2005 Volkswagen Phaeton Consumer Review: The "Clark Kent" of Luxury Car

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
By Marin-Tahoe Driver on


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

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.

Best 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.

Worst Features

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 Orange digital lighting is outdated; soft blue is better.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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