2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Volkswagen Passat

Many Volkswagen enthusiasts likely know that the previous luxury midsize sedan offered in the lineup, the CC, was based on the Passat. It stands to reason that with the Arteon coming in as a new option, you might be wondering what the difference is between the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Volkswagen Passat.

The Arteon is not based on any other model, but is an entirely new fastback design. Though it might at first appear to be similar with its design cues and 2.0-liter engine, you’ll quickly find that it has a personality all its own. Especially when you realize the vehicle is tuned to produce 268 horsepower. That’s quite a boost from the practical 174 horsepower found in the 2018 VW Passat.

2019 VW Arteon


2018 VW Passat

2.0-liter TSI Engine 2.0-liter TSI
268hp Horsepower 174hp
Standard AWD No
19.9 cu. ft. Cargo Space 15.9 cu. ft.

Luxury and power in the 2019 VW Arteon

We’ve already covered that the Arteon is more powerful than the Passat, but it’s also performance-focused in other ways. The model has standard 4Motion all-wheel drive and DCC adaptive chassis control. For this reason, you might consider the Arteon to be something like what the Golf R is to the Golf GTI. The Passat is an all-around practical vehicle that has a sophisticated appeal, but is also affordable for most lifestyles. The Arteon is an upgrade that provides potency and features that aren’t strictly necessary, but are a whole lot of fun.

Another thing to note is the cargo space in the Arteon is quite a bit more simply because the fastback design increases the overall accessible space compared to the trunk of the Passat.

Now what about these luxury features we keep hinting at? Standard equipment in the Arteon includes LED exterior lighting, Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, keyless access with push-button start, three-zone automatic climate control and an 8-inch touchscreen. The Passat has many of these features available as upgrades, but the touchscreen maxes out at 6.3 inches and climate control is two-zone in the higher trims.

Both the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon prove to be comfortable and attractive vehicles for their segments, but the Passat is a practical option while the Arteon is for those seeking everything they can possibly find in a sedan. Find out which vehicle is right for you when you visit us at Gorman McCracken Volkswagen.