The new photos allow us to spot the differences between the three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Premium. The base SE grade (starting from $35,845) doesn’t look like an entry-level model as it comes with standard LED headlights, DRLs, and taillights, as well as 18-inch alloys.
SEL models (from $39,995) add LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and panoramic sunroof, while SEL Premium (from $44,945) comes equipped with 19-inch alloys. The optional R-Line packs offer either 19- or 20-inch wheel upgrades, in addition to many sportier design elements such as the front bumper, R-Line air inlets, and a gloss black rear spoiler.
2019 VW Arteon SE
Inside, the 2019 Arteon SE offers plenty of standard kit such as 60:40 rear seats, three-zone Climatronic automatic climate control, heated, 12-way power seats in leatherette, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, Composition Media infotainment system with 8.0-inch glass-covered touchscreen, and more.
SEL models add Nappa leather seats with memory setting for the driver, while SEL Premium models feature ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a massaging function for the driver. The range-topping Arteon also features a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, 700-watt Dynaudio sound system with 13 channels and 12 speakers, 8.0-inch Discover Media infotainment system with navigation, and 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.
2019 VW Arteon SEL Premium
The optional R-Line package adds stuff such as a black headliner, stainless-steel sport pedal covers, stainless-steel door sills with the R-Line logo, contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob, paddle shifters, and metallic decor pieces.
Regardless of the trim level, there is a single powertrain choice for the 2019 Arteon in the United States. That’s a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 268 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. A standard eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels though 4Motion all-wheel drive is available on SE and SEL models and standard on SEL Premium. All models come fitted as standard with the DCC adaptive damping system and XDS® cross-differential lock at the front and rear.