VW has announced pricing and spec for the new Phaeton

VW has announced pricing for the new Phaeton with the base model 3.0-litre V6 TDI starting from £46,195.

There are a further two long wheelbase versions giving rear passengers an extra 120mm leg room, with the 3.0-litre V6 starting from £48,640 and the 6.0-litre W12 with 444bhp priced from £78,685.

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The latest Phaeton has received subtle revisions, echoing styling from the Passat, which include LED running lights, new bumpers and new alloy wheels.

A redesigned multifunction steering wheel design, satellite navigation with Google maps and the £2045 optional 1000w Dynaudio pack with 12 speakers complete the additions to the interior.

Standard equipment includes 4MOTION four-wheel drive, eight airbags, Continuous Damping Control (CDC) adjustable air suspension, leather upholstery and 18-way adjustable electric seats.

The Phaeton is on sale in the UK now.

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DKW

4 October 2010

Is it substantially mechanically different to the old one? If so, road test please. I've always liked good engineering delivered discreetly.

I'd be happy to drive something flash for a weekend, but as a daily driver give me discreet any day.

4 October 2010

[quote DKW]

If so, road test please. I've always liked good engineering delivered discreetly.

I'd be happy to drive something flash for a weekend, but as a daily driver give me discreet any day.

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One can't beat a car that stands head and shoulders above those around it and yet remains subtle enough to allow its driver to sit in a traffic jam and pick his nose in peace.

4 October 2010

[quote tannedbaldhead]allow its driver to sit in a traffic jam and pick his nose in peace.[/quote]

.... isn't that why dark tinted glass was invented ??? ;o)

p.s. Saw a guy get nicked for having too dark a tint on his Mk 4 Astra on Saturday - driver and passenger side windows and the windscreen eek !!! - Police cars carry a neat little light transmission meter for this purpose .....

4 October 2010

Does it ride any better than the old car? Probably not.

The Phaeton does seem to fit its billing perfectly (i.e. 'luxury Q-car') right up to the point you park your arse in it, realising thereupon that your fifty large would have bought an objectively better, slower depreciating Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW or Audi.

And if you're so obsessed about not being noticed but still want something large, smooth and safe, wot's not to like about a mint W140? Having had a £90K W12 and been underwhelmed I'd take grandpa's Benz for £3K any day of the week...

4 October 2010

[quote ThwartedEfforts]And if you're so obsessed about not being noticed but still want something large, smooth and safe, wot's not to like about a mint W140?[/quote]

Nought at all except I can't get my dogs, mountain bikes or surveying equipment in a big saloon.

[quote ThwartedEfforts]£3K [/quote]

Which oddly enough is what I paid for a very tidy 10 year old E Class W210 Estate that tick all the boxes above (Thwarted's and my own).

I still think the Pheaton is an excellent piece of kit though I have to conceed

[quote ThwartedEfforts]fifty large [/quote]

is a bit much.

But hey ho, the depreciation will sort that out. It makes the Pheaton bloody good second hand buy. Just a shame they don't make an Estate.

4 October 2010

Why oh why? Lets get this straight....Jag, BMW or Merc and you choose a VW.

Cant the management at VW just drive an Audi?

4 October 2010

Good secondhand buy, terrible residuals etc... or so I thought. Don't get me wrong, buy new and lose a lot of money. However, just had a quick peek on Autotrader to see a 05 plate 3.0 TDI Phaeton for £8500. A good buy until you see it has 177,000 on the clock!

Which nutter would choose to buy this car and this price?!

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

4 October 2010

Wow that brings dull to a whole new level. Well done VW! Perfect for China me thinks!

4 October 2010

£46,000!!

If i had been asked what a Phaton cost i would have guessed low to middle 30s. No wonder they are so rare.

5 October 2010

[quote Rich_uk]

05 plate 3.0 TDI Phaeton for £8500. A good buy until you see it has 177,000 on the clock!

Which nutter would choose to buy this car and this price?!

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177k doesnt mean much does it? What would you worry about?

Can you imagine the diesel pheaton being used mostly on the track or used by a 17 year old boy racer for most of the miles?

Price leaves plenty of money spare to recondition the turbo/engine etc.

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