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Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 3
Engine size 3.0
Engine size 2967
The Volkswagen Phaeton was a full Luxury segment saloon that ambitiously tried to bring Bentley build quality to a brand that was never seen as a credible choice by boardroom buyers in the Jaguar, BMW, Audi and Mercedes-dominated large four-door sector. The few customers that were able to look past the bonnet badge though, found this car an appealing thing to own and it makes far more sense as a used car purchase than it ever did new. If you can find one, that is. In late 2010, Volkswagen facelifted the Phaeton for its final few years of life. That's the version we're going to look at here.
The Volkswagen Phaeton proved that it doesn't matter how brilliantly you design and build your luxury saloon, if it doesn't have the right badge, then it won't sell in any meaningful numbers. That probably says more about potential buyers than it does about Volkswagen, who back in 2002, created something outstanding with this design and usefully improved it in the post-2010 facelifted guise we've been looking at here. It never made much sense as a new car purchase but as a used car proposition, there's no question as to its merits. Indeed for the money, as a secondhand buy, this model has long been completely unrivalled in the luxury saloon segment.
Overall, for those prepared to look beyond the obvious contenders in the luxury used car sector, who are buying for the long term and want something just that little bit different, this is a choice that still offers an intriguing alternative. Volkswagen, roughly translated, means 'peoples' car'. And as a Bentley for the people, there's still nothing quite like a Phaeton.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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