Official TN Member
Join Date: Feb 2019
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
I drove the Arteon over the weekend and while sexy and alluring on the outside, it certainly is not a luxury car.
My son has a 2019 Jetta and the general experience of the Arteon is very similar. It shares switchgear and many interior components with the $20,000 Jetta. The engine sounds the same and it just feels like a bigger Jetta when driving. While it rode smoothly and handled well, the Arteon is not worth close to twice the price of a Jetta.
It may have competed in the Camry and Accord class if it were priced $10,000 lower in all trim levels, however the interiors of the Camry, Accord and Mazda 6 are far more upscale. The Arteonís interior comes across as cheap and is nothing special. The Accordís 2 liter turbo is quieter, smoother and more responsive, and the exhaust gases of Camryís V6 would simply melt any Arteon in itís wake.
It is completely outclassed by the Avalon in terms of material quality, quietness, refinement and overall driving experience. The 2 liter turbo may have the same output as my 2018 Avalon, but the horses were asleep because the Arteon felt lethargic while the Avalon is very lively and responsive.
The top trim SEL Premium R-Line has an MSRP of over $47,000 which is completely insane. If anyone loves the looks of the Arteon, an Audi S5 Sportback with a beautiful interior can be had for only a few thousand more, and there are many other opulent choices in this price range.
Volkswagen really missed the mark on this one. If this were equipped with VW's 3.6 liter V6 and a better interior it may have had a chance but in this case, beauty really is only skin deep.