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Volkswagen Arteon

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Price Range     $35,845–$46,710
Consumer Rating     (5.0)6 reviews
MPG (Miles Per Gallon)     23-25
Body Styles     Sedan


The wait for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon’s arrival may have been long, but the German automaker’s new flagship vehicle has finally landed in the U.S., and it brings with it a fine interior, dramatic styling and hopefully signals good things for the rest of Volkswagen’s vehicles.
The Arteon competes with other large sedans like the Kia Stinger, Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger. If the rear-wheel-drive Stinger and Charger represent performance and the Avalon a cushy, comfortable cruiser, then the Arteon splits the difference between those. Its standard adaptive suspension provides great ride quality and isolation while still offering enough feedback that the driver won’t feel disengaged — it’s Goldilocks for those looking for a car to take on long trips.

Backing that up is a high-quality interior. Nappa leather and real metal accent pieces on higher trim levels help the Arteon blur the line between itself and premium competitors. The Arteon also has grown when compared to its spiritual predecessor, the now defunct Volkswagen CC. It has a 5-inch-longer wheelbase, which translates to impressive rear legroom and a spacious cargo area.

The debut of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has been a long time coming. We first saw Volkswagen’s new flagship vehicle teased in 2016, and it arrived in the flesh at a North American auto show in early 2018, but certification problems in Europe meant that the car was delayed around the world. Now, Volkswagen’s new flagship vehicle is finally here. I headed to the area around Santa Barbara, Calif., to see if the Arteon was worth the wait.

What I discovered was something that felt like a return to form for Volkswagen, which has been criticized in recent years for taking its vehicles down a notch in terms of materials and, simply, how nice they felt to be in. The Arteon takes things in the opposite direction, and I found it gives a very good premium, if not luxury, impression.

Tuned for Comfort
When it was announced, the Arteon had multiple potential powertrain configurations, but as is common for these globally sold vehicles, those options got condensed into one for the U.S. market. Here we’ll get only a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 268 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. It comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. 

Warranty
New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen 

New Car Program Benefits
Bumper-to-Bumper     72 months / 72,000 miles
Powertrain     72 months / 72,000 miles
Roadside Assistance     36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
Maximum Age/Mileage     7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)
Basic Warranty Terms     Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles
Powertrain     5 years/60,000 miles
Dealer Certification Required     100-plus point inspection
Roadside Assistance     Yes

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