(4.8) 12 reviews
MSRP: $3,982$16,702
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 15-19
Engine: 420-hp, 6.0-liter W-12 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

Our Take on the 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

Our Take

Volkswagen’s new luxury Phaeton sedan has been available in Europe since the spring of 2002 and is expected to go on sale in the United States in late 2003. Two engines will be available in U.S. models: a 335-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 that teams with six-speed Tiptronic transmission and a ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features

  • Full-size dimensions
  • V-8 or W-12
  • Tiptronic automatic transmission
  • Air suspension all around

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.