You're queen of the road in this powerful land yacht. However, the firm low-speed ride might rattle the diamonds in your tiara
Comfortable, high-riding driving position and easy to use controls for the many functions on offer
If technology can prevent an accident or theft, it'll do it in the Ghost. Optional night vision and lane departure warning systems offer extra peace of mind
The combination of BMW features and Rolls build should keep you off the AA's radar
There's plenty of room for everyone to stretch out and enjoy but the boot is smaller than a Skoda Octavia's
You won't feel short-changed with the standard kit but we defy you not to want to splash out on some bespoke touches
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is touted as the Rolls that's driven by its owner rather than a chauffeur. It's perfect for anyone with megalomaniac tendencies or unresolved power issues: thanks to 563bhp from the 6.6-litre V12 engine you'll never be short of power here. Only the firmness of the ride around town lets it down - not quite the magic carpet experience that's promised.
There's a suitably commanding view forwards for the driver, however the huge door mirrors reduce visibility to the sides, while the sheer size of the car may have you calling on the chauffeur to park it. If you let James stay behind the wheel you can still choose the tunes or make calls from the back. The wide-opening rear-hinged doors open onto generous passenger space, but the boot isn't quite as impressive with just 490 litres of space on offer. Luxury oozes from every pore of the hand-stitched leather.
All the safety kit you'd expect in a car that costs as much as a house, including technoligical wizardry you've probably never imagined. Reliability shouldn't be an issue either and BMW's contribution to the build process is reassuring.
Are you seriously wealthy? If so, go ahead. Every Rolls-Royce is hand-built to order and with prices starting north of £200,000 it's not for the faint-hearted. While average fuel consumption of 20.8mpg is almost respectable for a car like this, other costs will be eye-watering. With depreciation running at 50% after three years, owning a Rolls-Royce Ghost is an easy way to lose a lot of money.