More than two years after its unveiling, the Volkswagen Arteon is finally arriving in North America.
What was to become the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon was unveiled all the way back in 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show. Since then the Arteon launched in Europe, but the successor to the Volkswagen CC certainly took its time coming to North America. The wait is now over with the VW Arteon just about ready to hit showrooms.
Louis-Philippe is in California right now driving the Arteon and he’ll report back in the next few days. To pass the time as we wait for him to get back from his grueling SoCal trip, we take a look at what the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will have in store for consumers on this side of the pond.
One Version and One Engine For The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon
We can’t accuse Volkswagen of making things complicated when it comes to the Arteon, in Canada at least. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon costs $47,995 and comes in only Execline trim with one engine. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in question develops 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels through VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. All of that is standard. Average fuel economy is rated at 12.0 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 8.6 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway.
The Volkswagen Arteon Execline gets everything you expect from a top-of-the-line Volkswagen model including a fully digital instrument cluster, power lift gate, and autonomous forward emergency braking. Now, what’s interesting is that along with heated and ventilated front seats, the driver’s seat also gets a massage function which is not something you expect to find in this segment or in a car costing less than $50,000. The steering wheel is heated, there’s 3-zone climate controls and the rear seats are heated as well. We can’t fault Volkswagen when it comes to standard features. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has plenty of them.
On the other hand, VW will make you pay extra for Driver Assistance technologies such as Lane Assist and Park Assist ($2,095). The R-Line package costs $2,995 and adds 20-inch wheels, an exterior design package, aluminium door sills and an R-Line steering wheel. Every Volkswagen Arteon you see here in the pictures have the R-Line package.
First Impressions of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon
We’re pretty confident it will a worthy tourer with decent performance and impressive comfort. We’re curious about rear seat head room, but on paper the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has impressive value and a stunning design. We’re not sure how many units Volkswagen will sell but they do have a worthy flagship on their hands that seems like a strong competitor to the Kia Stinger GT.