Car Reviews: Volkswagen Phaeton 5.0 V10 TDI 4MOTION – The AA

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Very steep when bought new Concierge a pointless item on specification Badge still lacks of established luxury marques dioxide emissions far from

Along with the Touareg the Phaeton signals Volkswagen’s serious effort to crack the luxury market. On paper it is a match for its main competitors, but the VW has yet to gain full acceptance as a brand, so the Phaeton remains a rare sight on UK roads.

could accuse Volkswagen of off half-cocked with the Phaeton, exhibits the full range of luxury saloon attributes. It is big over five metres even in short wheelbase – powerful, opulently and exceptionally well constructed. And it is a car undoubted presence, despite its too-close resemblance to the latest Passat.

Though they may expensive by familiar Volkswagen Phaeton prices are extremely Since the car’s launch, VW has added extra standard such as satellite navigation to bolster value-for-money credentials. A comparison with the Phaeton’s competitors makes highly reading.

One of the key attractions is the clever line-up of 3.0-litre diesel and 3.2-litre models are affordable, while at the end of the range the V10 diesel and W12 petrol offer staggering amounts of They may be rather less and emit flower-wilting levels of dioxide, but they give the glamour and show that it is no imitation of a high-grade saloon.

the real deal.

There’s special about buying a too. Each car is hand-built at an factory in Dresden to the customer’s specifications, providing a level of that is usually reserved for of Bentleys, Rolls-Royces or Maybachs. the Phaeton itself manages to some of the same elusive possessed by those evocative a quality that can only be as ‘class’.

Less than 50 UK sell the Phaeton, each its own Luxury Car Manager, specialised equipment and licensed Luxury Car

Interior build quality is with the finest materials, fit and finish and tasteful, understated It is reminiscent of Audi’s A8 – Volkswagen Group product which the Phaeton is competing Yet Audi has earned its spurs as a brand while Volkswagen suspect – which explains why a Phaeton loses far of its value over three

Second-hand it’s an absolute and that’s unlikely to reinforce its status.

Our verdict on the Volkswagen 5.0 V10 TDI 4MOTION

Whatever its qualities, the is destined to remain a niche Luxury buyers tend to be in their tastes and are simply too to the traditional brands or too unimaginative to be driving a Volkswagen, no matter how it is.


This is not a cheap by any means, but when compared on a basis with its rivals, the is a relative bargain thanks to its superior specification and industry-leading It’s a lot of car for the money. However, not nearly as good a deal as buyers will enjoy.

The Phaeton loses value more quickly than its

Space and practicality

Luxury are never the most practical As well as paying a premium price and suffering at the pumps, are really only designed to people in comfort and are poor at A fixed rear seat unless the two individual rear are specified – means you can about carrying anything than a pair of skis you want to make the car look with a roof rack.

A central transmission tunnel up a good deal of interior

Controls and display



Car safety

Every Phaeton is with eight airbags two in the front, four in the side, two curtain airbags as well as front head restraints, ESP; and HBA. The aluminium are also exceptionally rigid, and side impact bars for protection. There are numerous minor but no less ingenious features such as washer for the headlights that clean unit one at a time to minimise of illumination of the road ahead.

Driver appeal

With the V10 and W12 engines aboard, the Phaeton is frighteningly quick. It is a very vehicle – the V10 diesel has a weight of nearly 3,000kg but can reach 62mph in less seven seconds. The more engines may not deliver quite extreme performance but have respectable fuel economy and feel sluggish.

Even the model has over 220bhp and the all-wheel-drive system.

Family car

First car appeal

Quality and

There’s no denying that the is a top-quality car, but despite best efforts it is perceived as an image problem. Whereas the off-roader has been accepted as a 4×4 – partly it shares its underpinnings with the Cayenne – the Phaeton is regarded with some in the executive car park. But choosing a VW a more obvious BMW or Mercedes at proves the owner is independently

That the latest Passat such a resemblance is good for the but bad for the Phaeton.


A clever system works in conjunction memory functions in the front so that steering wheel and stay out of the way as the driver gets in, move back into once he or she is seated and ready to go. access is achieved using an powered system. When a is placed across the base of the on the rear VW badge, the lid is electronically and rises automatically.

It can also be by either the key or by a button on the driver’s A button on the inside of the boot lid the process to take place in

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

Sound of the standard stereo system is With ten speakers developing 190 and an eight-channel amplifier, the system sound quality comparable to of home hi-fi systems. A CD autochanger is fitted as standard, and is in the glove compartment.

It is possible to upgrade to a digital amplifier with twelve 270 watts music performance, sound processor (DSP) six-band equalising per channel, and more features to make purr with pleasure. All models are fitted with a system with seven-inch screen, which can have an TV tuner.

Cabin is luxuriously

Colours and trim

Engine determines exact trim though all models are very specified with standard including 4Zone electronic control; leather upholstery; CDC Damping Control) suspension; control; 12-way adjustable front seats; and Xenon Long wheelbase models with extra equipment as a rear console for operation of the control system and an electrically sunroof and rear screen

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