Despite relatively low residual value percentage predictions, ranging from 23% to 35%, the Phaeton offers a competitive residual value proposition alongside established luxury saloon rivals in terms of money lost.
CAP Monitor figures for August include the Phaeton for the first time and shows that the five-seat model almost matches the equivalent Mercedes-Benz S-class and loses less cash than the BMW 730i.
However, fleets could be throwing money away by selecting the four-seat Phaeton over the five-seat model. The £5,455 more expensive four-seat version retains none of the extra money spent on it over the less expensive five-seater.
Jeff Knight, editor of New Car Monitor, said: 'We came to the decision after some research and contacted a few people in the industry. We believe there would be a trade- off for the toys compared with having the use of a full five-seater.'
|Luxury model RV comparison|
|Model||P11D price||CAP RV (3yrs/60,000 miles)||Cash lost|
|VW Phaeton V6 5-seat||£42,720||£14,900 (35%)||£27,850|
|BMW 730i||£46,670||£16,600 (41%)||£30,070|
|Jaguar XJ6||£38,820||£16,100 (41%)||£22,720|
|Mercedes-Benz S280||£45,330||£18,075 (40%)||£27,220|
|VW Phaeton V6 4-seat||£48,175||£14,900 (31%)||£33,275|
|VW Phaeton W12 5-seat||£68,075||£16,800 (25%)||£51,275|
|BMW 760i||£76,170||£24,150 (32%)||£52,020|
|Mercedes-Benz S600L||£89,580||£26,475 (30%)||£63,105|
|VW Phaeton W12 4-seat||£71,970||£16,800 (23%)||£55,170|