2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Buick Regal Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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 Regal Sportback doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Arteon offers an optional Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Regal Sportback only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Arteon and the Regal Sportback 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

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

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the Regal Sportback’s (10 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Regal Sportback’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Buick vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 3 places higher in reliability than Buick.

Engine

The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (268 vs. 250) than the Regal Sportback’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (268 vs. 250) than the Regal Sportback’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Arteon has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Regal Sportback (17.4 vs. 16.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Arteon

Regal Sportback

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Regal Sportback (245/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

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 Regal Sportback’s standard 55 series tires.

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

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Arteon. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Arteon SEL Premium’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics

The Arteon’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Regal Sportback’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Arteon’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Regal Sportback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Arteon detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Regal Sportback’s optional 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Arteon has standard extendable sun visors. The Regal Sportback doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Arteon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats are only available on the Regal Sportback Essence/Avenir/GS. The Arteon SEL Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Regal Sportback.

The Arteon has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Regal Sportback.

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 Regal Sportback doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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