2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 Infiniti Q50

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Safety

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The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Q50 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Arteon and the Q50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Arteon the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 185 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q50 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Arteon for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q50.

There are over 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Infiniti 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 Q50’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 11 points higher than the Q50.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Arteon gets better fuel mileage than the Q50:

MPG

Arteon

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

4 Motion 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

Q50

2WD

3.0 Twin-turbo 6-cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

Red Sport 3.0 twin-turbo 6-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.0 twin-turbo 6-cyl.

19 city/27 hwy

Red Sport 3.0 twin-turbo 6-cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Arteon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q50.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Arteon’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q50:

Arteon

Q50

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

12.1 inches

The Arteon stops shorter than the Q50:

Arteon

Q50

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

126 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

131 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Q50 (245/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

The Arteon’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q50’s standard 55 series tires. The Arteon’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Q50 Red Sport 400’s 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Q50. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400 AWD.

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 Q50; 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.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Arteon is 1.9 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q50.

The Arteon SE 4Motion handles at .89 G’s, while the Q50 Red Sport 400 pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the Q50 is rated a Mid-size.

Cargo Capacity

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The Arteon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q50 Pure doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Arteon SEL Premium’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q50 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

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The Arteon has a 4850 lbs. towing capacity. The Q50 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Arteon’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Q50’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Arteon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Q50, and aren’t available on the Q50 Pure. 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 Q50.

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 Q50 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 Q50.

The Arteon’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q50 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Arteon, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Infiniti Q50 isn't recommended.

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