After a slight delay, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has ultimately arrived in the U.S. to serve as the brand’s flagship. As the spiritual successor to the CC, the Arteon evolves that car’s low, coupe-like roofline into anything a bit additional rakish and additional sophisticated. But the modifications go additional than skin deep. Let’s take a appear at how Volkswagen’s sultry new sedan compares to its final a single.
Place the 2019 Arteon subsequent to the CC that it replaces and you may possibly feel they’re fairly close in terms of size. On the other hand, the Arteon’s wheelbase is five. inches longer than the CC’s, and its height and width are bigger by .7 inch every. It is also two.three inches longer general, and substantially of the extra space has been offered more than to the rear seat and trunk location. The Arteon, which comes with additional typical gear than the CC, also weighs three,655 pounds in front-wheel-drive trim, or 286 pounds additional than a 4-cylinder CC. All-wheel drive increases the Arteon’s weight to three,854 pounds, which is 14 pounds heavier than a 2015 CC VR6 4Motion MotorTrend tested.
As VW’s flagship model, we anticipated the Arteon to pack a punch in the close to-luxury sedan class, and that appears to be the case. The extended list of typical options incorporates complete LED head- and taillights, 3-zone climate manage, keyless entry and commence, and heated front seats. Move up to larger trims and you will get anything from ventilated seats, heated outboard rear seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and a energy liftgate. The CC was readily available with points like leather and heated front seats, but not substantially else it was apparent that it was additional like a coupe-ified Passat than a accurate flagship sedan the moment you got inside.
1 appear at the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon and you will straight away feel it is laid out just like the CC. Effectively, there’s additional to this German than meets the eye the Arteon is truly a hatchback just like the Buick Regal Sportback and Kia Stinger. That provides the Arteon far better hauling capability than the CC and its teeny-tiny 13.two-cubic-foot trunk (expandable by way of the 60/40 split-folding rear seats). With the all seats in location, the 2019 Arteon has 27.two cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seatbacks and it balloons to a crossover-rivaling 55. cubic feet.
Ahead of it was discontinued, the Volkswagen CC was readily available with either a two.-liter turbo-4 superior for 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque or a three.six-liter V-six with 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft. The 2019 Arteon options the most recent iteration of Volkswagen’s EA888 two.-liter turbo-4 and its output splits the distinction at 268 horses and 258 lb-ft. An Aisin-sourced eight-speed automatic replaces the CC’s two readily available six-speed transmissions (a dual-clutch with the 4 cylinder and a standard torque converter unit in the V-six).
Early in the CC’s life, Volkswagen forced you to get a additional high priced trim in order to get points like navigation and a bigger touchscreen. Toward the finish of its life, the CC ultimately got the six.three-inch touchscreen typical and it came with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay across the board. By that time, even so, the automobile was a dinosaur by auto-market requirements.
With the 2019 Arteon, Volkswagen has created tech a priority an eight.-inch touchscreen comes typical on just about every instance along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Navigation and the customizable Digital Cockpit gauge cluster are now readily available on the best two trims as an alternative of solely on the highest a single, and there are at least two USB ports in the automobile no matter which model you select.
If you wanted a CC with automatic emergency braking you would have had to shell out for an Executive trim automobile, as that was the only model that had the function. In the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-targeted traffic alert all come baked in. Adaptive cruise manage is only presented on the SEL and SEL Premium trims, even though, when lane-maintaining help and automatic higher beams are only on the latter.
On the Road
Like the CC it replaces, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon drives wonderfully and delivers a pleasing balance of comfort and agility, and it requires points up a notch more than the CC with options like adaptive dampers and custom drive-mode settings, two options you couldn’t get on the CC. That provides you the capability to tailor the Arteon’s driving expertise, enabling you to make it as sporty or as comfy as you choose, at least inside its programming and hardware envelopes.
By the time it was discontinued, the CC was ancient had gone via a refresh but that wasn’t adequate to revive interest. In its final year of production, only 1,355 units had been sold. Whilst the Arteon will not be in a position to survive on such crumbs, Volkswagen admits it does not count on the automobile to be a volume-seller in America, but rather to merely serve as a halo for the brand.