IWe may not get the Euro-spec Passat in the States, but we do get something even better: the Arteon.
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s widely used MQB platform, the CC successor sure looks sporty, with a low-slung profile, large grille, chrome trim and a rather nice rear end.
The cabin looks modern with premium materials and some sporty accents. The overall build quality is not on par with Audi’s, but it doesn’t pretend to be either, and every button and knob is in reach for the driver and easy to use on the go.
Now, in spite of the youthful styling, the Arteon is not as exciting to drive as you might expect. It comes with a 268 HP and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline four paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. As standard, the power is sent to the front wheels, but all-wheel drive is an option in the SE and SEL, and standard in the SEL Premium.
Consumer Reports wanted to get a taste of the Arteon ownership experience, so they bought an SEL version equipped with a few gizmos, including the 4Motion AWD system. All up, it cost them $43,475, or $7,000+ more than the entry-level SE.
During the brief review, they highlight some of the strong points of the four-door sedan, such as the roomy back seat, generous cargo area and good driving dynamics. But are these enough to sway you away from other midsize cars? Only one way to find out.