2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Volvo S60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Arteon and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, 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.


The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The S60’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 Volvo 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 S60’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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 19th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 13 places higher in reliability than Volvo.


The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (268 vs. 250) than the S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Arteon has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Arteon has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Arteon’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the S60:




Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the S60 (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon offers optional 20-inch wheels. The S60’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Arteon uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the S60 is rated a Compact.

The Arteon has .3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 5 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the S60 (27.2 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

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