2020 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2020 Lexus ES Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Both the Arteon and the ES Series 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the ES Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Arteon for 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the ES Series (2/20,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Lexus 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 ES Series’ engines use 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 standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 53 more horsepower (268 vs. 215) than the ES 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Arteon is faster than the ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid:

Arteon

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.5 MPH

90.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Arteon has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Arteon has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series’ standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Arteon

ES Series

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.1 inches

The Arteon stops much shorter than the ES Series:

Arteon

ES Series

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the ES Series (245/45R18 vs. 215/55R17). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ES Series (245/45R18 vs. 235/45R18).

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 ES Series’ standard 55 series tires. The Arteon’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the ES Series’ optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the ES Series. The Arteon’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the ES Series.

Suspension and Handling

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The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion handles at .84 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .78 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 1.7 seconds quicker than the ES 300h (26.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Arteon is 4.5 inches shorter than the ES Series, making the Arteon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

The Arteon has .2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Arteon’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. The ES Series’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

Towing

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The Arteon has a 4850 lbs. towing capacity. The ES Series has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Arteon’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The ES Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

The Arteon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the ES Series. 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 ES Series.

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 ES Series.

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 ES Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Arteon and the Lexus ES Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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