Volkswagen Phaeton

Ex-Showroom Price

₹ 76,28,000
* Delhi. May vary.
Discontinued

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QUICK FACTS
Fuel Type Petrol
No. of Gears 6 Automatic
Body Type Sedan
Summary VW Phaeton is a premium level sedan which is built by the best known German car-maker, Volkswagen. Phaeton is a top notch car made for the niche segment. The sedan is powered by a 3587cc V6 engine which generates maximum power of 280 bhp @ 6250 rpm and gives out maximum torque of 370 Nm @ 3500 rpm. It runs on a 6 speed automatic gearbox and has a massive boot space of 500 litres. The car has a top speed of 240 kmph and makes it from 0 to 100 in 6.10 seconds. The car is a rival to Audi A8 and Mercedes Benz S-Class.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Engine Description 3597cc, V6
Maximum Power 280 Bhp @ 6250 rpm
Maximum Torque 370 Nm @ 3500 rpm
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
Top Speed (KMPH) 240
0-100 kmph 6.10 seconds
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Overall Length 5175 mm
Overall Width 1903 mm
Overall Height 1450 mm
Wheelbase 3001.0 mm
Ground Clearance 128.00 mm
Kerb Weight 2200.00 kg
CAPACITY
Seating Capacity 5
Boot Space 500.00 litres
Fuel Tank Capacity 90.00 litres
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
Brakes Front Ventilated, Rear Disk
Suspension NA
WHEELS & TYRES
Alloy Wheels
Tyre Size (235/55 R17
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Steering Adjustment (Rake)
Steering Mounted Controls
Rear AC Vents
Remote Fuel Filler
Steering Adjustment (Reach)
Air Conditioner Dual Zone Climate Control
Power Steering Tilt
Rear Defogger
Rear Washer & Wiper
Rain Sensing Wipers
Power Windows
Remote Boot Release
EXTERIOR FEATURES
Body Coloured Bumpers
Outside Rear-view Mirrors Both Side Electric
Tinted Glass
INTERIOR FEATURES
Sunroof
ACTIVE & PASSIVE SAFETY FEATURES
Rear Seat Belts 2
Airbags 8
Parking Sensors
BRAKING & TRACTION
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Traction Control
LOCKS & SECURITY
Central Locking Remote
INSTRUMENTATION
Trip Distance 2
Tachometer
LIGHTING
Xenon Headlamps
Front Fog Lights
Darkness Sensing Headlamps
ORVM Turn Indicators
INFOTAINMENT
Music System Dash Integreted Music System
SEATS & UPHOLSTERY
Leather Seats Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Rear Centre Armrest With Cup Holder
Driver Seat Adjustment Electric

Volkswagen Phaeton Review

29 Sep, 2014 05:11 PM

Review

It has been two years since Volkswagen Phaeton was introduced to India and the saloon class sedan has performed remarkably well in the market. The reason why Volkswagen decided to bring Phaeton to the market was that Mercedes Benz desired to taken Volkswagen head-on on its European concourse with its A-Class. Volkswagen Phaeton’s closest enemy is Audi A8 which has been in India for a longer time than Phaeton. This saloon sedan comes equipped with one of the most state-of-the-art interior features which make Volkswagen live up to its repute. Let us look into various aspects of Phaeton that make it an arch-enemy of Audi A8.

Exterior

Volkswagen surely lives up to its name and this can be seen by a mere glance at Phaeton which covers every design facet of a perfect saloon class luxury sedan. Coming to the front fascia, Bi-Xenon headlights have been fitted which come equipped with cornering lights that are quite adaptive. Additionally, an automatic headlight cleaner has been fitted to the system which intelligently senses the density of froth or dust on the headlights and wipes it off accordingly. The streamline bumpers have chrome trim on them and the windshield has been made to be aerodynamic in order to make sure that there is no resistance on the part of air which the car is in motion. The chrome package on the exteriors gives Phaeton a very aggressive look for both the front fascia as well as the rear. The fog lamps have been fitted below the headlights and give sufficient luminance to see through dense fog or even smoke. It is usually being said that the exoskeleton of Phaeton is as strong as that of a muscular SUV. A sun roof has been generously provided and it operates electronically. Coming to the rear, a protective windshield has been provided on the rear in order to prevent sunlight from entering the cabin. Additionally, Phaeton comes with two twin-chrome exhaust tips and a very artistic set of tail-lights.

Interior

When it comes to interiors, we must say Volkswagen has done us all a service. Phaeton has one of the most exquisite set of features inside the cabin which leave no stone unturned for definitive luxury. The air-conditioning system is smartest above all as it precisely measures the position of the sun as well as intensity of light and therefore, adjusts the temperature of the cabin according to each and every passengers individually. This ensures that all the passengers are equally comfortable in the no matter how hot it is outside. Another exquisite feature is what they call the RNS 810 Radio Navigation System which has an 8-inch touch panel having multiple colours. Almost the whole of interiors has been done up using “Sensitive Classic Style” leather upholstery. The steering wheel boasts of having multiple features and is covered in high-quality wood and same goes with the gear knob. Gear can be changed from the steering paddle as well and this is the same manner in which gear is changed in Formula 1 racing cars. An automatic dimming rear-view mirror has been generously fitted and most of the cabin boasts of grain-wood décor.

Comfort & Convenience

Those in India who go for high-end luxury sedans primarily look to the comfort aspect of the car and this is the reason why Phaeton is revered by Indian customers. This 5-seater comes equipped with illuminated sun visors, automatic climate control and vanity mirror for passengers, rain sensors as well as outside door mirrors which can be electrically adjusted and folded as per the convenience of the driver. The sunroof as it has been pointed out in the previous section operates electronically and the air conditioner makes sure that the temperature in the cabin remains uniform for all the passengers. Volkswagen Phaeton can accommodate 5 passengers at a time comfortably. Additional comfort features include telephone set-up with Bluetooth and a refrigerator that has been fitted into the console. The luggage box of Volkswagen Phaeton has a total capacity of 500 litres. Leg room is ample and most of the controls are maintained electronically.

Music System

Volkswagen Phaeton comes with a 6-CD Changer as well as a radio, both of which can be operated from the 8-inch screen interface. The infotainment system can store MP3 and wma audio format files and has a good storage capacity. USB connectivity is also available and additionally, one can connect i-pod to an 8-channel amplifier. A total of 10 loudspeakers have been placed all around the cabin which ensures amplified surround sound.

Engine & Gearbox

Volkswagen Phaeton might score a lot when it comes to judging the exteriors as well as interiors, but what lies beneath the hood is something that surely makes it the epitome of engineering. Phaeton is powered by a 3.6 Litre V6 engine that runs on petrol and has the capability of pumping maximum power of 280 Bhp at 6250 rpm along with a peak torque of 370 Nm at 3500 rpm. For ease of driving experience, the engine is paired to an automatic six-speed transmission. This engine makes Phaeton accelerate from 0-100 Km/hr in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 240 Km/hr.

Safety Features

Volkswagen never compromises with safety and thus have provided a total of 8 airbags out of which two are for front, two for back and four for side. Early crash sensors activate all of these airbags and ensure that the passengers remain safe and sound. Additional safety features include ESP, ABS, Fog lamps, and monitored anti-theft alarm system, parking sensors, EDL, TCS, ASR and many more. In case if there is an accident, then the wipers on the windshield cloak automatically under the bonnet in order to prevent any injury from them.

Shades Available in Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen Phaeton is available in 6 shades: Campanella White, Cairo Grey, Arabesque Silver, Mazeppa Grey, Tarantella Black and Luna Blue.

Verdict

The interiors as well as exteriors along with ergonomics make Phaeton a perfect luxury car but the downside is that Volkswagen cars as usual are exorbitantly priced and come with less mileage (10 Kmpl).

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