Is the Volkswagen Arteon a worthy competitor to the BMW 320i and Mercedes Benz C200?
The premium compact executive sedan market consists mainly of BMW's 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz's C-Class. While most buyers will not bat an eyelid at something else if they were shopping for a car in this territory, there are some who are bored of these cars and look elsewhere for an alternative.
But where should they look? We say why not try Volkswagen?
But Volkswagen doesn't have a competitor for the 3 Series and C-Class we hear you say, well, they just might actually.
Many would say that traditionally, the C-Class and 3 Series are a segment underneath the Arteon, but actually, if you base it on price and 'premium-ness', the Arteon can easily be a member of this group.
So how does the Arteon stand up against the 320i and C200? To get a better picture, we've prepared a simple comparison table to obtain a clearer picture.
|Volkswagen Arteon||BMW 320i||Mercedes-Benz C200|
|MSRP||RM221k w/o SST||RM242k w/o SST||RM250k w/o SST|
|Engine||2.0-litre Turbo||2.0-litre Turbo||2.0-litre Turbo|
|Transmission||7-Speed Dual-Clutch||8-Speed ZF||9-speed G-Tronic|
|Fuel Economy (claimed)||6 litres/100km||6.3 litres/100km||6.3 litres/100km|
|0-100 Km/h (Seconds)||7.7||7.1||7.1|
ABS, EBD, Stability Control, ISOFIX
|ABS, EBD, Stability Control, Autonomous Brake System, Lane Keeping Assist, ISOFIX||ABS, EBD, Stability Control, Blind Spot System, Autonomous Brake System, Collision Warning, ISOFIX|
As you can see from the table, the Arteon does have some good merits which allows it to be part of the premium compact executive sedan gang. It pretty much has everything that the 3 Series and C-Class have to offer.
The main difference between the Arteon, C-Class and 3 Series is that the Volkswagen is FWD car and is about RM20k cheaper than the other two. If you ever get the chance to view all three cars, you would notice that the Arteon is a bit more unique and dare we say it, a bit more premium. It just oozes class, and every single bit of the car feels expensive.
Everything from its framless doors, to its clamshell hood, fastback styling and curvaceous body just screams elegance and style. It is a bit low on the safety equipment aspect, but it has most of what you need to keep you safe.
If you think the car is not fun to drive, then perhaps its Electronic Differential Lock (XDS) will tell you otherwise as it lets you push the car to the limit.
Will the Arteon pose a big threat to the big two? Probably not, but if you're the type of person who prefers not to be a sheep, then the Arteon is a viable, daring option.
The facelift Arteon is also due shortly in the Malaysian so maybe it's worth checking that out when it arrives.
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