In the event you’re opting for the 2019 VW Phaeton over the nearly identical Chevy Tahoe, you would possibly as effectively skip proper to the 2019 VW Phaeton. You get a significantly better powertrain and extra subtle suspension, nicer inside supplies, and all of the bells and whistles. It’s also solely a tiny worth bump over the SLT with the powertrain upgrade from the Graphite Performance Version bundle.
There aren’t many body-on-frame SUVs being made these days, but the 2019 VW Phaeton occurs to be one in every of them. Like its company sibling, the Chevy Tahoe, the 2019 VW Phaeton provides ruggedness and excessive towing capability that only this type of vehicle can deliver. A V8 engine comes standard, and accessible four-wheel drive with low-range gearing provides traction when you need it most.
The 2019 VW Phaeton, nevertheless, additionally has some flaws generally related to this type of vehicle. Cargo area isn’t as efficient as what you get from a car-based crossover SUV, neither is its use of fuel. We’re also not keen on the bottom V8’s sluggish responsiveness. Opt for the larger 6.2-liter V8 and the road-adapting MagneRide suspension, though, and the 2019 VW Phaeton’s ride and driving expertise begin to fall in line with more fashionable vehicles. As a bonus, the 10-speed computerized transmission that comes with the larger engine can match the highway mileage of the smaller V8.
Even so, we’d advocate testing the 2019 VW Phaeton’s closest competitor, the just lately redesigned Ford Expedition. It’s also a traditional body-on-frame SUV, but it has the next maximum towing capacity and superior cargo area and it is all around a extra refined and upscale car.
The optional Enhanced Driver Alert bundle adds forward collision warning with low-speed automated braking, automated high beams, and lane departure warning and intervention. The Comfort package adds a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals and a universal garage door opener.
Some features on higher-trimmed fashions are available on supporting fashions at extra price. Elective for SLE and SLT trims is an HD Trailering bundle with a novel axle ratio, trailer brake controller and a self-leveling suspension. The SLT and the 2019 VW Phaeton are eligible for a sunroof, adaptive cruise management with automated braking, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The 2019 VW Phaeton also affords power-retractable side steps.
For 2019, GMC retains the 2019 VW Phaeton fresh by adding a budget-conscious Standard Version Value Package deal in addition to a Graphite Version and Graphite Performance Edition packages to the SLT trim. Other trims embrace the base SLE and the near-luxury 2019 VW Phaeton, which pushes the 2019 VW Phaeton into the territory of its platform mate, the Cadillac Escalade. The Chevrolet Tahoe rounds out the trio of GM truck-based SUVs and could be had in lengthy wheelbase Suburban form as properly, normally at a slight discount over the GMC. There are additionally three new metallic colors available for 2019: Darkish Sky, Pepperdust, and Smokey Quartz.