2007 Volkswagen Phaeton | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The Phaeton is ’s first attempt at building a large sedan that is luxurious enough to compete for attention with other established German luxury car makers. It has been in the Middle East market, where it has received a mixed reception, for around three years. When they began work on the project, the company’s designers had the aim of setting a benchmark for standards in its class, with the intention that it would sit alongside the Toureg as an affordable luxury vehicle that would appeal to the executive classes.

As you would expect, it is engineered to the highest standards and is designed to look discreet and functional on the road, from its deep-set xenon headlights in an arrow shaped bonnet to its extra bright LED tail lights. As you would expect of a heavy car, the choice of engines is critical and Volkswagen offers a choice of three powerful units, from a 3.6 litre V6 that delivers 241 bhp, through the 4.2 litre V8 (335 bhp/480 Nm torque) up to the whisper quiet smoothness of the six litre W12 that delivers 450 bhp and 560 Nm of torque. This latter engine is unfortunately not available off the shelve in the Middle East.

The interior has been designed to the latest standards of ergonomics using the highest quality materials for seating and trim. It is without doubt the most elegant Volkswagen in the range. It is also one of the safest cars you can find, with all the built-in active and passive devices, such as eight airbags, active front head restraints, ABS, ESP and HBA coming as part of the standard package.

Body TypeSedan320,000 onwards
Price (in AED)
Engine (litre)3.64.2
Power (bhp)241335
Torque (Nm)NA480
TransmissionAA

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