2021 Volkswagen Arteon vs. Its Competition

2021 Volkswagen Arteon
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The Arteon sedan doesn’t have many natural competitors, but the nearest one comes from its upscale family member, the flashier but more cramped Audi A5 Sportback.

The Mazda 6 remains one of the best-looking mainstream sedans until it’s side-by-side with the Arteon.

The real trouble for Volkswagen are the redesigned Genesis G80 and Acura TLX: They look great, perform better, have more luxurious interiors, and are priced similarly.

The Kia Stinger’s V-6 is worth a test drive.

2021 Volkswagen Arteon2021 Volkswagen Arteon
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2021 Acura TLX2021 Acura TLX2021 Audi A5 Sportback2021 Audi A5
2021 Kia Stinger2021 Kia Stinger
2021 Mazda 62021 Mazda MAZDA62021 Genesis G802021 Genesis G80
Quick Specs
The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is a compelling sedan with good features, but it's overshadowed by premium sedans that are even better.
The 2021 Acura TLX plants its flag among premium mid-size sedans with a racy design, strong turbocharged engines, and improved dynamics.
Spin the bottle, hit the 2021 Audi A5 convertible, coupe, or hatchback, and you’re a winner. They’re all good-looking.
The 2021 Kia Stinger puts a pretty face to well-balanced ride and handling.
The 2021 Mazda 6 drives the point home: not every family needs a crossover SUV.
The 2021 Genesis G80 drops the mic with fastback style and fast-forward features.
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Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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Large CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge Cars
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SE FWDFWDPremium 40 TFSI quattroGT-Line RWDSport Automatic2.5T RWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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