It’s Easy To Fall For The Volkswagen Arteon, But Should You?

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.

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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.


  • pcurve

    Bordering on lacking personality, but it’s a nice car. I don’t know about $43k nice though since it’s in 3 series territory. Knock $7k off.

    • Kevin Cagle

      They are talking MSRP. The base trim is already well under 30k now and this sel trim can be had for 37k in AWD.

  • kachuks

    The original CC was a much better looking car.

    • pcurve

      The CC was also very cheap when it came out.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        Very cheap?

        It was the equivalent to $30,000 in today’s dollars accounting for inflation. That’s hardly “cheap” for a D segment sedan when back then competing vehicles could be had for less than $20,000.

        • pcurve

          It came quite well appointed (12 way power front seats) without saddling up on options, leather, etc. Towards end of its life cycle, VW ended up jacking up the price, especially after VW released America-only Passat with cut-rate engineering.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    VW is people-car,isn´t it? They should lose their arrogance and pretension…


  • Skye

    Consumer reports needs to stick with kitchen appliances and lawn mowers.

    • charlotteharry57

      Of course, someone had to take this tact. CR has never steered me wrong with car reviews. That low-mounted info screen on the dash is enough to turn me off…

  • john1168

    I think it’s a great looking car, inside and out but, it’s waaayyy too slow. V6 Camry’s and Accords will kill this thing in a straight line.

  • Bo Hanan

    This is a 3900lb (empty) car being pulled by a 2.0T 4 cylinder engine. Add 5 humans and their luggage and your at 5200lbs. And don’t even think of turning on the air conditioning.

    • john1168

      It needs A LOT more power. But I guess VW is worried about stealing sales away from Audi if they did that.

  • iggination

    This car doesn’t make sense to me. Costs as much a a premium car. Has the interior of a cheap car from their own lineup. Has slow and old drivetrain options. Why does it cost so much?? I would be money this will be getting DROPPED from the NA market QUICK!!

  • Dredd2

    as someone said before, the original CC looks much better and more original…this one is….simple boring and uninspired

    • Kevin Cagle

      Love my CC. I have it tweaked up way beyond the power of the arteon and its a terrific daily driver.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    The presenter’s delivery feels like he was directed to act like William Shatner, but without the spaces between words. I KEPT imagining him NARrating CAPtain’s LOGs.

  • BlackPegasus

    $43k for this basic looking thing? You can get a preowned 2018 Audi A5 Sportback for under $37k with low miles. And for that $43k you can own a 2018 S5 sportback with tons more power.

  • SteersUright

    Such a beautiful sedan, inside and out that doesnt drive well according to nearly every reviewer? What the hell VW??!!

  • William rowe

    Pass, Next?

  • dubfun

    If you must have an Arteon, look around. You can find them at substantial discounts.

  • Fun fact. The US Arteon uses a Toyota sourced Aisin 8-Speed Automatic vs a DSG used in European models. I believe this is what accounts for the lack-of-sportiness feel everyone has been complaining about. ?

    • Rahul Mandala

      Yeah, the DSG has that kind of sportiness element to it that does purify the performance. The Aisin 8-speed does take that away indeed.

      • khc

        DSG replacement costs will take one’s breath away.

        • Rahul Mandala

          Yet the DSG in my ’12 Golf still goes strong with 120k miles. Yeah, it may not be near the “400k miles and up” territory where majority of Toyotas are at right now, but I’m planning on getting there. Though for what the transmission is, it is an excellent shifting and smooth transmission.

    • ThomasXxs

      I have a 2013 VW Passat (N. America) with a 6-speed automatic transmission which is definitely sourced in Japan and I believe the oem is Aisin. In my opinion, this is an excellent performer with very fast and precise shifting over more than 100,000 miles. And thus far not a single problem to report. Even though it was standard equipment for this Passat (DSG may have been optional) it shifts very nicely in both normal “Drive” mode and especially so in “Sport” mode, where each gear is held slightly longer to reach higher rpms during acceleration, and then during deceleration it automatically performs “down-shifting” so that some of the slow down work is handled via early changes to lower gears rather than braking.

  • FFEMT6

    Oh, the Arteon, from the company that brought us #Dieselgate. No thanks.

  • Ron

    Taking advice from consumer reports is laughable. They really should stick to reviewing toasters.

    • khc

      What, exactly, did the reviewer say that was “laughable”?

  • khc

    + Fiat-Chrysler, Mercedes, and others, I’m sure.

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