First look: Volkswagen Phaeton

  • Volkswagen gives the Phaeton a mild mid-life makeover
  • Styling tweaks and new technologies added to luxury saloon
  • Prices expected to start at £46,000 to around £80,000 

Volkswagen has given the Phaeton luxury saloon a mild facelift and new technologies.

The same two engines are available from the current version. They are the 3.0 TDI V6 with a power output of 237bhp and the 6.0-litre W12 petrol option with 444bhp. There is a catch: even though the price for the entry level 3.0-litre diesel model is expected to start at £46,000, the 6.0-litre version is likely to set you back a whopping £80,000

The revised model features a new bumper, front wings and bonnet. It also gets LED running lights and new grille design that brings it in line with newer models like the Touareg and Polo.

At the rear there's newly designed lights above a redesigned bumper. Revised alloy wheels finish off the exterior changes.

Inside, the refreshed Phaeton includes a new steering wheel and colour electronic display along and new trim details. Customers can also opt for Google Maps with cars that have sat-nav.

As you'd expect standard equipment is on a high level with eight airbags, 4MOTION all-wheel drive, adjustable air-suspension, leather trim, sat-nav and 18-way adjustable electric seats.

The Phaeton range is set to go on sale in August.