2006 Volkswagen Phaeton

  • 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 Sedan

    V8 Sedan

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      4.2L V8
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  • 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 Sedan

    W12 Sedan

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      6.0L W12
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2006 Volkswagen Phaeton Review

A good example of a nice, luxury sedan.

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The 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton wears the VW badge proudly. It is the flagship sedan of the German automaker first produced for the European market in 2003. The Volkswagen Phaeton is manufactured in Dresden, Germany. Built primarily of glass windows, the factory is described as transparent, but it is more than appropriate for assembling such a nontraditional Volkswagen automobile.

The Volkswagen Phaeton has a 118-inch wheelbase that gives the sedan more than ample room for rear and front passengers. Stretching almost 204 inches in length and 57 inches high, it nearly replicated the look of other sedans in the segment. 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton primary features are separate temperature controls, onboard computer system, lots of safety features, all-wheel drive, and humidity sensors on the climate control.

Undisputable value makes the 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton one of the highest caliber of full-size luxury sedans. It delivers faultless construction, loads of power, and luxury amenities to form an all-around great automobile. The price tag may be the only issue that shoppers have with the 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton, but those that own one will love it. Overall, the Phaeton is worthy of consideration when shopping for a luxury sedan that has more than enough features. The excellent ride and comfort with incorporated technological advances make it a good choice.

The Range

Body Styles: Sedan
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8, 6.0-liter W12
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Phaeton V8, Phaeton W12

What's New

The 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton engine gets a 24-hp increase in horsepower. It also has minor additions, such as Bluetooth connectivity and an adjustment for headrests.


The 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton is a full-size luxury sedan that offers a long-wheelbase and choice of two engines. The standard equipment will vary upon the engine choice, though all of the Volkswagen Phaeton vehicles are standard with high-density discharge headlights, entry-exit lighting at every door, heated windshield washer nozzles, and an oversized sunroof that makes the exterior very unique. Choosing the V-8 VW Phaeton will add 17-inch alloy wheels for enhancement of the exterior, while the W12 get 18-inch wheels for a different look. It also comes with 17 exterior colors.


All 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton vehicles come standard with a climate control system with four-zone capability, premium 10-speaker sound system, and a six-CD changer that is mounted on the glove box. The V-8 automobile includes rear sunshades, stainless steel pedals, leather steering wheel with hand stitching, eucalyptus wood trim, lumbar support, and power front seats that feature memory and heaters. The W12 comes with walnut wood trim, additional window tinting, and an upgraded sound system with 12 speakers. The 12-cylinder comes with an innovative power-adjustable 18-way front seats that have heat and ventilation, along with a massage function.

The 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton has a very innovative seven-inch color screen vehicle management system that utilizes a navigation system, stereo system, onboard trip computer, and climate control system. With all of the technology, it is extremely easy to read and use.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton comes with two different engine options. There is the 4.2-liter V-8 that produces 335 horsepower, and a six-liter W12 that generates 444 hp. The mate for the V-8 is an automatic six-speed transmission capable of a manual shift, while the W12 has an automatic five-speed with the same manual shifting options. All of the 2006 Volkswagen Phaetons are standard all-wheel drive and are limited to the highest speed of 135 mph.

The 2006 Phaeton fine-tuned its air suspension, which has continuous damping control; this allows the Volkswagen to automatically adapt to driving conditions and road surfaces without needing any driver input. The suspension is competent and the engine is exciting, making a very enjoyable and entertaining ride. The first test drive will have shoppers in love with this luxury Volkswagen sedan.


The 2006 Volkswagen Phaeton is blessed with eight airbags and side curtain airbags. Anti-lock brakes are standard with brake assist for emergencies, stability control, and tire pressure systems. An optional feature is electronic park assist.

EPA Fuel Economy

Phaeton V8: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Phaeton W12: 11/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Superb Interior craftsmanship
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Simple interior controls
  • Ample passenger room
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Extra weight that affects handling
  • Premium price

Sum Up

A good example of a nice, luxury sedan.

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