2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Audi A4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A4 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Arteon and the A4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The A4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

There are over 2 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Arteon’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

Engine

The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 80 more horsepower (268 vs. 188) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 236) than the A4 40 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (268 vs. 248) than the A4 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Arteon has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the A4 (17.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Arteon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Arteon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A4:

 

Arteon

A4

A4 Quattro

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.4 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the A4 (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R17).

The Arteon’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A4’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A4. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the A4.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Arteon’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the A4 (111.9 inches vs. 110 inches).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the A4 is rated a Compact.

The Arteon has 4.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (96.2 vs. 92).

The Arteon has .6 inches more front shoulder room, 4.5 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the A4 (27.2 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The A4’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The Arteon’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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