2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Dodge Charger

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 Charger 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.

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

Both the Arteon and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 Charger’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Charger’s (10/unlimited vs. 5/60,000).

Reliability

The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Charger’s 3.6 DOHC V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Arteon has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Charger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 19th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 5 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Arteon gets better fuel mileage than the Charger:

 

 

 

MPG

Arteon

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Charger

 

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/30 hwy

 

 

5.7 OHV V8

16 city/25 hwy

 

 

6.4 OHV V8

15 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/27 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Arteon’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Charger doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Arteon

Charger

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Charger (245/45R18 vs. 215/65R17).

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 Charger SXT’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Charger SXT.

Chassis

The Volkswagen Arteon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Dodge Charger.

The Arteon is 7 inches shorter than the Charger SXT, making the Arteon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Arteon has .4 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Charger.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the A3 Sedan (27.2 vs. 16.5 cubic feet).

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 Charger doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

The Arteon’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Charger’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Charger doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Arteon’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Dodge charges extra for heated mirrors on the Charger.

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 Charger doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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