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For The VW Phaeton is a refined limousine that's available with huge discounts.

Against It's expensive to run, resale values are awful and most rivals feel more luxurious inside.

Volkswagen Phaeton Saloon
11 5stars

The ageing Volkswagen Phaeton is impossible to recommend new when there are so many superior alternatives.

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The full Volkswagen Phaeton review

There are 2 Volkswagen Phaeton versions available

Saloon 3.0 V6 TDI 240 SWB 4dr £55,550
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 V6 TDI 240 LWB 4dr £58,110
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

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Target Price team says:

The aim with the Phaeton was to build the world's best luxury car. In many respects Volkswagen has done a decent job, but one crucial element is missing from the Phaeton and that's the right badge on its snout.

Volkswagen might 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 are horrifically low.

This is all something of a shame as the Phaeton offers decent performance. The 3.0 V6 diesel has a good blend of oomph and economy.

Inside, the Phaeton is eerily quiet thanks to double glazed windows and excellent noise suppression. However, the switchgear and design feel dated.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Phaeton Saloon 3.0 V6 TDI 240 4Motion LWB 4dr

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…

John Heath

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Phaeton Saloon 3.2 V6 4dr

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…

michael grunhut

4 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Phaeton Saloon 3.2 V6 4dr

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…

Matthew Nicoll

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Phaeton Saloon 3.0 V6 TDI 222 4Motion 4dr

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…

Jason Soraff

5 out of 5 stars
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