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Volkswagen Phaeton Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.0 L W 12-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 420 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 11/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton

  • It competes favorably with Germany's finest on nearly every level, but without the prestigious brand name, it's hard to swallow the price.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful engine lineup, rock-solid build quality, exquisitely trimmed interior, standard all-wheel drive, a features list any Mercedes would be proud to call its own.

  • Cons

    Excessive weight impedes handling, poor fuel economy, premium price for a non-premium brand.

  • What's New for 2005

    Changes to VW's flagship sedan include a new style front grille, new soft-close doors, active cruise control and standard cell phone preparation for the W12 model (optional on V8). The V8 model also receives revised 18-inch alloy wheels and wood upgrades (Myrtle and Walnut).

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (9 total reviews)


2005 phaeton

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

I have never owned a more luxurious vehicle. It has every option you could possibbly ask for in an up scale auto. The ride is as quite as any Cadilac, Mercedes, or BMW we have owned over the years. This is truley the auto buy of the decade.




Best car i ever owned

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

I have owned many luxury and sports cars over the last 20 years. The Phaeton is clearly the best by a substantial margin. The fact that it carries the VW badge should not be a deterrent for true car lovers and afficionados.




A nice all around cruiser.

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

This car has all one could want in a cruising car. I bought it for long trips on the freeway and trips into NYC and Boston. The suspension is wonderful and with the W12, the car can get out of its own way also. As someone who races GT cars in 2 professional series, this is a great car for what it's meant to be. A nice street car with ample power, predictable handling, and the best interior space I been in.




Luv my phaeton

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

Have 31,000 miles on auto. Have not had one thing which I could ask the dealer to fix. NOTHING. Service has been beyond excellent. They say VW dealers dont know how to sell or provide customer service to luxury buyers. My buying and customer service from my dealer has been better than my previous Mercedes, Lexus and BMW dealers. Last two cars were 740-ils several small problems with each. Loved my 740s but my Phaeton will be remembered more than my first car. If I can ever part with this W12 my next car would be another one. It is too bad that other luxury car owners are afraid or maybe embarrassed of saying I own a VW. They are missing a great driving experience.




The "clark kent" of luxury

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

I was a dedicated BMW 7 Series owner, until the 7 Series became tainted by cab gimmickry, a rear end so homely it appears designed piecemeal by committee, and a failure to keep up with demand for advanced AWD driving technology. The Phaeton is precisely what the BMW 7 Series should be, had BMW been doing its homework over the last four years. Phaeton is doing for the VW trade name what award-winning chardonnay did for Gallo -- it brings an air of respectability to VW. Compared, the Audi A12 is just too lightweight. The heavy Phaeton has a low center of gravity, providing a feeling of safety, luxury and control.




What a bargain

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Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

The Volkswagen Phaeton W12 is the best kept secret in luxury automobiles. it has features galore, impressive performance, and terrific handling. Some critics have said the steering is too soft. Having owned at least one of each German made car, I can say the handling can only be criticized by a professional driver or nitpicking journalist. It corners beautifully and the all wheel drive is a bonus. I can only be critical of the navigation system, it doesn't have any street names. Otherwise, the car surrounds you with luxury and performance. With factory rebates to dealers, the price is astounding for a car of this level. I shopped the Audi A8L, BMW 745, and Mercedes S500. This car is a notch above them for about the same price.



Full 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton Review

What's New for 2005

Changes to VW's flagship sedan include a new style front grille, new soft-close doors, active cruise control and standard cell phone preparation for the W12 model (optional on V8). The V8 model also receives revised 18-inch alloy wheels and wood upgrades (Myrtle and Walnut).

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 11
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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