It seems to be a rarity that a car manufacturer will invest in a completely new car/sedan, but Volkswagen has. Does the Arteon live up to the hype? We find out!
Here at TestDrive we love sedans & cars in general. When Volkswagen announced the Arteon we got excited that a new car was coming from the German manufacturer that would bring a premium experience from the European Passat to North America. Boy were we wrong. Our full tour and review of the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon Execline goes over everything you need to know if you're in the market for a $53,085.00 4 door lift-back coupe-style sedan.
Our 2020 test model is no different from the first year of production (2019) for the North American market. Our Execline is the only trim offered here in Canada, and we have two packages consisting of the Driver Assistance Package, and R-Line Package. The Arteon has full adaptive LED headlights, active cruise control with stop & go, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, power folding mirrors, power rear liftgate, keyless entry on the front doors, and automatic wipers.
Inside the Arteon is finished in a two-tone leather interior, with VW's 8" infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM Radio, and a 360 degrees camera. There's a three-colour mood light, LED interior lights, Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats with power, drive memory, and driver massage, and rear outboard rear seats. The roof liner is black and has an oversized sunroof that Volkswagen advertises as panoramic.
We take the Arteon on a comprehensive road test during the winter to see how the 4motion AWD system works with it's front-wheel bias. We talk about the fuel economy, drive, ride, and road feel of this sedan, as well as the creaking and rattling we experienced during our week with this car.
We wrap up our full tour and review of the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon Execline by going over everything we liked, disliked, and what we'd suggest to buy. We also go over the sales numbers for this vehicle in the US, Canada, and globally, while looking at some of the direct competitors like the Kia Stinger and Audi A5.