Volkswagen Phaeton (03 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 22 Jun 2011
3.5
Volkswagen's first real attempt at a true luxury car is technically brilliant. The Phaeton comes packed with technology, is incredibly refined and there are some great engines available too, including impressively powerful TDI units.

Volkswagen Phaeton (03 on)
Great long distance comfort, masses of rear passenger space, outstanding diesel engines
Expensive for a Volkswagen, complicated interior on early models, lacks image of more illustrious luxury cars

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£55,055 - £57,615

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Used price range:

£2,732 - £28,655

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

Volkswagen's first real attempt at a true luxury car is technically brilliant. The Phaeton comes packed with technology, is incredibly refined and there are some great engines available too, including impressively powerful TDI units. It's not the most striking of designs - in fact it is fairly anonymous and guaranteed not to attract attention - ideal if you want to travel incognito. There's masses of passenger space while a long wheelbase version is available for even more room. It's an expensive buy if new, particularly for a Volkswagen, which means it's never been particularly popular in the UK. Depreciation is steep - especially on the entry-level 3.2-litre - which means it's a great used buy and more affordable than you may think. It was given a mild facelift in September 2007 that included subtle exterior tweaks and a more modern cabin design. More changes took place in January 2009 including a new touchscreen satellite navigation and climate control system.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

1.5 out of 5

Green credentials

1 out of 5

Buying new

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

2.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 For a large car it hides it's size well. Having memory seats programmed to the key remote is also a God send.  

4 out of 5

David Wheeler ,   11 Sep 2013    ... read more

 It is smooth, powerful, utterly comfortable (the seats won prizes from the German orthpedists),mquiet, exquisitely appointed and constructed, everyone who sees it loves it. A far superior car to...  

5 out of 5

Kingsley Flint ,   26 Jun 2013    ... read more

 It completely governs the road with a Bentley interior yet no security or theft potential against it hence low insurance.  

5 out of 5

Matthew Nicoll ,   31 Jan 2013    ... read more

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