2020 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Malibu are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Arteon doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Malibu 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Malibu the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Arteon has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Malibu comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Chevrolet 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.

There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Malibu’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Malibu first among midsize cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Arteon isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Malibu Premier 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:

Malibu

Arteon

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.2 MPH

93.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Malibu

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/36 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Arteon

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

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

The Malibu 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

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Malibu higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Volkswagen Arteon (3). This means the Malibu produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Arteon every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Malibu Premier, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Arteon.

The Malibu has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Arteon doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Malibu stops shorter than the Arteon:

Malibu

Arteon

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

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

The Malibu Premier handles at .88 G’s, while the Arteon SEL Premium 4Motion pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Malibu’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (37 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Malibu may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 650 pounds less than the Volkswagen Arteon.

The front grille of the Malibu (except 2.0 Turbo) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Arteon doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Malibu has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Arteon (102.9 vs. 96.2).

The Malibu has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

Ergonomics

The Malibu’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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Malibu Premier has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Arteon doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Malibu Premier has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Arteon doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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