Superbly comfortable thanks to air-sprung suspension and oh-so-quiet on the move
Dazzling number of buttons and gadgets set in luxurious wood and leather surroundings
Airbags all-round in case you crash, plus driver aids to help prevent that happening
We've not heard of any problems, and VW badge should count in its favour
It's enormous so you and your entourage can stretch out and the boot is carvernous
Very little doesn't come as standard; from four-zone climate control to sat-nav and rain-sensitive wipers
If you're high-powered and in a hurry, your best bet in the Volkswagen Phaeton range is the 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine. For a less rapid getaway, and less painful fuel bills we prefer the 3.0-litre diesel. Adjustable suspension means you won't spill your champagne even when being driven over bumpy roads.
Double glazed windows keep most noises out of the Phaeton and there will be little to disturb any international phone calls. Acres of leather upholstery and wood trip guarantee a feeling of quality, and it's beautifully put together. There's enough seat and steering adjustment for the driver to get comfortable and enough gadgets to distract even the most inquisitive teenager. Rear passengers can really stretch out, and there's a vast boot for the Louis Vuitton cases, too.
Airbags all-round in case you crash, plus driver aids to help prevent that happening.
It's very expensive to service, and the W12 engine is thirsty. Although it's a lavish luxury car, resale values are weak compared with a Mercedes S-Class: the VW badge hasn't quite got the same prestige. At least you won't need to go crazy with the extra options, sat-nav, leather, four-zone climate control and air-sprung suspension are standard.