The world doesn’t seem to be in favor of the VW Phaeton, but everybody who had a chance to sit and drive in one will admit that it’s a great car. For 2009 the VW Phaeton will receive some further upgrades.
Key among the updates for the 2009 model year is a new 3.6L direct-injection petrol V6, rated at 276hp (206kW) – a gain of 28hp (21kW) over the outgoing model, while also improving efficiency and meeting Euro-5 emissions standards. That’s not to say that it’s a miserly fuel-sipper, though it does well for a large car at 20mpg (11.7L/100km) and 273g/km CO2 emissions. 4Motion AWD provides stability and traction, while a full slate of electronic driving aids work to ensure the shiny side stays up.
The most comprehensively revised part of the Phaeton, however, is the center console design and the ‘infotainment’ system housed within. Available with or without navigation, standard features include a high-resolution 8″ touch-screen in 16:9 format, integrated 30GB hard drive, and Bluetooth connectivity. A hybrid TV tuner can be optionally fitted to enable reception of both analog and digital DVB-T broadcasts, plus the built-in DVD drive can display any commonly used video or audio format. A set of new controls for the four-zone automatic climate control and a new aesthetic for the system’s presentation complete the update.
Source: Motor Authority