For: Exclusivity, performance, equipment
Against: Inconsistent ride, thirst, steering
What happened next: Despite subsequently sharing its platform and engine with the Bentley Continental models of the time, the Phaeton was never more than an also-ran in the UK’s limo market. V6 and V8 petrols and a 5.0-litre V10 diesel were also offered but a 3.0-litre TDI V6 later became the sole UK choice. Production ended in 2016. VW recently released photos of the Phaeton’s intended replacement but the car never made it to market.