STATUS: New for 2019, therefore carryover unchanged for 2020 - Volkswagen's replacement for the CC four-door "coupe" is considerably larger than that retired model and is also slightly larger than the current Passat sedan. But the fastback body that has been fitted with a liftgate instead of a trunk makes it both practical and stylish. It also arrives with plenty of standard gear, including tri-zone climate control, heated front seats and active dampers (shocks) that react in milliseconds to varying road conditions and driver inputs for a smoother and more controlled ride. The Arteon comes with a 268-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard in the SE and SEL trims, while VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive is optional. On the list of options is panoramic sunroof, configurable digital gauge display, proximity-opening power liftgate and an array of crash-preventing active-safety technology. An R-Line package adds unique front bumper, gloss black rear spoiler, special interior trim and 19- or 20-inch wheels (18-inchers are standard).
Base price (incl. destination): $36,850
Type: Full-size hatchback sedan
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (268)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 22/31/25 (FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,655