New Bentley Flying Spur Review

Opulent luxury saloon has power, pace and class

6/10
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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Classy looks
  • Luxurious interior
  • Huge performance
  • Expensive to buy
  • ...and run
  • Half-price rivals get close

£132,800 - £171,925 Price range

5 Seats

19 - 25 MPG

Review

The Bentley Flying Spur is a luxury saloon, with supercar pace that rivals the Rolls Royce Ghost and top-of-the-range models of the Jaguar XJ and Mercedes S-Class.

What sets it apart from the competition (bar the Rolls Royce) is the Bentley’s opulent interior, which feature acres of wood and leather, while the majority of the switches are made from cold-to-the touch metal.

Equipment levels are high (but not class-leading for the price) and buyers can specify loads of options (such as electrically adjustable rear seats and a back-seat entertainment system) that make the car superb for travelling long distances in. The luxurious cabin is the main reason why you would choose the Bentley over much cheaper models from Jaguar and Mercedes.

Power comes from a choice of two petrol engines – a 6.0-litre W12 or a 4.0-litre V8. Both have twin turbochargers for extra performance, but it’s the smaller engine that makes the most sense. It’s nearly as quick as the top-of-the-range model (getting from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds) and returns fuel economy of 26mpg versus the W12’s 19mpg.

As a motorway cruiser the Bentley excels – its engine barely ticks over at 70mph, but it also feels competent in the corners, given its colossal (2.5 ton) weight.

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