2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

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Safety

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Both the 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. BMW 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 doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Arteon.

The 4 Series Gran Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Arteon’s (12 vs. 10 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4 Series Gran Coupe for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Arteon.

Reliability

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The battery on the 4 Series Gran Coupe is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Arteon’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 4 Series Gran Coupe first among compact premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Arteon isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 8 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The 440i Gran Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (320 vs. 268) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 4 Series Gran Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon:

MPG

4 Series Gran Coupe

RWD

430i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

440i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

430i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

440i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Arteon

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Arteon doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Arteon are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 4 Series Gran Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Arteon doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the 4 Series Gran Coupe flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The 4 Series Gran Coupe xDrive’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (38.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe is 8.7 inches shorter than the Arteon, making the 4 Series Gran Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe has 2.2 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more front legroom than the Arteon.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the 4 Series Gran Coupe is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Arteon. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Arteon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 4 Series Gran Coupe offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Arteon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW 4 Series offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Arteon doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The BMW 4 Series comes in coupe, convertible and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Volkswagen Arteon isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

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The 4 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2014. The Arteon has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 4 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Arteon has never been an “All Star.”

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