2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

    2004 Volkswagen Phaeton Review Summaries

    What reviewers liked most about the Volkswagen Phaeton

    • Our test car was equipped with a 4.2-liter, 335-hp, 317-lb-ft V8, the same engine in the A8 L, and we found it a delight (a W12 engine is optional), with a wonderful exhaust growl, something you don't expect in a luxury car.

      - AutoWeek
    • We felt protected and secure inside our elegant VW, surrounded by eight airbags including a complete side curtain system.

      - Edmunds.com
    • Thanks to double-pane windows, triple door seals and various other sound deadening techniques, the cabin of the Phaeton is whisper quiet even at speeds approaching 90 mph.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • The Phaeton's interior is sensational. Substantial seats are like sporting thrones with, from the option list: 18-way adjustability, both heating and cooling, and leather covering that is oh-so-soft and sensuous.

      - Road & Track

    What reviewers liked least about the Volkswagen Phaeton

    • We like the sound system, although no matter how many CDs we can stuff into a changer (Phaeton's is mounted in the glovebox), we still want a single-disc in-dash unit, and a car attempting to play in this rarefied air should come equipped with satellite radio.

      - AutoWeek
    • By a wide margin, we disliked the steering. It's light, which is okay if the effort builds in proportion to cornering forces. It doesn't.

      - Car and Driver
    • The Phaeton delivers an estimated 15 mpg in the city and 22 on highways with the V8 and 12 and 19 with the W12. Both engines call for premium fuel.

      - Carpoint.com

    Volkswagen Phaeton Comparisons

    • The rush of the W12 felt every bit as strong as the BMW 760Li, which we feel benchmarks the large performance sedan category.

      - Edmunds.com
    • We begin with the Phaeton (and, yes, we know it is ill-named), a handsome sedan, stretching VW design themes over a 207.1-in. overall length, about 3.5 in. longer than the Mercedes S-Class or long-wheelbase 7 Series BMW.

      - Road & Track

    Best one-liner about the Volkswagen Phaeton

    • Let's just say this ain't your father's Volkswagen.

      - Car and Driver
    • Volkwagen's Phaeton is a luxury car for people who prefer to wear their designer labels on the inside of their clothing.

      - New Car Test Drive

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