2005 Volkswagen Phaeton 6.0L W12 AWD 5-speed Automatic Consumer Review - The "Clark Kent" of Luxury
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton - Consumer Review

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W12 Sedan (6.0L W12 AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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The "Clark Kent" of Luxury Cars
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A)

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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.

Favorite Features

Luxurious interior, with Bentley-like appointments. Awesome acceleration. The driver feels he is in the "Clark Kent" of luxury cars - a Bentley Continental GT without the pretense. It is a show-stopper among those who love automobiles. Strangers often approach, awe-struck by the Phaeton.

Suggested Improvements

GPS requires cumbersome insertion of CDs for the region of the United States where one is driving. Suggest VW look at the more advanced hard disk GPS technology used by Lexus and Toyota. Orange digital lighting is outdated; soft blue is better. Switching from CD to radio is unduly cumbersome.
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