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2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Honda Accord

Volkswagen is about to release a new sedan to the market, and it’s flaunting some serious style. This naturally leads to comparisons of what’s already available to what is upcoming. Can the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon compete vs competition like the 2018 Honda Accord?

The main appeal of the2019 Volkswagen Arteon isn’t that it’s a midsize sedan. The Passat already fills that slot in the VW lineup. Rather, it’s a luxury-focused fastback that provides a stylish and potent addition to the lineup. Looking at the Accord, it’s something that might compete against some of the higher trims rather than the starting options.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs 2018 Honda Accord

2019 VW Arteon


2018 Honda Accord

2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder Base Engine 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder
268hp/258 lb-ft Performance 192hp/192 lb-ft
8-speed automatic Transmission 6-speed manual/CVT/10-speed auto
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Available

Highlights of the 2019 VW Arteon

When comparing vehicles, we typically look at base engines and base performance. Clearly, the 2019 VW Arteon is expected to perform much better than the LX trim for the 2018 Honda Accord. The Accord does offer six total trim levels, however, so it might be fair to look at your other options.

Considering the coveted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity begins at the Sport trim, this might be considered the start of any debate, thought the VW Arteon is so well-stocked from the base SE and up, it’s likely more comparable to the top trims. Even so, if you compare the other engine options, you’ll find that the 2018 Honda Accord does offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but it offers 252 horsepower, so it’s still not quite a match for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. It is the only engine compatible with the 10-speed automatic transmission, however, so many shoppers are likely to find it a necessary upgrade not just for the power, but for the driving dynamics.

As far as features go, both vehicles are well-equipped with Blind Spot Monitor and Front Assist. The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has something that the 2018 Honda Accord does not: all-wheel drive. It’s an available feature for this model, but not one for the Accord. DCC adaptive damping is also a standard for the Arteon, but adaptive damping is only available on the $35,800 Touring trim with the 2.0T engine.

When the Arteon is better to start than the Honda Accord is at its very top trim, you know the model offers something special. Contact us here at Onion Creek Volkswagen to learn more about it.