MY CAR Introduce yourself to the viewers. – I’m Korneel, 32 years. I was born and raised in Brabant, now I live in idyllic Houten. Idyllic Houten. They saw us. We’re going to drive with my car today. – We’re driving your car. What is it? My beloved Phaeton W12. This time I’m sitting in the front. You’re letting yourself be driven? – When possible, but I haven’t had the chance yet. No? – My family thinks it’s too big to drive. They tell me to drive because they don’t want to drive the “lumbering” car. I have to find a chauffeur. The position is open if you want. This is a test drive. If I get really enthusiastic you can hire me for the weekend. That’s great. – We’ll talk about that later. But, a Phaeton W12.Why a Phaeton W12? Every video starts with the question “why”. That’s something I’m very curious about. Why would you choose this car? You told me you drive a lot. I used to drive a lot, between 40,000 and 100,000 km (25,000 – 62,000 miles) a year. Do you have a different job now? – No, we’re all representatives. I’m going to customers to talk about computers. It happens like that. I’ve seen different customers and many places in the Netherlands. I don’t like the Randstad. I live in the middle and south, so the miles do add up. After owning several cars I decided a comfortable car taking you from A to B is nice. It shouldn’t be slow, though. I hate slow cars. The W12 was on my wish list for a long time. It had to be a W12? – It had to be a W12, because it’s quick.You just pointed out one of your previous cars. You had a Peugeot 205, which doesn’t have a big engine. I had a 205, but the 1.6 wasn’t that slow. A 205 doesn’t weigh much. I had a couple of diesel cars, an RCZ (that’s quick), and a 607 (quick as well, but clumsy). That’s when you bought a Phaeton. – Yes, that’s more subtle. The Phaeton was on my wish list for a long time. I wanted it. Mostly for the comfort and speed. I drive to family or around town. I like to drive 150 km (93 miles) to my family in comfort. Because I’m a cheapskate: a Phaeton doesn’t cost anything. If you buy a good one and maintain it, this is the cheapest way to drive in comfort.That’s the fun thing about this car. Piëch wanted this car. It didn’t make sense. One of the reasons was the A-Class, an affordable Mercedes. Because Volkswagen was the one to make affordable cars, they went fishing in the same pond. There had to be a Phaeton, partly based on Bentley
technology. It shouldn’t be sporty, because that’s Audi in the Volkswagen Group. That was good for the competition with BMW. This one had to be the pinnacle of comfort. There were bizarre criteria. One of the things Piëch demanded you should be able to drive 300 kph (186 mph) at 50˚C (122˚F) without hurting the car. It’s bizarre, but this car has this much overengineering. You notice this with a number of things. Driving on the highway doesn’t help my lead foot.120 or 200 kph (75 or 124 mph) doesn’t make much of a difference in sound and surroundings. You’re driving fast. Not 200 kph (124 mph) in the Netherlands, dear policeman watching this. I’d never do that. – No, never. If you’re doing it, you won’t hear the windshield wipers. Every Audi I owned had that annoying squealing sound. Not here. Small things like that show someone put thought into the car. Still, it’s under-appreciated. That’s good for people like you, because the cars cost nothing. If you have 150,000 euros to spend on a car… You’re not shopping at Volkswagen then. – You could buy a Bentley, a Rolls, or a VW.I think the Volkswagen sellers had to get used to someone spending 150,000 euros. “Are you buying 5 Golf GTIs?” – Like that. If I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t… I don’t care much about cars. I like driving in comfort and quickly so. You are an enthusiast, though. The cars you listed include special ones. A car can be pretty (not boring) and it has to be quick, comfortable, and fun. Especially if I drive it a lot. – You don’t get attached, though. Flat is flat. If it’s gone, it’s gone. It’s that easy. – If something cooler comes along tomorrow… Make a good offer and it’s yours. Who knows. You’re doing a nice speed. – It is quick. I’m doing a little over the speed limit. It is no effort. It can go in Sport Mode. Is that down? – One down. This is for science. We have to try it. We’re professionals. Here’s a straight. As if I know where I’m going. The only bad thing about the car… I won’t say the speed, but I do see it.I can imagine you get mail sometimes and you wonder how you did that much over. From Utrecht, recently. – You just don’t notice. It feels like doing 40 kph (25 mph) when you’re doing 90 kph (56 mph). When you accelerate… I drove an RCZ with 197 hp for some time. When accelerating you hear it inside and out. That’s nice. Half of it is cheated with Peugeot’s soundbox, but it still sounded good. It
didn’t matter. An experience was created. – This one has a jet engine. It hums a bit louder when accelerating, but mainly the speedometer tells you’re going fast. You have to keep an eye on it, else you won’t know. – Yes, correct. Coming back to the small things of the Phaeton: the satnav doesn’t show your ETA. You only see how many miles are left. It no longer matters at what speed, we’re simply going there and we’ll see when we arrive. It has something. – You know a car like this will take you there fast.Your ETA doesn’t matter. You just have to leave on time. It rained here, but I didn’t see it come down. This is a lovely car, but you’ll sell it if something else comes along. Do you know what its successor will be? – No idea. I have this now. You’re very happy with it, so you’re not looking. Or are you always looking? You always have to look. – What are you looking at? Trick question. There are a lot of pretty cars. I was driving behind a new 3008, which is pretty to look at. I wouldn’t want to buy it, but it’s a very pretty car. – You do have a Peugeot heart. Absolutely. – It’s firmly rooted in your DNA.This is the first non-Peugeot I’m driving voluntarily. – Really? OK. Voluntarily. Have you been forced to drive something other than a Peugeot? I drove a Volkswagen Golf and a number of Polos, but I quickly ended that. That sounds rather rigorous. You’re 19, just got your driver’s license, and your employer gives you a car. Good luck. You think you’re the best driver in the world. Everyone who’s 19 and just got his driver’s license is the best driver in the world. Fact. Or was that disappointing? – That was 3-totaled-cars disappointing.3 totaled cars? Look. – I did get a new one every time, though. After the third one they told me to drive my own car. – OK. That one was also wrecked after a month? No, that’s… – It’s different if it’s yours. It’s the same with this car… I like reading about new cars on Autoblog. That’s how I learn about new cars I’d like to own. Often you see someone crashing his Ferrari into a street light. That sucks. That’s not funny. Over half of the commenters says it wouldn’t have happened with them, because they’re “good drivers”. I think I’m a good chauffeur. I think I drove 600,000 km (373,000 miles) now. I had this car 4 weeks and nearly crashed it. You’re on winter tires and it has AWD, so you think you’ll make that corner.You accelerate. How much is
400 hp anyway? It was enough to drift it over 4 wheels and bust a rim on the curb. You’re drifting 2,500 kg (5,512 lb). – Yes, with a full tank. I think… – 2,500 kg (5,512 lb) really slides when it does. I think I’m a good chauffeur, but I know it’s deceptive. A car can have all the electronics, but it’s a lot of power. The electronics are nice, but I’m approaching a corner. If I don’t brake in time, the young trees… Why would it be young trees in this corner? Nobody knows. You’ll have a problem, because it doesn’t take the corner into consideration. ESP won’t save you when you’re going in too fast. – I overestimated myself once and won’t repeat it. Often you do see… – The Polo taught you to overestimate yourself once. 3 times. – You did that 3 times. I haven’t crashed a car since. I did learn small lessons on the road. – We all do.At least, I hope so. I learned that a big car brakes slower than a small car. An emergency stop… – You need to add a couple of meters. Everyone experienced this. Coming back to the car, I think it’s fantastic. I’m having lots of fun and it’s lovely to drive. Every day I drive I’m reminded how fast it is. It has a lot of power. Why a W12? Because it has power. It’s not a slow car on the road. It’s still civilized. The V10 got me on the path of wanting it. The V10 is a diesel TDI, right? – I test drove a gasoline V8. It does sound more violent than this one. – An 8-cylinder has a rawer soundtrack than a W12. This runs like a sewing machine. – It sounds cooler, but it will get boring. It has to move. It’s a tool taking you from A to B. Back to where this started: what cars are you looking at on Marktplaats? Over the years I shifted to comfort. It has to take you from A to B in all comfort. I usually drive alone, but not all the time. The car has to be fun for the other person as well.That’s why I’m looking at cars that have an interesting engine; a wolf in sheep’s clothing. When driving this car, most people think it’s a luxurious Passat. Great. – Let them think that. It doesn’t bother me. Some people know the 4 exhaust tips are there for a reason. We can go for a drive. I like it. It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Maybe I’ll buy a Volvo when I’m old. I shouldn’t say bad things about Renault. Not a Renault fan? – I think the old Renaults and fast Clio are pretty. Those stand out, though. It shows you’re driving a fast car, so it’ll happen every third traffic light.
That’s not my cup of tea. – Alright.Clear. Thanks. It was cool to drive a W12. – Thanks for not crashing it. I tried. About the chauffeur job: if I have nothing to do in the weekend, you can message me. I will. Great. – If you want me or Wouter to drive your cool car, sign up using the form on the website. Maybe we’ll be driving with you next time. Subtitles – Maru’s Text Support .