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Compare Volkswagen Phaeton [3.0 TDI] vs Audi A8 D3 [3.0 CVT] vs Audi S8 D4 [S8]

Reviews

Neo score
77%
77%
86%
Pros
  • Highly interesting VR6, V10, and W12 engine options
  • Superb fit and finish
  • Smooth, quiet, and well appointed
  • Multi-link suspensions all-around
  • Glorious 4.2 TDI and W12 engine options
  • Much improved ZF 6HP transmission
  • Good 0.27 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
  • Much more modern inside
  • Rather good styling
  • Powerful V8TT engine
  • Great suspension setup
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
  • Good towing capacity
Cons
  • Front-heavy
  • Addicted to AWD
  • Unreliable range of FSI engines
  • Adoption of CVT for FWD
  • Questionable long-term reliability

Price

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Variants

3.0 TDI
3.2
3.2 4Motion
3.2 4Motion LWB
3.2 MT
4.2 4Motion
4.2 4Motion LWB
5.0 TDI 4Motion
5.0 TDI 4Motion LWB
6.0 420hp 4Motion
6.0 450hp 4Motion
6.0 4Motion LWB
3.0 CVT
3.0 CVT LWB
3.0 TDI DPF quattro AT LWB
3.0 TDI PDF quattro AT
3.0 TDI quattro AT
3.2 FSI CVT
3.2 FSI CVT LWB
3.2 FSI quattro AT
3.7 V8 quattro AT
4.0 TDI quattro AT
4.0 TDI quattro AT LWB
4.2 BiTDI quattro AT LWB
4.2 BiTDI quattro DPF AT
4.2 FSI quattro AT
4.2 FSI quattro AT LWB
4.2 quattro AT
4.2 quattro AT LWB
6.0 W12 quattro AT
6.0 W12 quattro AT LWB
S8
S8 Plus

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
500 L / 17.7 cu-ft
500 L / 17.7 cu-ft
520 L / 18.4 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
13.0 L / 13.7 qt
12.6 L / 13.3 qt
14.8 L / 15.6 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
8.3 L / 8.8 qt
6.3 L / 6.7 qt
8.7 L / 9.2 qt
Fuel Capacity
90.0 L / 23.8 gal
90.0 L / 23.8 gal
82.0 L / 21.7 gal
Passengers
5
5
5
Payload
525 kg / 1157 lbs
600 kg / 1323 lbs
600 kg / 1323 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Ventilated discs
Power Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
Multi-link
Multi-link
Multi-link
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Independent on trapezoidal lever
Tire Size
235/55 R17
235/60 R16
265/40 R20
Turning Circle
12.1 m / 39.7 ft
12.3 m / 40.3 ft

Construction

Body Style
4-door Sedan
4-door Sedan
4-door Sedan
Platform
D1

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
120 mm / 4.7 in
Size | Height
1450 mm / 57.1 in
1444 mm / 56.9 in
1458 mm / 57.4 in
Size | Length
5055 mm / 199.0 in
5051 mm / 198.9 in
5147 mm / 202.6 in
Size | Width
1903 mm / 74.9 in
1894 mm / 74.6 in
1949 mm / 76.7 in | 2111 mm / 83.1 in (mirror unfolded)
Track Width | Front
1628.0 mm / 64.1 in
1629.0 mm / 64.1 in
1632.0 mm / 64.3 in
Track Width | Rear
1612.0 mm / 63.5 in
1615.0 mm / 63.6 in
1623.0 mm / 63.9 in
Weight
2255.0 kg / 4971.4 lbs
1670.0 kg / 3681.7 lbs
1990.0 kg / 4387.2 lbs
Wheel Size
17 in
7.5J x 16
9.0J x 20
Wheelbase
2881 mm / 113.4 in
2944 mm / 115.9 in
2994 mm / 117.9 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
8.8 sec
7.9 sec
4.1 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
8.4 sec
7.5 sec
3.9 sec
CO2 Emission
290 g/km
230 g/km
225 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag
0.27
0.28
Fuel Economy
12.9 L/100km / 18.2 MPG (urban) | 7.7 L/100km / 30.5 MPG (highway)
9.6 L/100km / 24.5 MPG (combined) | 13.7 L/100km / 17.2 MPG (urban) | 7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (highway)
9.6 L/100km / 24.5 MPG (combined) | 13.6 L/100km / 17.3 MPG (urban) | 7.3 L/100km / 32.2 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
237.0 km/h / 147.3 mph
242.0 km/h / 150.4 mph
250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph
Towing Capacity
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2100 kg / 4630 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 1900 kg / 4189 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)
750 kg / 1653 lbs (w/o brakes) | 2300 kg / 5071 lbs (w/ brakes @ 8% gradient) | 2300 kg / 5071 lbs (w/ brakes @ 12% gradient)

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Front-engine (longitudinal), Front-wheel drive
Front-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel drive
Emission Standard
Euro 4
Euro 4
Euro 6
Engine
BMK
ASN
CTFA
Engine | Bore
83.0 mm / 3.3 in
82.5 mm / 3.2 in
84.5 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
17.0:1
10.5:1
9.3:1
Engine | Displacement
3.0 L / 181.1 cu-in / 2967.0 cc
3.0 L / 181.6 cu-in / 2976.0 cc
4.0 L / 243.7 cu-in / 3993.0 cc
Engine | Power
224.0 hp / 167.0 kW @ 4000 rpm
220.0 hp / 164.1 kW @ 6300 rpm
520.0 hp / 387.8 kW @ 5800 rpm
Engine | Specific Output
75.5 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
73.9 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
130.2 hp/L / 2.1 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
91.4 mm / 3.6 in
92.8 mm / 3.7 in
89.0 mm / 3.5 in
Engine | Torque
450 Nm / 331.9 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
300 Nm / 221.3 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm
650 Nm / 479.4 lb-ft @ 1700-5500 rpm
Engine | Type
Turbocharged multi-port injected diesel V6 engine with 4 values per cylinder
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V6 DOHC engine with 5 values per cylinder
Turbocharged direct-injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
6-speed
6-speed
8-speed
Transmission | Type
Automatic
Multitronic
Automatic ZF 8HP

Production

Availability
2004 ~ 2006
2003 ~ 2005
2012 ~ 2015
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