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The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Is Priced Like a True Entry-Luxury Car

After a long wait, the Volkswagen Arteon is just about ready to reach U.S. customers' hands-which means we now know how much it costs. Its $36,840 starting price may seem high considering it's more than $10,000 higher than the Passat mid-size sedan's, but to us, the Arteon's pricing seems commensurate with its more upscale styling and feature content and its more powerful engine. The VW also lines up nicely with other premium-ish hatchback competitors such as the Kia Stinger (starting at $33,495) and Buick Regal Sportback (which starts at $25,995 but rises to the mid-$30,000s when similarly equipped).

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All 2019 Arteons use a 268-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that sends power through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with 4Motion all-wheel drive costing $1800 extra on the SE and SEL trim levels and coming standard on the top SEL Premium.

There's also an R-Line sport appearance package available (pictured) that adds a different front fascia, either 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, a black rear spoiler, metal-look interior trim, contrast stitching inside, and R-Line badges. It's available for any trim level and costs $1265 with the 19-inch wheels and $1765 with the 20-inch wheels.

Below, we've detailed some of the key features that come standard on each of the three trim levels. Volkswagen says the Arteon's build-your-own tool will soon be available on its website, which will show more information including exterior and interior colors.

SE ($36,840)

SEL ($40,990)

SEL Premium ($45,940)