2021 Volkswagen Arteon Starting Price Increases By $1,175

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For the 2021 model year, Volkswagen is giving the Arteon, its flagship sedan, a refresh that brings a slightly updated exterior, new design elements on the inside, the automaker’s Digital Cockpit system as standard, and the latest iteration of software for the infotainment system. The changes bring a higher price tag than before, as pricing for the Arteon goes up by $1,175.

The Arteon SE now starts at $38,190 compared to $37,015 from last year. The majority of the difference comes from a $1,000 increase to the Arteon’s MSRP, while the destination fee has also gone up by $175 from last year. Seeing as how Digital Cockpit is now standard throughout the lineup – previously, the feature was available starting on the SEL trim that cost $41,015 – we think the increase is justified.

Volkswagen Arteon

While the base SE trim sees a large increase in pricing, the rest of the lineup, which has been simplified, sees smaller price changes. The SEL R-Line now costs $42,790, just $25 more than last year. All-wheel drive on the SEL R-Line costs an extra $1,800. The range-topping SEL Premium R-Line is priced at $48,190 or $525 less. The SEL trim has been discontinued for 2021.

The Arteon has the design and features to be considered a luxury vehicle, though it’s one of the more affordable cars in the compact class. Even with the price increase, the Arteon is more affordable than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, Genesis G70, and Audi A5 Sportback. The only vehicle in the class that’s cheaper is the Kia Stinger. With Digital Cockpit as standard, the Arteon certainly has an edge when it comes to technology over its rivals, but can’t match them when it comes to performance.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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