Up for review is the 1:18 scale model of the Volkswagen Phaeton from GT Autos, a sister brand of Welly. GT Autos is considered the premier marque of the umbrella brands, so expectations were higher than usual. How did the brand fare? Firstly, this is the third generation, or should I say “face lift”, to the Phaeton since its introduction in 2002. The car is marketed as the premier-class luxury vehicle from the Volkswagen brand, and was introduced in 2010 at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.
At first glance, the model is quite striking. What hits you first is the size and unique brown/gold exterior paint. The paint is quite good overall. Upon closer inspection, you’ll definitely see the model is budget-like and lacks the refinements of higher priced pieces. By the way, this piece is roughly $100CND once you factor in all the variables. Not bad. Shutline are good, but the panel gaps are a little less desirable. For example, from the bird’s eye view of the exterior, you will notice the front hood alignment is off – gap to the driver side is considerably larger than on the passenger side. Also, with the tailgate in the closed position, you’ll notice the taillight pieces are slightly misaligned. Yes, I know I’m nit-picking, but these issues had to be mentioned. Overall, the exterior is reasonably good and receives a passing mark.
The model allows access to the front motor and rear storage. Also, access to the interior bits is done with four opening doors (hello, Minichamps). Not bad for a budget piece. The added detail is the rear storage, as the photo will show, fully carpeted and providing access to a full-size spare. Thumbs up here, GT Autos!
Motor is quite simple, as is the theme with many modern European cars today, with detail presented close to the original 1:1. The W12 badge is front and center as it should be.
The wheels and surrounding brake bits are nicely executed too. The massive calipers show nicely behind the 20″ OEM wheels.
The interior is nicely appointed as well. Two-tone black/beige with wood paneling is found throughout. The high-end, luxury angle is definitely covered here. One thing that is puzzling is the third pedal (far left side). Either it is a parking assist that is off scale, or a mistake from Welly/GT Autos. Anyone care to comment?
Being a huge Volkswagen enthusiast, this model was a no brainer to me. It may not be the cup of tea for the masses either, based on the lack of appeal of a luxury sedan. Overall execution is good, but I can’t help feel the model seems a bit rushed and lacking in overall refinement. I’ve seen better form the GT Autos brand, I’m sure you have too. Enjoy the pics!