Which used Volkswagen Phaeton saloon should I buy?
The Phaeton reached the UK in June 2003, but it was two years before our favourite engine arrived. The 3.0-litre TDI diesel has the most attractive blend of performance and economy, if not the cheapest prices.
If you're looking to spend the absolute minimum of cash, go for the 3.2 V6 petrol, which was on sale from day one and has had longer to depreciate. It's our second-favourite engine overall, but the only one to choose on an early car.
The next cheapest model has a V8 petrol engine, but its price and running costs are very high. Still, next to the V12 petrol and V10 turbodiesel, it looks positively sensible. They're prohibitively dear to buy and run.
VW also sold long-wheelbase models from mid-2004. If you have a choice, it's best to save a few quid and stick with the shorter car, which is perfectly large enough.