Bentley Continental

The Essentials

  • Price from £133,200
  • What Car? says: 2 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 16.6mpg
  • What is it? Luxurious, look-at-me grand tourer

Great

  • Not many can match the pace of this car
  • Switch from comfortable saloon to hard-edged race car in seconds
  • Plenty of class and appeal

Gripes

  • Volkswagen Phaeton offers similar kit for half the price
  • Running costs are cripplingly expensive
  • Some blind spots from behind the wheel
  • Drive

    Supercar performance and limousine comfort in one package

  • Inside

    Lavish interior though some dashboard buttons feel a little plasticky

  • Safety

    Every safety gadget you would expect to protect you and your car

  • Reliability

    The Bentley uses VW parts so there should be no problems

  • Space

    Both front and rear seats offer bags of space and there's a decent sized boot

  • Standard and extras

    Plenty of kit as standard, and you can specify pretty much anything you desire

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Flying Spur uses a twin-turbo 6.0-litre engine producing a whopping 552bhp or 600bhp in the Speed version which has a top speed of over 200mph, so its certainly no slouch. The four-wheel-drive system lets you take full advantage of its muscle with minimum fuss. The suspension has several settings so you can transform the car from a luxurious limo to a sporty saloon at the touch of a button.

  • What's it like inside?

    There's plenty of electric adjustment to let any driver fit behind the wheel but some of the pillars obstruct visibility. Its leather-clad interior may not be to everyone's taste but the fittings and fixtures are really lavish. Electric leather seats, four-zone climate control and sat-nav come as standard, while pretty much anything else you want can be arranged. The front and rear seats offer plenty of space, and the boot is large, if a little shallow.

  • How reliable is it?

    Assuming you can keep enough fuel in the tank, the Continental should be trouble free. It uses solid Volkswagen mechanicals, which should last. There's plenty of equipment to keep you and your passengers safe in a crash.

  • Should I buy one?

    Put simply, if you have to ask how much it costs to run then you can't afford it. Emissions are high, it has an average fuel economy of under 17mpg and it's in the highest insurance group.