I wanted a car that would be quiet, refined, able to cover long distances in complete comfort without costing silly money or being ostentatious. That ruled out the BMW 7 Series (too flash and I don't like the styling), Mercedes S-Class (expensive), but perhaps an Audi A8 which I like a lot. My excellent local dealer, Vindis Group, however, suggested I try a Phaeton and provided a 3.0 TDi for the weekend.
My wife's first reaction was she doesn't like saloons, but within five minutes of fiddling with the superb seats and being wafted along, she was waxing lyrical about the comfort, ride quality and quietness of the car. I subsequently bought the car and have since done a few thousand miles in it effortlessly!
It is beautifully built, very smooth and quiet, and is returning 36mpg on motorways - interestingly, more economical at 85mph than 75mph. It is a big lump and does not have sports-car handling, but still seems to be sufficiently agile and reassuring to hussle along twisties when necessary. It is cheap to insure, too, which makes a change.
Everyone who has been in it comments on how well it goes and how comfortable it is and arrives at their destination completely relaxed!
In summary, it is a very under-rated car, and I suspect this has much to do with having the wrong badge. I, for one, am glad I listened to my dealer and took a test drive. It isn't perfect, but you will be hard pushed to get much better, especially given the used prices that are about.
I have just taken delivery of my 2005 Phaeton 3.2 and I am delighted.I had test driven both a V8 and the W12 BOTH 2003 models but was put off by the various comments about initial build problems ( the car I went to drive a W12 had a gearbox fault and the second W12 test drive had to be abandoned due to warning light coming on. I then discovered Wayside in Milton Keynes and a young man calleed Pasquali ( make sure you keep him Wayside he is good).
Imagine a salesman in a dealership that knew what he was talking about and who kept all his promises.I then drove the car to the Watford v Man U game to meet up with a customer I was taking to the game. So some Motorway mileage and then some A & B roads worked out by the SAT NAV. The vehicle is awesome I have just done 100,000 miles in an Omega ELITE 3.2 with minimal problems ( and I was sorry to see it go, I will miss the sun roof).This time I wanted someting different, I like the S class and I tried the BMW 7 ,but the IDrive drove me nuts and it is ugly, the Jaguar XJ fantastic ride but small inside and the price to high second hand.
So far great value, great drive, great dealership. I founf myself driving to quickly only because the noise levels at speed are so low, so be carefull. I belive I have just made a great buy and when I parked in Watford three people all driving premier brands asked what I thought.
I bought my 3.2 V6 Phaeton in 2005 for a bargin £24,000 with only 11,000 miles on the clock. It came with all the toys.
After owning BMWs, the Phaeton was surprisingly better than them. Just one touch of the accelerator and it shoots off, but more surprisingly it's still very quiet.
I would fully recommend this car.
This car is a smooth, fast, relaxing cruiser - not a racer. There have been no problems, just a fantastic driving experience - I still smile when I get in it.
I bought it second hand at a fraction of the new price. This car stands head and shoulders above all other competitors. Certainly, it comes at a cost - it is not very economical and I hear it is not cheap to maintain. However, I have yet to have a problem or a service but whatever it is, it's worth it.
Having looked at an Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Jaguar XJ before buying, I believe I have a better car for a lot less money. Snobs can keep the badges - I know they have made a mistake, it's their loss and my gain. Buy now while you can.
I will change to 5.0-litre diesel or 6.0-litre petrol when the time comes. Please, before you buy the competition, swallow your pride and check it out. At this moment, I can't find any fault other than you cant race it. It's the best £19,000 I've spent.
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