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A Volkswagen this may be but it’s not quite a people’s car. The Phaeton is the dictionary definition of a no-compromise car, a luxury limo built to weapons-grade quality built to strict instructions from VW's formerly all-conquering overlord Ferdinand Piëch. For more information on the VW Phaeton, click on our further stories on the links below. Just remember it's going off sale imminently; you might just catch one of the last Phaetons before they disappear from VW showrooms...
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The Phaeton shares its platform and epic W12 engine option with the Bentley Continental, yet is styled to look even more dull than a Passat. Curious. There’s four-wheel drive for all-weather traction and an excellent 3.0-litre V6 TDI powerplant (the W12 option’s now been quietly dropped from sale). If you can look past the dowdy exterior there’s an awful lot of car for the money, but you’ll have to stomach terrifying residuals come resale time. In fact, it makes more sense as a brave, thinking man’s second-hand purchase than a new buy. If you can find one; it’s not exactly been a sales smash. A decent car with the wrong badge.
The one we’d buy
3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION
The one we’d avoid like the plague
The W12. Sometimes too much really is too much
Rivals to consider
Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes S-class
Battleship build quality, fantastic engines, ultimate refinement
Dreary styling, horrifying residuals, weird four-spoked steering wheel