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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.
  • 6.0 W12 4Motion LWB 4dr

    Dan Jones , Monmouthshire . Date: 11/06/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Phaeton is an amzing car, and may surpass the similarly incredible S-Class in build quality, equipment, comfort and speed. But at the end of the day it's still just a Volkswagen, and doesn't have the same... nobility as an S-Class.

  • 5.0 V10 TDI 4Motion LWB 4dr

    ASISH HURHANGEE Date: 14/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I only had the car for an hour or so but it was enough it give me the impression that it is a real understatement.

    The engine manages to provide excellent performance despite the huge weight and you'll never know it's a diesel - only the monstruous torque gives the game away.

    It feels quite heavy to drive but you don't really feel the size. It's not meant to be a sporting saloon but, as a continent crusher, it certainly fulfills.

    The ride is not as good as an S-Class but the latter will die for the quality found in the Phaeton. The interior is certainly better and has gadgets you'll never even dream of. As a private-ownership proposition, it'll be crazy to even think of buying one, but second-hand, you could be sorely tempted. I saw a used W12 for less than £40K with less than 10K on the clock and this one has a top speed in excess of 180mph!

  • 4.2 V8 4Motion 4dr

    Who Cares Date: 16/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It's heavy, and large, and heavy. Did I mention it's heavy?

    I wouldn't mind (I'm not a driving enthusiast), but after an 8-hour drive, I felt like it was me who moved this 3+ ton car from side to side.

    A later experience with the A6 (which is a class lower) was much more satisfying.

  • 3.2 V6 4Motion 4dr

    Toby Aldrich Date: 06/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As the What Car? review states, people will have a problem paying the kind of money demanded for the Phaeton, because it's a VW. I managed to get one on an amazing lease deal, presumably supported by VW.

    The 'anonymity' of the VW badge is great however if like me you don't want your car knicked or vandalised on London streets. And the understated elegance of the car is very appealing.

    But the bootom line is it's an amazing, quiet, comfortable car - as good or better than its competitors. It's like riding first class in a TGV in France.

    If you don't need a prestige badge in the golf club car park, but want a really classy ride, this is it. The best vehicle I've ever owned.

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