2008 Volkswagen Phaeton | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

VW decided to take a Passat, stretch it, load it
with a whole lot of technological gizmos and make a premium car aimed
at the likes of Mercedes S Class, BMW 7 Series and closer at home,
Audi A8. Unveiled at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, the Phaeton was
designed to set benchmark standards in its class.

Engineered to the highest standards, the Phaeton
aimed to surpass its key competitors in several areas but as things
have turned out, it was not meant to be. It has had a lukewarm
response throughout the globe and the Middle East is no exception.
Nonetheless, this is a stunning machine; luxurious and lavishly
equipped with an excellent chassis and wonderful range of engines.

Phaeton’s striking appearance is emphasized by the
arrow-shaped contours of its bonnet, a low-swept chrome grille and
large headlights. The rear looks equally distinctive, with LED
taillight clusters. Elegant yet purposeful, the third side window
gives the car another identifying feature.

Move inside and the design itself is characterized
by its handcrafted feel. Through the selection of materials and the
way they are worked, the textures, and the accentuated design, VW has
achieved a new balance between progressive and luxurious flair. All
technical equipment available to the driver and passengers remains
logical, with technology for the benefit of the customer the supreme
development objective.

The base engine on the Phaeton is the 3.2-litre V6
engine producing 241bhp, while the 6.0-litre W12 powerplant comes
with four-wheel drive transmission as standard, has a maximum output
of 450bhp. A 335bhp 4.2-litre V8 petrol slots in between the V6 and
W12 models. All engines are mated to a standard automatic
transmission.

Acceptable driving dynamics, a wonderful ability to
go on marathon drives without breaking into a sweat and a truly
cosseting ride of the Phaeton are not sufficient to see off rivals
having distinct advantage of not looking like a grown up Passat. The
badge on the front grille matters and the classy VW comes off worse
than its rivals.

Technical Specifications
Engine3.2-litre V64.2-litre V86.0-litre V12
Power241 Bhp335 Bhp450 Bhp
Torque315 Nm430 Nm600 Nm
TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 200,000 upto 460,000*

 

 

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Jaguar XJ
Lexus LS
Audi A8
BMW 7-Series
Mercedes-Benz S-Class

 

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