part two The 4Zone Climatronic is said to be draught-free and unique to the Volkswagen Phaeton.
The 4Zone Climatronic is said to be draught-free and unique to the Volkswagen Phaeton. After reaching the desired temperatures, the system cools or heats through emitters for more indirect, ambient heating and there is a humidity control that prevents the windows steaming up.
Whilst I am on the subject of heating and ventilation, at the front of the cabin there is a broad, wood trim panel which runs across the dashboard to join the matching door trims. Across the front it is broken up into various panels; two small ones either side and a central section containing an analogue clock. When the upper air-vents are switched on these panels gently rise into the fascia in a serene manner.
The mixture of wood and leather is a measure of quality and superiority. And, although there is plenty of both in the Volkswagen Phaeton, the cabin does look a tad old-fashioned or should I say conservatively traditional. However, this is far from the case as the car is loaded with electronic wizardry and entertainment systems. As an indication of just how much on-board technology there is in an average Volkswagen Phaeton, we are told that there is some 3.2km of wiring, depending on the added extras, of which there are many.
The Volkswagen Phaeton test car is priced at £46,530 and the W12 is £75,260. Apart from the obvious luxury, you get powered and heated folding door mirrors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear parking sensors with optical warning as well as audible, automatic wipers and a headlight cleaning system that washes one headlight at a time so that the lighting effect isn't minimised too much. The multifunctional steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach, while the front seats have 12-way adjustment and include lumbar support. Overhead is an electric, glass sunroof with multiple sliding and lifting functions and a speed-dependent, electronically-controlled wind deflector.
Those are just the highlights. The Volkswagen Phaeton test car came fitted with Automatic Distance Control (£1,680), Side Scan lane change assist that flashes a warning from the door mirrors if there is an obstacle to consider and well worth the extra £400. A rear-view camera is added for £965 and Bluetooth preparation adds a further £845.
However, the main feature is the re-designed infotainment centre comprises a 6CD-autochanger in the glovebox and a DVD-navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen, which also controls the audio system and optional TV and telephone systems. It is also the means by which to configure suspension settings and climate control preferences.
Volkswagen Phaeton Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volkswagen Phaeton 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.3 seconds|
|Top Speed||147 mph|
|Transmission||6-Speed Tiptronic Automatic|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||37.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 20/05/09)||£46,530|