2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 BMW 3 Series Sedan

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Arteon are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Arteon and the 3 Series Sedan 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 84 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Arteon’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the 3 Series Sedan’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Arteon’s reliability 30 points higher than the 3 Series Sedan.

Engine

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The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 13 more horsepower (268 vs. 255) than the 330i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Arteon has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan (17.4 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Arteon’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the 3 Series Sedan:

Arteon

3 Series Sedan

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Arteon stops shorter than the 3 Series Sedan:

Arteon

3 Series Sedan

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

129 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the 3 Series Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/35R20).

The Arteon has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 3 Series Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the 3 Series Sedan don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Passenger Space

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The Arteon has .5 inches more front shoulder room, 5 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Towing

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The Arteon has a 4850 lbs. towing capacity. The 3 Series Sedan has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Consumer Reports rated the Arteon’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the 3 Series Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Arteon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the 3 Series Sedan. The Arteon SEL Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 3 Series Sedan.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Arteon SEL Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Arteon SEL Premium has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the 3 Series Sedan.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Arteon, based on reliability, safety and performance. The BMW 3 Series Sedan isn't recommended.

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