Volkswagen has given the Phaeton a mild refresh. The slow-selling luxury saloon gets a new front grille and alloy designs, plus new metallic paint shades. The interior has a revised centre console with an updated instrument cluster and a new touch screen satnav system.
Volkswagen has also taken the opportunity to slash the range to just two models, the 3.0-litre V6 TDI and the range-topping 6.0 W12. Prices have increased slightly, the 3.0-litre V6 TDI now costing £44,235 and the W12 listing at £75,395.
Both the 3.2-litre V6 and the 4.2-litre V8 have been quietly dropped. Not surprising, as the 4.2 Phaeton LWB lost more than 50 per cent of its list price in the first year – and only three had been sold in the UK since January.
That’s still better than the W12. According to the SMMT, only one Phaeton W12 has been registered in the UK this year.