Phaeton is not a new car at all. Periodically experiencing renewals, it is coming off the assembly line of Dresden factory for almost eleven years. This is not a short period, and the age, of course, has some advantages. Direct price competitors for Phaeton model are BMW of seven series and the Jaguar XJ sedans. Both cars are much younger, and therefore, are equipped with the latest technology. They are also easier to control and faster going. And the price of the basic versions is pretty much the same.
So what do the Wolfsburg manufacturers count on, continuing to produce an eleven-year old vehicle? Well, despite its age Volkswagen Phaeton is loved all around the world. Dresden is the mother city of this vehicle; and here it is being produced. Here the first drive tests will also take place, but you can read about that below.
Salon of new Volkswagen Phaeton is strict, well-made and has expensive trimming materials decorating most devices inside. The controls have some unexpected decisions, for example, mirror adjustment control is located on the central tunnel.
As for unpleasant surprises, this vehicle doesn’t support iPod connection. This means you won’t be able to listen to your favorite music while you drive, unless you purchase this option as part of additional package. Despite its two-plus tons of weight, Phaeton drives very well, even on the most difficult and sinuous roads. You don’t feel any discomfort controlling the car as well as riding in it.
However, the model equipped with a least powerful engine, starting from 150 km/hour speed can’t offer the driver the same great dynamics its brothers can. Before this point the engine’s torque can still adequately disperse the car, but when the 150 km/hour are passed, you can forget about adequate dynamics. New Volkswagen Phaeton has a maximum speed of 237 km / h but it is really difficult to gain it, even when driving on a limitless freeway. In general, new Phaeton sedan is something you could replace your current version with, but don’t expect anything great coming from it.