2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2018 Ford Fusion

If the introduction of the Volkswagen Arteon to a dealership's lineup is going to accomplish anything, it's going to reignite customer interest in the midsize sedan class of the automotive industry. As exciting as the new VW fastback sedan is, it is certainly facing some impressive competition. A comparison of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2018 Ford Fusion will clearly show that the new VW sedan will start its life on American shores with a distinct advantage over much of the segment's existing options. As it applies to the competition between the 2019 Arteon and the current Ford Fusion, the new VW sedan offers a stronger complement of standard accessories on the base trim and only gets more impressive as shoppers continue to climb the trim ladder.

As one of the newest members of the midsize sedan class, the 2019 VW Arteon has a clear advantage over the 2018 Fusion in terms of available technology. Each of the future trims of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon coming to the Spitzer VW showroom will be available with keyless entry and push-button ignition. Furthermore, every coming version of the 2019 Arteon will be equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen interface that is compatible with the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ suites of applications. The manufacturer is also making its cutting-edge Volkswagen Digital Cockpit available on the upper trims of the 2019 VW Arteon. A large LCD screen will replace the standard center gauge cluster. Drivers will be able to use the screen to monitor various systems.


2019 VW Arteon


2018 Ford Fusion

Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
268/258 Horsepower/Torque 175/175
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
Yes (All trims) Avail. AWD Yes


Performance Specs

Among the most attractive elements of the 2019 VW Arteon is the fastback sedan's striking balance between performance and fuel economy. All versions of the new Volkswagen Arteon use the same turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Adding a turbocharger to the inherently efficient four-cylinder engine platform allows it to produce an incredible amount of power without burning through gasoline like a naturally aspirated power plant can. For comparison purposes, the 2018 Ford Fusion offers a pair of four-cylinder engines of its own – base models don't use the turbocharger. For what it's worth, neither engine can produce as much power as the powertrain of the Arteon.



An interior photo of the 2019 VW Arteon and its available large touchscreen interface.
An interior photo of the front seats in the 2019 Arteon.
A closeup photo of the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit in the 2019 Arteon.
A head-on photo of the 2019 VW Arteon.