VW Phaeton 2011 Tech Review

By on December 9, 2010
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Luxury meets technology.

Good: Super luxurious and comfortable, Adaptive Cruise Control and a powerful engine
Bad: Couldn't connect iPhone or Blackberry, Older software version
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Drive-wise, the VW Phaeton features many of the safety features and technologies found in cars of today. For example, you have Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure notifications, although unlike the CC that we looked at, the Phaeton does not have the option to nudge you back into your lane if you sidetrack a bit. What the Phaeton does offer is adaptive cruise control that automatically recognizes if the car ahead of you is slowing down and adjusts your car speed accordingly. Once the road clears, your speed goes back to what you had set it to on cruise control. This function works great and can come in very handy especially at time when you lose focus on the road and the car ahead of you suddenly brakes or a switches lanes.

Moving on to the back seat, the VW Phaeton is pure luxury. There is a lot of room in the back seat- especially for your legs making the journey in Phaeton’s back seat and extremely comfortable one. There are LCD screens present behind the driver and front passenger’s seat for the rear passengers to enjoy and VW bundles headphones for different audio zones meaning the passenger on the back seat could be listening to something else while the driver could be listening to something else. A remote control is also included to handle for the DVD player.

Besides the LCD screen, there is a refrigerated compartment accessible on the back seat as well allowing you to keep your drinks cool. VW also has an air conditioner module that lets you adjust the temperature on either side of the back seat.

The drive on the VW Phaeton complements the luxurious interior- its extremely comfortable. A bit too comfortable actually as I had to brake often after realizing that I was going way over the speed limit. The four corner air suspension with Continuous Damping Control enables the body of the Phaeton to be lowered at speeds above 140 km/h; this optimizes handling performance and lowers average fuel consumption.

To conclude, while the VW Phaeton features some impressive technology, it also lacks quite a bit of things we had see on the VW CC that we reviewed a couple of months back.The lack of Bluetooth connectivity on an iPhone or a BlackBerry was a bit of a let down. But where the car lacks in technology, it makes up in luxury with an extremely comfortable ride.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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