2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 Kia Cadenza

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 Cadenza 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.

The Arteon offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Cadenza doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Compared to metal, the Arteon’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Cadenza has a metal gas tank.

Both the Arteon and the Cadenza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Cadenza’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

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. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cadenza.

Reliability

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

Engine

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The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Arteon is faster than the Kia Cadenza:

Arteon

Cadenza

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Arteon FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Cadenza (22 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Arteon’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Cadenza doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Arteon

Cadenza

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

The Arteon stops shorter than the Cadenza:

Arteon

Cadenza

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

141 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The Arteon’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cadenza Limited’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Cadenza’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Arteon has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Cadenza’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion handles at .84 G’s, while the Cadenza Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Cadenza Limited (26.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Arteon is 5.3 inches shorter than the Cadenza, making the Arteon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Arteon SEL Premium has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Arteon’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cadenza’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Arteon R-Line/SEL/SEL Premium has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Cadenza doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Arteon’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cadenza has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 Cadenza.

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 Cadenza doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Arteon and the Kia Cadenza, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Volkswagen Arteon outsold the Kia Cadenza by 50% during 2019.

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