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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 Legacy 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 Legacy only offers a rear monitor.
Both the Arteon and the Legacy have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.
The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Legacy’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.
The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Legacy’s (10 vs. 5 years).
The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Legacy’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th.
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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 19th in reliability. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.
The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 93 more horsepower (268 vs. 175) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 174) than the Legacy 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (268 vs. 256) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 247) than the Legacy 3.6R Limited’s standard 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.
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 Legacy doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
For better stopping power the Arteon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Legacy:
For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Legacy (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 Legacy 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 55 series tires. The Arteon’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Legacy Sport/Limited’s 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 Legacy 2.5i/2.5i Premium. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Legacy Sport/Limited.
The Arteon has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Legacy’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Arteon’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Legacy (111.9 inches vs. 108.3 inches).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the Legacy is rated a Mid-size.
The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the Legacy (27.2 vs. 15 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 Legacy doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
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 Legacy’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Legacy Premium//Limited’s optional power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.
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 Legacy’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Arteon’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Legacy Premium/Sport/Limited.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Arteon SEL Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Legacy doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Arteon SEL Premium’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Legacy doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
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 is only available on the Legacy Premium/Sport/Limited.
Both the Arteon and the Legacy offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Arteon has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Legacy Base doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
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 Legacy doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Arteon is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Legacy doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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