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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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21 reader reviews for Volkswagen Phaeton Saloon.
  • 3.0 V6 TDI 240 4Motion LWB 4dr

    John Heath , West Midlands . Date: 19/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31.3

    My car

    My initial requirement was a four wheel drive saloon. Having previously owned a 5-Series BMW and an E-Class Mercedes, I didn't want to continue to have the worry of losing the back end whenever the weather was wet or frosty. Continuing to feel like a 'Bambi-on-Ice' in poor weather was not a risk I was prepared to tolerate.

    My second requirement was for a vehicle which didn't visually compete with the car of any Managing Director that I work for, or for whom I am likely to work, as I want to be judged on the quality of my work and not the badge on the car sitting in the car park.

    Having scoured the internet car reviews, my attention was captured by the VW Phaeton, and the more I looked into it, the more my boxes began to be ticked. The only drawbacks appeared to be the badge, which didn't bother me as I don't partake in Golf Club snobbery (and was one of my anonymity requirements), and the early residual value loses, which again didn't worry me unduly as I would be buying a used vehicle.

    Since taking delivery of my Phaeton, I have been absolutely over the moon. If you are going to have a car like this, it makes sense to search to find one with all the toys. The adaptive cruise control (ACC) is superb, the air suspension gives you a feel of royalty when you are driving along, and the heated (and air conditioned) massage seating is a god send when driving back home from a heavy day at work. The ACC also picks up vehicles in Fog up to 150m ahead - 1st Class Safety !!

  • 3.2 V6 4dr

    michael grunhut , london . Date: 22/05/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      23.2

    My car

    superb to drive bought it 3 years old got a bargain the diesel engine is brilliant the only thing you must do if you buy this car is take out a good warranty otherwise you will be faced with a crazy bill if something happens

  • 3.2 V6 4dr

    Matthew Nicoll Date: 25/08/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      20

    My car

    If you are an understated, discreet, sophisticated person who is rather quirky and old school then this is the ultimate luxury limousine for you and you will never drive anything other than this. The car is very rare in the UK and the sight of another one brings an instant rapport with the other driver. The car is one of the heaviest (full metal frame) on the road yet the petrol 3.2l will return 30mpg on trunk roads and motorways if driven sensibly. Packed full of electronics and an advanced engine management system that does Darth Vader's Death Star proud.Things can go wrong and a visit to the main dealer will cost you three figures every time but the return on these visits is effortless driving, superb class leading massage, heated and chilled seats, a roomy cabin, and superb comfort air suspension.The car dominates the road and rarely will you find anyone (including 4 x4's) intimidating you or tailgating. The rear solar/privacy glass is excellent as is the front and rear cabin climate control. The earlier models do not have touchscreen facilities so the satnav is inferior and the telematics system is certainly something to be desired.Security is excellent but no-one is ever going to scratch the paintwork through envy or steal to order due to no badge snobbery.Do your sums in relation to diesel v petrol fuel economy return as there is distinct price depreciation on the earlier petrol models against diesels. Unbelieveably cheap to buy in theUK.

  • 3.0 V6 TDI 222 4Motion 4dr

    Jason Soraff , Essex . Date: 25/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      26

    My car

    If you appreciate quality and don't subscribe to badge snobbery then this is the car for you. Having said that, do NOT, whatever you do, buy a new one unless you (a) have money to burn or (b) have someone else's money to burn.

    I picked up a late 06 plate in perfect condition with almost 10 months manufacturers warranty still to run for £15k.

    Everything about the car exudes class. I absolutely love this car.

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