2020 Acura TLX vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The TLX V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Arteon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the TLX and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The TLX comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years 50,000 miles. Acura will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen only gives three years or 36,000 miles of roadside assistance on the Arteon.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 24th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

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

Engine

The TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 22 more horsepower (290 vs. 268) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Acura TLX V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:

TLX

Arteon

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.1 sec

15.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

97 MPH

Top Speed

129 MPH

127 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the TLX SH-AWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon 4x4 (20 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the TLX V6’s fuel efficiency. The Arteon doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura TLX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Arteon requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The TLX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Arteon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura TLX V6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Arteon.

The TLX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Arteon doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

The TLX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Arteon doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The TLX has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the TLX flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis

The TLX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Arteon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The TLX has 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the TLX offers cargo security. The Arteon’s hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 35% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Acura TLX offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Arteon doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura TLX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Volkswagen Arteon isn't recommended.

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