|Reviewed By||Keith Martin|
|Price as Tested||$75,865|
Perhaps the best combination of svelte exterior lines and extraordinary interior spaciousness on the market today; magnificent wood and leather; capable all-wheel-drive system that pulled easily through deep snow; strong 335-horsepower engine.
navigation system; needlessly complex radio; power trunk lid that could double as a slow guillotine for the unwary; and of course, a ridiculous price for a car with a VW badge on it.
The minute you have to start explaining to someone why you bought a specific car, you’ve lost. We’ve never had to explain our Suburban or our E-class to anyone, yet we had to explain why the oversized Passat in our driveway cost $80,000 to everyone. And this is the cheap Phaeton. If you have to have one, wait a couple of years. Heavily subsidized leases today mean cheap resale values tomorrow.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
May 23, 2004