Volkswagen Phaeton 2012: The Obsession

29 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volkswagen Phaeton 2012: The Obsession

Volkswagen Phaeton

2012: The Obsession

The 2012 Volkswagen Phaeton is a 4 door full size sedan which is one of the high end vehicles known for the greatest standards of luxury and significant performance manufactured by the German car manufacturer, Volkswagen. Volkswagen is a marque of Volkswagen Group which also has huge marques such as Lamborghini, Audi, Bugatti and Bentley under its umbrella. The Phaeton was launched by Volkswagen during the Auto China event in 2010.

The 2012 Phaeton is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 TDI 240PS engine. This engine can generate 237 bhp of power at 4000 rpm and the max torque of 369 pound-feet at 1500 rpm. This car comes in an all wheel drive system and is mated to a 6 speed automatic tip tronic transmission. The top speed it can achieve is pegged at 147 mph. The acceleration is not bad at 8.3 seconds for reaching from 0 to 60 mph.

It gives out CO2 emissions at 224 g/km. As far as the fuel economy is concerned, it does a good job with the city mileage at 24.4 mpg and highway mileage at 42.2 mpg with the combined mileage of 32.2 mpg.

The looks and feel of the interiors is just fine but it does not make you say wow if that’s what you are expecting from the new Phaeton.

The dashboard is made decently and has a clock in the middle. The front seats are heated, comfortable, well cushioned and highly adjustable. The leather clad steering wheel has multifunction capabilities. You would also get a 4 zone climate control system.

The length is pretty good and in the new model you can get an additional legroom of 120 mm in the rear passenger cockpit. It carries amenities that a premium car holds. The interiors are embellished by the Eucalyptus wood trim and Anthracite Vienna leather. A host of infotainment features are also available for your convenience.

The front and rear doors have storage pockets for better extra storage space.

Volkswagen Phaeton is known for having received no changes in its outer design and modeling since its inception. But this model year has seen minor but comparatively significant changes in the outer layout of the sedan. The front fascia of the new Phaeton has been revised which has given its looks the much needed boost. The headlights are complimented by the LED daytime running lights and front fog lamps.

The sides have got metal strips which add to its looks quite nicely.

Talking about the pros and cons, we would like to share that the biggest plus points about this sedan is that it is quite spacious and gives a good value for money. But what makes 2012 Volkswagen Phaeton not a very good idea is that fact that it has a taxi like image and its cabin does not have a very nice feel as a whole.

The base model of the new 2012 Volkswagen Phaeton i.e. V6 starts from £45,210 whereas the higher end model V6 LWB starts from £47,735.

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