2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. Its Competition

2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line package
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The VW Arteon attempts to bridge the gap between mainstream and upmarket.

VW’s new fastback starts about where the Honda Accord and Mazda 6 leave off.

The base Arteon is modestly equipped compared to a loaded-up Accord Touring or Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve, and it’s hard to recommend it over those two solid choices.

Add a few options and the Arteon encroaches on cut-rate luxury car, however, and we’d shop it against the Acura TLX and Volvo S60, which are less spacious inside and not as feature-laden for the money.

The Nissan Maxima tries to have a sporty bent, but it winds up feeling half-baked compared to the Arteon.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is a style statement with an added dose of practicality.
The 2019 Acura TLX is a sharp luxury mid-size sedan, but lacks the performance pedigree and options that others may offer.
The 2019 Mazda 6 is a breakout among mid-sizers that can lack flair and fun.
The 2019 Nissan Maxima is a break from the familiar mid-size four-door sedans.
The 2019 Volvo S60 hits a sport-sedan sweet spot, somewhere between nurturing and overbearing.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Turbo/Supercharger Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Large CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
SE FWD2.4L FWDSport AutomaticS 3.5LT6 AWD Momentum
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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