2020 Buick Regal Sportback vs. 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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Safety

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Both the Regal Sportback 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, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Regal Sportback 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Arteon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Arteon ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Regal Sportback’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Arteon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 3 times as many Buick dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Regal Sportback’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, 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 Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 9 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Regal Sportback’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Regal Sportback GS’ standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 42 more horsepower (310 vs. 268) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (282 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Buick Regal Sportback turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:

Regal Sportback

Arteon

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.8 sec

15.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

97 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

127 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Regal Sportback gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon:

Regal Sportback

Arteon

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/32 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/29 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Regal Sportback uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The Arteon requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Regal Sportback 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.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Buick Regal Sportback higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Volkswagen Arteon (3). This means the Regal Sportback produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Arteon every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick Regal Sportback, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Arteon.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Regal Sportback GS’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Arteon:

Regal Sportback GS

Arteon

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.2 inches

The Regal Sportback stops shorter than the Arteon:

Regal Sportback

Arteon

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Chassis

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The Regal Sportback AWD 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

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The Regal Sportback has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

Cargo Capacity

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The Regal Sportback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Arteon (31.5 vs. 27.2 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Buick 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 26% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Arteon SEL/SEL Premium, the Regal Sportback offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Regal Sportback’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Arteon does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Regal Sportback GS 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Buick Regal (except Base/Preferred) 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 Buick Regal comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Volkswagen Arteon isn’t available as a station wagon.

Recommendations

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The Buick Regal outsold the Volkswagen Arteon by over four to one during 2019.

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