Arteon prices have suddenly dropped. Take advantage.
The Volkswagen Arteon is, without question, the best-looking sedan the automaker sells right now. It's not that the VW Passat and VW Jetta are ugly, but compared to the sleek and sexy Arteon, neither are serious standouts. While the Arteon's starting $36,000 price is quite a bit more expensive than that of the Passat ($23,000), it's also more luxurious and rides on a newer platform. In many ways, the Arteon is the poor man's Porsche Panamera. Its fastback styling, like that of the Kia Stinger, also helps set it apart from other conventional mid-size family sedans.
But for anyone who's been eyeing a new Arteon for some time but has yet to pull the trigger, perhaps now is the ideal time. Cars Direct has learned via a VW dealership incentive bulleting, that all trim levels of the 2019 Arteon are being discounted starting now through the end of this month.
This is actually an unadvertised discount that can save buyers thousands. How much? Try between $3,000 and $5,000, depending on trim level. For the record, these are the largest Arteon discounts offered so far. Anyone who prefers to finance will also find a 0 percent APR for 72 months plus a $2,000 bonus offer. So why is VW suddenly offering these Arteon discounts? The likely answer is because of slow sales. The Arteon's first model year, 2019, saw only 2,449 units sold, though sales didn't get underway until last April.
In other words, 2020 will be the sedan's first full model year on sale in the US. To compare, the Passat sold 14,123 examples last year, though that's a dramatic decrease from 2018's 41,401 tally. In 2017 and 2016, the total reached 60,722 and 73,002, respectively.
While Passat sales are dropping, likely because of new crossovers like the VW Atlas, the Arteon has yet to truly catch on here. Hopefully that'll change soon. Regardless of trim, all Arteons come powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder good for 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also standard which sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional. The Passat, by comparison, features a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 174 hp and 206 lb-ft.
These discounts will likely expire by the end of the month, so if you're interested, act fast.