Bentley GTC

The Essentials

  • Price from £136,250
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 19.0mpg
  • What is it? One of the most majestic and luxurious convertibles a lot of money can buy

Great

  • Looks so good you'll feel a million dollars every time you step inside
  • Fabulous performance and a real joy to drive
  • Luxuriously appointed and seriously comfortable

Gripes

  • You could buy a new house for this money
  • Around town the ride is a trifle unsettled
  • Visibility isn't great
  • Drive

    Eye-watering pace and tidy handling; only the slightly unsettled ride lets the side down

  • Inside

    Lots of adjustment and a stylish interior but visibility could be better

  • Safety

    Every electronic accident-preventing gizmo is fitted, plus protection if the worst happens

  • Reliability

    Mechanical bits come from Audi and VW so should stand the test of time

  • Space

    Rear seats best kept for kids but the boot is a useful size and easy to use

  • Standard and extras

    Sat-nav, climate and cruise control and a rocking stereo as standard. Want a gold-plated bird cage for your budgie? Bentley will probably supply one

  • What's it like to drive?

    Both engines deliver walloping performance and can catapult you from 0-60mph in less than 5 seconds. That makes nifty overtakes a doddle, and the four-wheel drive should keep you glued to the road as you go. The suspension can be adjusted four ways depending whether you fancy a comfy cruise or a sporty blast. Either way, larger bumps in the road unsettle the GTC in a manner unbecoming to such a statesmanlike vehicle and the low speed ride is firmer than in the GT coupe. Luckily refinement is good, with the fabric roof keeping all extraneous noise kept outside, where it belongs

  • What's it like inside?

    The driver should have no problem finding a comfortable position behind the wheel, but may have a problem seeing over their shoulder when the roof is folded. The dash is stylish and easy to navigate. There's lots of room for two up front, but the rear seats are best for two children, or adults for short journeys. Folding the roof doesn't compromise the large boot too much. Equipment is as lavish as you'd expect, with sat-nav, climate and cruise control and leather galore.

  • How reliable is it?

    Much of the GTC's underpinnings comes from VW or Audi, so should prove sturdy. As for safety, there's plenty to keep you safe on the road, plus six airbags, a pop-up rollover protection system and whiplash-preventing headrests in case you come off it.

  • Should I buy one?

    A Bentley is always going to be expensive, but desirability keeps resale values strong, so it's almost a sensible investment. The V8 version will be cheapest to run, but we're not exactly talking fuel 'economy' here.