2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE vs 2019 Acura TLX

2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2019 Acura TLX

A newcomer to the sedan market, the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has a lot to prove. It’s the spiritual successor to Volkswagen’s short-lived Passat-derived CC model. It’s been branded as the link between the luxury and mainstream sedan market. We compare the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon to the similarly priced and marketed 2019 Acura TLX to see what’s up.

As both sedans offer comfortable rides and are trying to be upmarket at lower budget prices, we thought it prudent to compare the base offerings. After all, luxury can be very subjective. So, there’s no extra bells or whistles here, just straight performance.

Let’s see how the Arteon stacks up against the TLX.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon SE


2020 Acura TLX

$35,845 MSRP $33,000
2.0L turbocharged inline 4-cyl Engine 2.4L inline 4-cyl
268 hp / 258 ft-lbs Horsepower / Torque 206 hp / 182 ft-lbs
25 mpg Combined Fuel Economy 27 mpg
FWD Drivetrain FWD
8-speed shiftable automatic Transmission 8-speed automated manual

New 2019 Volkswagen Arteon in Brooksfield, WI

Even with less displacement than the TLX, the Arteon 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder gives it 60 more horsepower and nearly 80 more ft-lbs of torque. The extra power is obvious and provides the Arteon with an unquestionably better and more responsive driving experience. It does 0-60 in 6.3 seconds, where as the TLX takes almost a full second more at 7.2 seconds. In short, the Arteon is fun, leaving the TLX feeling bland in comparison.

It should be noted that sedans are often used as family cars. If that’s the case, then the extra cargo space of the Arteon makes it the must-have in this head-to-head. At 27.2 cubic feet., the Arteon almost doubles the 14.3 cubic feet offering of the TLX. That might not seem a huge deal, but when you’ve a car full of passengers and no place to put all those groceries you just bought or the luggage for the family vacation, you’ll notice it.

Interested in feeling the difference for yourself? Want to learn more about the luxury offerings available for the Arteon? Give us here at a Hall Cars a call to chat or schedule a test drive.