2010 Volkswagen Phaeton | new car review

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by









The Phaeton is a large, limousine-like sedan from Volkswagen and represents a bold idea that didn’t really work – commercially at least.

VW hoped that the car would challenge the luxury barges produced by the likes of Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, but the Volkswagen name just didn’t hold the prestige that buyers of such cars wanted.

As a result the car hasn’t sold particularly well, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad; quite the opposite. And the upside is that what is a well equipped and potentially very powerful luxury car can be yours for much less than when it originally went on sale way back in 2002.

The car was given a facelift for 2009, with LED running lights, a few other minor exterior tweaks and a revamped interior. VW says that the already high quality interior is now even more luxurious. Features include four-zone air conditioning, powered boot lid, air suspension and a 150-function infotainment system.

Options include a rear seat DVD and TV system, satellite navigation and even a 17.5-litre fridge. Power seats, allow wheels and a sun roof are all standard. The car comes with five seats as standard, although the Phaeton can be ordered with four seats for more space in the back.

Performance comes from a choice of three engines, all of which are mated to a four-wheel drive system. A 3.2-litre V6 makes 241bhp while the 4.2-litre V8 puts out 335bhp and bother are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The most powerful option is a massive 6.0-litre W12 unit (think of two V6s fused together) that pushes out 450bhp through a five-speed gearbox.

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