2004 Volkswagen Phaeton Road Test | CarParts.com

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Audi A8, BMW Lexus LS430, Jaguar XJ, Benz S-Class

S ome may think a Volkswagen is a rolling contradiction, but the Phaeton is proof that the that got its start building the car knows how to build a world-class

The Phaeton has a number of novel such as a revolutionary 12-cylinder whose pistons are arrayed in a W and a four-zone ventilation system blows air through hidden With all-wheel drive and a 4.2-liter, 335-horsepower V-8 or a 6.0-liter, W-12, the Phaeton is a bona competitor of luxury cars as the BMW 7-Series, Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz Prices start at $66,515 for the V-8 and for the W-12.

At first glance, the Phaeton like a big Passat, but upon examination it is considerably different. The wheelbase is only 3 inches than the Audi A8. Volkswagen Audi, so it is not surprising that the compares favorably to the A8 even the two cars are quite distinct. The A8 is all while the Phaeton is made of galvanized steel with doors, hood and trunk.

The Phaeton has an arrow-shaped nose, grille and bold headlights. The roofline has a formal rear LED taillights give it a unique signature.

I drove a V-8 because it be the most popular model. The will be available in much numbers. Eventually, VW will a 5.0-liter, V-10 turbodiesel

The 4.2-liter V-8 is essentially the same as the one in the Audi A8, and it has considerable legs. is smooth and consistent across a range, and although it is fairly it moves the Phaeton with It drives VW’s 4Motion system through a six-speed automatic transmission that can be manually if the driver so desires.

Borrowing a page from Volkswagen has learned to design that are warm and luxurious, of high style and craftsmanship. The cabin has a look that calls handcrafted. The gauges chrome trim rings and numerals.

The instrument panel’s looks like pebblegrain The heated and cooled leather seats have adjustable support. Another feature of seats is that they massage their occupants the flip of a switch.

Rear-seat legroom is very and the trunk is gigantic. It’s that the Phaeton is far more a fancy Passat.

The center of the panel has an LCD screen for the navigation audio system, on-board and telephone. The stereo’s six-disc CD is located in the glove box, with the CD player for the navigation A DVD-based navigation system be offered in the future.

The audio system is on par with home stereos, perhaps better.

Front and side for both front and rear are standard, along with airbags that cover the

Anti-lock brakes, traction and a vehicle-stability system are all standard.

The is equipped with General OnStar system. OnStar route guidance and concierge plus it summons help in an

The Phaeton is produced in an all-new, factory in Dresden, Germany. the Transparent Factory, it is designed so customers can watch their being built. Eight people will produce up to 100 each day.

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