30 Minutes With: The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION

Front 3/4 view of 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line
The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION.
Publisher's note: Normally, the cars you read about here at TireKicker are loaned to us by the press fleets of the various manufacturers for several days. Seven is typical.  Occasionally, we'll get a longer period of time, and sometimes it'll only be three or four days.  Our "30 Minutes With" series features cars we spent half an hour driving during the just-concluded Western Automotive Journalists Media Day in Monterey, California.

Needless to say, these are quick drives and brief impressions that we hope to be able to flesh out with a full review of the vehicle at some point in the near future.

Media Days is a driving program, with journalists taking cars from the staging area at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley over Laureles Grade and back or off-road on the acclaimed Land Rover Experience on the grounds of Quail Lodge.

My tenth and final drive for the day was the new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon.

Rear 3/4 view of 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T Premium R-Line w/4MOTION
2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T Premium R-Line w/4MOTION.
The Arteon replaces the Volkswagen CC, a sedan we drove a few times and loved here at TireKicker.   The knock on the CC was that it was just a Passat with a sloping roofline,  That may have been true, but I had people stopping me to ask what it was, and offering up guesses as to its sticker price that invariably landed between $50,000 and $60,000.

Regardless, the CC didn't find as many buyers as hoped, so the Arteon is an actual move upscale---less Passat, more its own machine.  And this time the sloping roof has a purpose, for the Arteon is actually a hatchback.

Interior view of 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T Premium R-Line w/4MOTION interior
2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T Premium R-Line w/4MOTION interior.

$46,210 is the base price for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION, which brings a massive list of standard equipment.

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (268 horsepower as opposed to the 200 in the old VW CC).
  • 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • Engine start/stop.
  • XDS electronic differential lock.
  • Multi-mode DCC adaptive chassis control.
  • Four-wheel independent suspension.
  • Electro-mechanical power steering with variable assistance.
  • Anti-lock disc brakes.
  • Anti-slip regulation and engine brake assist.
  • Electronic brake force distribution and hydraulic brake assist.
  • Electronic stability control and electronic differential lock.
  • Intelligent crash response system.
  • Rear view camera.
  • Tire pressure monitoring.
  • 19-inch alloy wheels.
  • Automatic LED headlights with LED daytime running lamps and LED taillights.
  • Adaptive front lighting and dynamic cornering lights.
  • Power-folding, heated, power-adjustable side mirrors with memory.
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent wipers.
  • Power tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof.
  • R-Line grille, front bumper, and exterior trim with black rear deck lid lip spoiler.
  • Climatronic three-zone automatic climate control with second-row air vents and control panel in second row.
  • Heated, leather-wrapped, multi-function R-Line steering wheel with shift paddles.
  • Heated, 12-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar support.
  • Driver's seat position memory.
  • Actively ventilated front seats with driver's seat power massage feature.
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat with fold-down armrest.
  • Heated rear seats (outboard positions) with separate controls.
  • Nappa leather seating surfaces. 
  • Black headliner.
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror.
  • Adjustable ambient interior lighting, front footwell lights and illuminated vanity mirrors.
  • Stainless steel pedal cluster and footrest.
  • R-Line door sill scuff plates.
  • Overhead view camera
  • Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.
  • Parking steering assistant and park distance control, front and rear.
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go.
  • Forward collision warning and autonomous braking with pedestrian monitoring.
  • Active blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert.
  • Lane keeping system.
  • High-beam control.
  • Hill hold control.
  • Remote engine start, keyless access and pushbutton start.
  • Hands-free easy open and easy close rear hatch.
  • Eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with 700-watt premium Dynaudio  AM/FM/HDRadio and CD player, with USB, SiriusXM, and Bluetooth.
  • Electonic parking brake.
Again, all standard for $46,210.

Front 3/4 view of 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line w/4MOTION
2019 Volkswagen Arteon.
It's quick, it's beautiful, it's useful and it's packed with features.  There's a lot of promise in the new Volkswagen Arteon.