The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has just missed out on a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS due to its LED headlights.
In recent testing of the sleek four-door, the IIHS awarded the Arteon with good crashworthiness ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests.
Additionally, the Arteon comes standard with what the IIHS regards as a ‘superior-rated’ front crash prevention system that avoided collisions in 12 mph (19 km/h) and 25 mph (40 km/h) track tests. The Arteon also comes with a forward-collision warning system that meets the criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unfortunately, issues with the headlights prevented the car getting a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award.
The base LED projector headlights available with the Arteon got a ‘poor’ rating “largely because of deficiencies in visibility.” The available curve adaptive LED projectors with and without high-beam assist function both received a poor rating due to the excessive glare they create that can reduce visibility for other road users.
Had the VW Arteon received an acceptable headlight rating it would have been awarded a 2019 Top Safety Pick award. If it received a good headlight rating, it would have been given the Top Safety Pick+ award.
Elsewhere the sedan earned an acceptable rating for ease of use of its Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children hardware.