2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon

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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 C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Arteon and the C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.


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

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the C-Class Sedan’s (10 vs. 5 years).

There are over 71 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Arteon’s warranty.


The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the C-Class Sedan’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 Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 1 place higher in reliability than Mercedes.


The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (268 vs. 255) than the C 300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Arteon’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Sedan:




Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the C-Class Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R17). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R19).

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 C-Class Sedan’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 C-Class Sedan. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the C-Class Sedan.

The Arteon has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the C-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the C-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Arteon is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Sedan.

Passenger Space

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

The Arteon has 6.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Sedan (96.2 vs. 90).

The Arteon has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room and 5 inches more rear legroom than the C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan (27.2 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).


The Arteon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the C-Class Sedan. 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 C-Class Sedan.

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