2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Audi A5 Sportback

2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Audi A5 Sportback

Volkswagen is often considered a premium brand among other non-luxury automakers, but Audi is another name you might know that is a luxury brand. For this reason, many motorists wonder what the key differences are between upscale models like the upcoming 2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs the premium 2018 Audi A5 Sportback. Typically, pricing is one clear deviation, but we don’t have a starting MSRP available for the 2019 VW Arteon.

Still, we do have some obvious specs to consider when comparing these two models. Here at New Century Volkswagen of Glendale, CA, we think the Arteon will have some solid appeal for those seeking an upscale model.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon


2018 Audi A5 Sportback

2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 2.0-liter TFSI turbo 4-cylinder
268hp Horsepower 252hp
8-speed automatic Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch
Available AWD Standard

Plenty of power in the 2019 VW Arteon

You would naturally expect the Audi A5 Sportback to offer more high-end features from the start, but with three trims we doubt that you’ll find anything lacking in the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon either. What will surprise you is that the upcoming model beats the A5 in terms of horsepower. Perhaps Audi will step up its game for 2019, but we have to say that the Arteon is looking to impress.

There are a few other small differences, mechanically, for the Arteon vs A5. The eight-speed automatic transmission is much smoother than the six-speed we typically see in VW models, but a dual clutch does make a difference when comparing these two models. You’ll also notice that all-wheel drive is a standard for all Audi A5 Sportback trims, while it is an available feature for the Arteon. Still, having it available means that you can choose to save money if you don’t find the drivetrain preferable, but you have the option to upgrade if it’s a must-have.

As far as infotainment goes, the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon will have an 8-inch touchscreen, while the Audi infotainment screen is just a touch smaller at 7-inches.

Though surely the Audi A5 offers plenty of luxuries, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed by the Arteon either. Standard features include a rearview camera, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, DCC adaptive damping, engine start-stop, keyless access with push-button starts, three-zone automatic climate control and more. Find out if it’s a competitive choice when you contact us here at New Century Volkswagen.