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.
What Car? says
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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There are 2 Volkswagen Phaeton versions available
Target Price team says:
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.
Reader test team says:
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…
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…
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…
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…