2020 Mercedes C-Class Sedan vs. 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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2020 Mercedes C-Class Sedan

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2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Volkswagen Arteon doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The C-Class Sedan’s 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.

The C-Class Sedan’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Arteon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the C-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Arteon last would have qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The C-Class Sedan’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Arteon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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 Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 6 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The C-Class Sedan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the C-Class Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon:

C-Class Sedan

Arteon

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

24 city/35 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

23 city/33 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes C-Class Sedan higher (6 out of 10) than the Volkswagen Arteon (3). This means the C-Class Sedan 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 Mercedes C-Class Sedan, 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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The C-Class Sedan’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.

The C-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the Arteon:

C-Class Sedan

Arteon

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the C-Class Sedan flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The C-Class Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Arteon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The C 300 Sedan handles at .91 G’s, while the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The C 300 Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion (25.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (36.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The C-Class Sedan is 6.9 inches shorter than the Arteon, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the C-Class Sedan 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

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The C-Class Sedan has .5 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

Cargo Capacity

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

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the C-Class Sedan 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 39% 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 C-Class Sedan offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The C-Class Sedan offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The C-Class Sedan’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Arteon’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes C-Class 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 Mercedes C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Volkswagen Arteon isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mercedes C-Class Sedan and the Volkswagen Arteon, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-Class Sedan first among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Arteon isn’t in the top three.

The C-Class Sedan was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Arteon has never been an “All Star.”

The Mercedes C-Class outsold the Volkswagen Arteon by over 20 to one during 2019.

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