A revised version of the Volkswagen Phaeton luxury saloon is now on sale, and Which? Car has all the details.
The Phaeton is VW’s equivalent of an Audi A8, BMW 7 Series or Mercedes S-Class, and what it lacks in image it has always made up with thorough engineering. This mildly revised version is likely to follow this trend.
New Phaeton only in three flavours
Just three models of new VW Phaeton are available: short- and long-wheelbase 3.0-litre TDI turbodiesels, plus the range-topping long-wheelbase 6.0-litre W12 petrol.
The diesels provide 236bhp, emit 224g/km CO2 and return 32.2mpg combined; the W12, which has a piston arrangement similar to that found in the Bugatti Veyron, produces 444bhp – meaning CO2 and fuel economy is not for the faint of heart at 348g/km and 19.5mpg. All figures according to official EU testing.
The diesels are by far the bigger sellers.
Tweaked looks, standard sat nav with optional Google Maps
Changes for the updated Phaeton come both inside and out.
On the outside there are revisions to the front bumper, grille and bi-xenon headlights – which now feature LED daytime running lights – giving the Phaeton a face similar to that of the brand new Volkswagen Passat, which was shown for the first time at the Paris motor show last week.
At the rear there are new lights and an altered bumper; the front bumper also includes LED fog lights. New alloy wheel designs complete the makeover.
On the inside there’s a new multifunction steering wheel and a full-colour display in the instrument cluster. These are complimented by new trim choices and standard fit satellite navigation. This RNS 810 unit is optionally available with Google Maps – for the first time in any Volkswagen.
Eight airbags and air suspension
Other standard equipment includes 4Motion four-wheel drive, Continuous Damping Control (CDC) adjustable air suspension, leather upholstery, 18-way adjustable electric seats and a highly advanced climate control system. Safety kit includes laminated glass and no less than eight airbags.
Optional upgrades include a 1,000-watt Dynaudio stereo system with 12 speakers.
New Phaeton: from £46,195
Prices for the revised Volkswagen Phaeton start at £46,195 on the road for the short-wheelbase 3.0-litre TDI diesel.
Upgrading to the long-wheelbase model – which adds an extra 120mm of rear legroom – costs £2,445, taking the total price to £48,640.
The range-topping Phaeton W12 represents a substantial hike, however, at £78,685 on the road.
The new VW Phaeton is in dealerships now.