2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Volkswagen Passat

2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Volkswagen Passat

If it looks like a midsize sedan, it must just be a midsize sedan, right? Wrong. If you’re wondering what the key differences are between the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Volkswagen Passat, it would be difficult to know where to start. Though they are both sleek and sophisticated in design, and relatively similar in interior space, the models are mechanically quite different.

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that offers 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to the Passat’s 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque produced by a turbo 2.0-liter. It’s true that the Passat does have a 3.6-liter V6 for a power boost, but only in the top trims.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon


2018 Volkswagen Passat

Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Engine Turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (available 3.6-liter v6)
268hp/258 lb-ft Performance 174hp/184 lb-ft of torque (280hp/258 lb-ft of torque)
8-speed automatic Transmission 6-speed automatic (available DSG)
Optional AWD No

More differences between the 2019 VW Arteon and 2018 VW Passat

The engine options are just the start of the mechanical and engineering differences between the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon and 2018 Volkswagen Passat. Transmissions are obviously different, with the Arteon offering one with more gears for smoother, faster transitions. All-wheel drive is optional in the Arteon, but entirely unavailable for the Passat. Similarly, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has standard DCC adaptive damping, which is a feature not found on the 2018 Volkswagen Passat.

While mechanical differences abound, you’re likely to find that the 2018 Volkswagen Passat offers many similar premium features depending on trim level. Naturally, these premium features would be standard for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon because the model is a luxury vehicle.

You can expect standards for the 2019 VW Arteon to include the following:

  • LED headlights
  • Front Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Traffic Alert
  • Keyless access w/ push-button start
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay
  • 3-zone automatic climate control

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is an entirely new vehicle for the lineup. Learn more about trim specifics when you visit us here at Volkswagen of South Mississippi.