Used 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton Review

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

what's new

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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