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2020 Volkswagen Arteon
Select a Different Model (7 Available): SE 4MOTION Hatchback
Fair Market Price $ 41658
Fuel Economy 20 / 27 mpg
Horsepower 268@5,500
Torque 258@1,950
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2020 Volkswagen Arteon MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Good ride and handling performance
  • Lots of standard features

Cons

  • Interior materials quality could be better
  • Numb steering
  • Transmission could be smoother

What's New

  • The SEL trim now rolls on standard 19-inch wheels
  • The SEL Premium trim gets the R-Line exterior design upgrades as standard, as well as 20-inch wheels

Overview

One key difference distinguishes the Volkswagen Arteon from the CC it replaced—unlike the CC sedan, the Arteon is a hatchback. Like the CC that it replaces, the Volkswagen Arteon is available in FWD or AWD configurations.

What We Think

We liked the way the Volkswagen Arteon drives. In a 2019 First Test, we lauded its well-balanced chassis, which offers a comfortable ride with the standard adaptive dampers in Comfort or Normal mode. Switch to Sport and the Arteon happily tackles winding roads with great body control and minimal sacrifice to ride comfort. We do wish the steering was a little more communicative and that the Arteon came with stickier rubber. The 2.0-liter turbo-four provides plenty of power without much turbo lag; however, the eight-speed automatic transmission could be smoother and chooses higher gears too often. Although it weighs around two tons, the Volkswagen Arteon accelerated to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds in MotorTrend testing, making it one of the quicker large non-luxury sedans.

Inside, generous passenger and cargo space make the Volkswagen Arteon surprisingly practical for a swoopy sedan. Interior materials could be better; some parts may function just fine in less expensive Volkswagens but look out of place in a car as pricey as the Arteon.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon comes exclusively with a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available. EPA fuel economy ratings are 22/29 mpg city/highway for FWD models and 20/29 mpg with AWD.

Safety

In IIHS testing, the 2020 Arteon received a Good score on all crashworthiness categories and Poor on the headlights test (Good is the highest score). On the collision avoidance evaluations, the 2020 Arteon received a Superior rating on the vehicle-to-vehicle category and Advanced on the vehicle-to-pedestrian test (Superior is the highest rating).

Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come standard on all models. Adaptive cruise control is available only on the SEL and SEL Premium trims while lane keeping assist and automatic high beams are exclusive to the latter.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

With all seats up, the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon has 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the split-folding rear seatbacks down to increase cargo capacity to 55.0 cubic feet. Despite its swoopy roofline, the 2020 Arteon has great headroom at 37.7 and 37.0 inches for the front and rear respectively. Legroom is equally generous at 41.2 inches for the front seats and 40.2 inches for the rear.

Technology

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. SEL and SEL Premium grades are the only ones that come with built-in navigation. An eight-speaker audio system is standard on all but the range-topping SEL Premium grade, which gets a 12-speaker Dynaudio unit. Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit (a digital gauge cluster) comes standard on the SEL and SEL Premium models.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

2020 Volkswagen Arteon SE: The base Arteon SE comes standard with LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/start, three-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, heated 12-way power-operated front seats, a rearview camera, and adaptive dampers.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon SEL: Moving up to the SEL grade adds a panoramic sunroof, remote start, 19-inch alloy wheels, interior ambient lighting, Nappa leather upholstery, and driver's seat memory.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium: The range-topping SEL Premium adds AWD, 20-inch alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a massaging driver's seat, a surround view camera system, and an automatic parking system.

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2020 VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Tiptronic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
SE 4MOTION Hatchback
Class
Premium Passenger Car
Horsepower
268@5,500
Standard MPG
20/27
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter

Std Std

Tiptronic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode

Std Std

Atlantic Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Chili Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Deep Black Pearl

N/C N/C

Kurkuma Yellow Metallic

N/C N/C

Maganese Grey Metallic

N/C N/C

Pure White

N/C N/C

Pyrite Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Urano Gray

N/C N/C

4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Three-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control, App-Connect

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Extended Range Remote Start (PIO)

$350 $450

Luggage Net (PIO)

$80 $100

Media Control with Touch Screen

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Rear(1), Front(1)

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System With Micro Filter

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Auto Start-Stop

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.530

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering, Suspension

Std Std

Energy Recuperation, Engine

Std Std

Torque Vectoring Differential

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive AWD

Std Std

Bumperdillo® (PIO)

$118 $150

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround Body Side Bumpers

Std Std

Cornering Lights/Curb Illumination

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Lip Spoiler (PIO)

$300 $375

Pop-Up Hood/Bonnet

Std Std

Rear Door, Hatch/Sedan

Std Std

Splash Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$170 $220

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [RMK] Rubber Mats Kit (PIO)
Std Std

Headliner Upholstery

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Doors And Instrument Panel ; Piano Black Console; Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Rubber Mats Kit (PIO)

INCLUDES: Cargo Blocks; Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber
$185 $235

Steering Wheel: Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

LED Lights: High Beams, Daytime Running Lights, Rear Lights, Brake Lights, Low Beams, Side Indicator

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Combination Assistance Kit (PIO)

INCLUDES: [AID] First Aid Kit (PIO); [ARK] Roadside Assistance Kit (PIO) NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AID] First Aid Kit (PIO)
$75 $99

VW Care (PIO)

$135 $135

Pearl

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbags, 8

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Collision Warning System

Std Std

First Aid Kit (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [ASK] Combination Assistance Kit (PIO); [ARK] Roadside Assistance Kit (PIO) CONTAINED IN: [ASK] Combination Assistance Kit (PIO)
$25 $35

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, LED

Std Std

Heated Washer

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Multi-Collision Braking

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Radar

Std Std

Roadside Assistance Kit (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AID] First Aid Kit (PIO) CONTAINED IN: [ASK] Combination Assistance Kit (PIO)
$65 $85

Stability Control

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

Std Std

Dual Front 12-Way Power Heated Bucket

Std Std

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Synthetic Leather

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Moonrock Gray & Black Leatherette Synthetic Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Titan Black V-Tex Leatherette Synthetic Leather

N/C N/C

Seating, 5

Std Std

Audio System, Composition Media AM/FM Radio, 1-Disc CD Changer/MP3 Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Multi-Touch Screen and Digital Media Card

Std Std

Disc Autochanger

Std Std

Eight Speakers

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Front Strut/Rear Wishbone w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Responsive Suspension

Std Std

P245/45HR18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

18" Alloy

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
72,000
Full Warranty Miles
72,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
72
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Volkswagen announces special APR financing on select models. 06-01-2020
$0 0.5% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - Volkswagen announces special APR financing on select models. 06-01-2020
$4500 Volkswagen announces a VCI Involuntary Unemployment Payment Waiver offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-01-2020