2021 Volkswagen Arteon Remains, Pricing Announced

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2021 volkswagen arteon remains pricing announced

Volkswagen isn’t listening to Corey, apparently. Just like the rest of us don’t, either! Ba-zing!

I kid, I kid. We all have takes, and we all poke fun at each other on Slack. But Corey just recently wrote that the Volkswagen Arteon needs to die. And yet, it continues to live.

I don’t totally agree with Corey’s take — the Arteon is a refreshed for this year.

So now we have proof of life in the form of 2021 Arteon pricing. The base price for the 2021 MY is $36,995. That’s for an SE.

Step up to the SEL R-Line and pony up at least $41,595 ($43,395 for AWD), while the top-trim SEL Premium R-Line starts at $46,995 with standard all-wheel drive. Destination for all trims is $1,195.

[Image: Volkswagen]

Join the conversation
14 of 20 comments
  • Gearhead77 Gearhead77 on Oct 20, 2020

    Arteon is like "Phaeton II" without the lofty upscale goals. If Arteon is to live, then US Passat must die. VW doesn't need two sedans fighting for what is oddly becoming a niche market. The current US Passat is embarrassing, the Arteon seems to be decent enough, though I've only sat in one and not driven one. I'd rather see Arteons move downmarket (or down in price) than see the US Passat try to move up. I'd rather see a truck (like my current Ridgeline) or minivan from VW than yet another crossover. VW needs the "flagship Arteon" as much as Nissan needs to keep the Maxima around.

    • See 1 previous
    • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Oct 20, 2020

      @Kyree Passat too will be dead on arrival. VW dealership will be a big cemetery.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Oct 20, 2020

    If they're going to do that, they need to build it in North America. If they import it from Germany, it's going to be overpriced as hell, and that'll put them in the same pickle they're at with the Arteon.

    • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Oct 21, 2020

      Or you know you could just sell every German imported one for a massive loss to an adoring (but tiny) fanbase like Buick did with the 18-20 Regal variants.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Oct 20, 2020

    The A5 is a size smaller than Arteon. Back seat space is tight in A5. Arteon back seat space is A7 sized. VW's stealth marketing and VWoA pricing screwed this car. People don't know what this is or that it exists. I'm talking normal people, not the people that read TTAC. I liked it, but it does need a tune to get power up to above 300hp. It's a terrible value as is, esp. with the hobbled warranty.

    • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Oct 21, 2020

      6 year/70,000 mile warranty and a little more HP/TQ would go a long way toward selling this car.

  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Oct 21, 2020

    I don't know why this car is even available in FWD form. Anybody who is buying this purely on price is going to be better served by the current McPassat - the spiritual successor to the W-body Impala for people who buy their sedans by the lb price. Make it AWD only, split the current price difference between FWD/AWD and SE trim shouldn't exist. I would whine about the AWD system but even Audi has been dumbing theirs down a bit in the past few years chasing MPG.

    • See 5 previous
    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Oct 21, 2020

      @PrincipalDan I see your point now. Frankly I always thought the only reason a buyer was swayed by it or Jetta were either favorable sale/finance terms or buyers who traded so often they wanted something "different" (esp those with expense accounts or could deduct the payments).