2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2018 Chevy Malibu

To be honest, it has been a long time since the midsize sedan segment of the automotive industry has had a model that legitimately got people excited. The all-new Volkswagen Arteon will turn the entire class on its ear. Spitzer Volkswagen expects the innovative fastback sedan to arrive at its showroom during the third quarter of 2018. Before it arrives, the product experts working at Spitzer want to give potential buyers the best possible information and have done an objective comparison of the 2019 Volkswagen vs. 2018 Chevy Malibu. While the Arteon is a new member of the class, the Malibu has been around for quite some time. Volkswagen has built the Arteon using its latest technology which also provides better performance scores and a more modern powertrain. Buyers can start the pre-ordering process with a Spitzer VW sales professional today by calling, 440-703-6348.

The 2019 VW Arteon is the spiritual, if not the actual successor to the automaker's CC sedan. This puts the new Volkswagen four-door fastback in direct competition with the midsize Chevy Malibu. VW has employed its award-winning Modular Transverse Matrix which will make the interior dimensions of the 2019 Arteon more than competitive with the well-regarded Malibu. Connectivity technology is playing a bigger role for buyers than at any other time in automotive history. Both the Arteon and Malibu offer infotainment systems that are compatible with Apple- and Android-based smartphones. Future owners of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will have the optional capability of having the information most important to them displayed on the VW Digital Cockpit Display. A large LCD screen replaces traditional analog gauges and can show everything from navigation cues to various system statuses.


2019 VW Arteon


2018 Chevy Malibu

Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
268/258 Horsepower/Torque 163/184
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
Yes (All trims) Avail. AWD No


Performance Specs

There is no polite way to say this: The 2019 VW Arteon simply outperforms the 2018 Chevy Malibu. Sure, both sedans are powered by turbocharged, four-cylinder engines. But Volkswagen has used proprietary technology to get significantly more performance from its powertrain. Not only is the Volkswagen turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to a precise eight-speed automatic transmission, it can also produce 268 horsepower, a 100-horsepower advantage over the base powertrain equipped in the 2018 Chevy Malibu. Chevy does offer a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine option, but even it can't meet the power output of the power plant used by the Arteon.



An interior photo of the 2019 VW Arteon and its available large touchscreen interface.
A close up photo of the wrap around taillights on the 2019 VW Arteon.
A closeup photo of the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit in the 2019 Arteon.
A close up photo of the LED headlights used on the 2019 VW Arteon.