Does the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon offer a manual transmission?

By Product Expert | Posted in VW Arteon on Friday, May 22nd, 2020 at 6:08 pm
White 2020 Volkswagen Arteon cruises up a city street.

2020 Arteon Transmission Options

The 2020 Volkswagen Arteon is a sporty, exciting, near-luxury level model that’s getting a lot of love by driving enthusiasts. But another thing that driving enthusiasts often tend to be into is manual gear shifting. Can you get the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon with a manual transmission?

No, the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon does not come with a manual transmission. Every incarnation of the sporty model comes with an automatic transmission paired to a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The set-up manages to pump out 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Interior driver area and shift stick inside a 2020 VW Arteon

Why doesn’t the 2020 Volkswagen Arteon come with a manual transmission?

Though many driving enthusiasts are into manual transmissions, the option is disappearing from vehicles. While in the past, there were some benefits to manual transmissions that automatics didn’t offer, improving automatic technology has removed most of those advantages. The vast number of drivers now prefer an automatic transmission in their vehicle.

As of 2016, only 5% of cars were sold with a stick shift. Since then, the numbers have likely decreased even more. No full-size pickups offer a manual, and luxury and exotic cars also tend to forgo them.

Why do some people like manual transmissions?

Some drivers enjoy the greater involvement that they feel in the driving experience when using a manual transmission and shifting gears. In the past, manual transmissions were popular for boasting advantages like a lower up-front cost, superior fuel economy, and greater durability. However, improvements in automatic transmissions have rendered most of these benefits null, although vehicles with manual transmissions do still tend to be cheaper.

What Volkswagen vehicles come with a manual transmission?

If you want a manual transmission on your VW, check out the 2020 Volkswagen Golf; this beloved hatchback comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Likewise, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta comes with a manual on its base trim, and a manual is offered on every incarnation of the 2020 VW Jetta GLI.


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