Bentley Mulsanne

The Essentials

  • Price from £224,700
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 16.8mpg
  • What is it? Mulsanne saloon offers all the luxury and presence you'd expect from a car that costs nearly quarter of a million pounds.

Great

  • Vast space for you and your entourage inside
  • Astonishing pace - blink and you'll miss it
  • Comfortable and easy to drive

Gripes

  • It looks (and is priced) like something the Queen would step out of
  • Rather meagre boot space
  • Fuelling this puppy will cost a fortune
  • Drive

    Frighteningly fast, superbly comfortable and as quiet as a crypt

  • Inside

    Classic style meets modern tech in a very comfortable setting

  • Safety

    You might as well be driving a tank, but it has airbags and stability control for good measure

  • Reliability

    We don't expect bits to start dropping off the Mulsanne

  • Space

    Lavish for passengers, particularly in the back, but not so great for luggage

  • Standard and extras

    Leather, electric adjustment, four-zone climate control and a rocking stereo all thrown in

  • What's it like to drive?

    It may be the size of a small house but the Mulsanne is no lumbering truck - it will whisk you to 60mph in just over 5.1 seconds and always feels light on its feet. It's only when navigating narrow streets or trying to find a parking space that you'll be made aware of just how large it is. The ride is comfortable at all times  put it into Sport mode for a slightly tauter feel but never expect to feel your fillings rattling.

  • What's it like inside?

    Don't be fooled by the classic gentleman's club ambience - the technology in the Mulsanne is as modern as it gets, so you can settle into the luxurious seats and spend some time finding your way around it all. Everyone has masses of space to stretch out but assuming you've got someone else doing the driving you can enjoy the space best in the back. Although the boot is wide, it's not huge at 443 litres  that's about the same as a BMW 3 Series Coupe. Naturally most luxuries are included for your £225k but you can tailor the design and add options to your heart's content.

  • How reliable is it?

    When you're spending this much on a car you'd hope it won't break down, and although some of the switches look rather like those on regular Audis we don't expect you'll be spending much time on a recovery truck. Safety kit is excellent - but you're basically driving a tank.

  • Should I buy one?

    If you have quarter of a million pounds burning a hole in your pocket, and want to feel like a member of the royal family, the Mulsanne could be the car for you. It's extraordinarily expensive to run, too, with fuel consumption scraping in at under 17mpg on average.