For The VW Phaeton is refined, luxurious limousine that is also good to drive.
Against This is an expensive car to buy - and an even more costly one to run, with awful residuals. The cluttered dashboard can be confusing, too.
The Volkswagen Phaeton's execution is faultless, but the VW badge simply isn't desirable enough to compete in this class.
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The aim with the VW Phaeton was to build the world's best luxury car. In many respects it's done a decent job, but one crucial element is missing from the Phaeton and that’s the right badge on its snout.
VW may have an enviable reputation for solidity and quality, but in such a rarefied atmosphere as luxury saloons, the VW moniker counts for little, so sales of the Phaeton are very slow and used values horrifically low.
This is all something of a shame as the Phaeton offers decent performance. The 3.0 V6 turbodiesel has a good blend of oomph and economy.
Inside, the Phaeton is eerily quiet thanks to double glazed windows and excellent noise suppression. It also covers ground with smooth aplomb and is magnificently well equipped inside, with plenty of space for front and rear passengers. So near greatness, yet so far.
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Outstanding quality and comfort coupled to real-world economy from the diesel engine, but the Phaeton is not as sharp to drive as the Mercedes S-Class.