the doors and a coupe term.

  • Paul

    That’s a mighty sweet looking ride. VW ‘s are usually like this, subdued but yet nice looking lines and proportions at the same time. Somehow the word Teutonic comes to mind.

    • DGC

      They age well too…

  • charlotteharry57

    Good luck, VW. You’ll need it. Why are manufacturers designing a boatload of sedans when they are supposedly a dying breed? VW, Mazda, Citroen…and the Arteon looks very dated already. That dash is absolutely hideous, as it is in the Passat and some Audis. Hatchbacks (especially large ones) are in a smaller market than sedans. You don’t see the Stinger creating Kia sales records.

  • SteersUright

    Beautiful car I’d never buy as its nothing more than all-show and no-go. Too bad they couldn’t bake some real GTI or Audi S into it.

  • CarbonPhiber

    I agree. Just traded in my 2014 Sorento SXV6 with 75k. Great car, great engine, great value. But its clearly the beginning of the end- all the problems reported by other owners all over the web were happening to me too. AC stopped working, door locks stopped opening, and the rear end has been grinding and slipping for a while now (rear AWD coupler issue). Just do a search. I really like the 2019 Santa Fe, but after reading volumes about that awful 2.4L (do a search), and other initial quality problems, I just couldn’t justify getting involved with another Hyundai/Kia product. At least not now. Shame..

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