Bentley Continental GT review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Supreme luxury, room for four passengers and plenty of boot space make this a practical GT
There’ll be no complaints from front seat passengers ensconced in the Bentley’s beautifully tailored and supportive standard seats, but to be on the safe side you can order a Comfort Seat package with an incredible level of adjustability and the added benefit of massage and ventilation functions. At night time, the optional Mood Lighting package offers a choice of 14 different colours.
With the new chassis offering even better control from its air suspension and little in the way of intrusive road or engine noise, it’s hard to imagine anyone not enjoying a journey in the Continental GT. Unless you’ve switched to Sport mode of course, when the exhaust note becomes more apparent.
With the latest driver aids, ranging from active cruise control to top view and night vision cameras, the new Bentley offers plenty of tech to improve the ownership experience.
Despite its sleek new looks the new model is a little longer and wider than its predecessor, at 4,850mm nose to tail and 1,966mm across with its mirrors folded. The MkII came in at 4,806mm x 1,943mm. The newcomer’s 2,851mm wheelbase is roughly 100mm longer than the older car’s too.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
While the front seats offer occupants the height of luxury, things are not quite so rosy in the rear. Despite the longer wheelbase, that tapered rear roofline ensures both leg and headroom aren’t exactly idea for taller passengers – but this is to be expected given it’s marketed as a 2+2 GT with plenty of sporting intent.
Pop open the remotely controlled ‘hands-free’ boot lid and the latest Continental GT offers a total of 358 litres in its boot helping to cement its genuine ‘Grand Touring’ credentials.
In this review
- 1VerdictPorsche Panamera underpinnings help push the new Bentley Continental GT to the top of its class
- 2Engines, performance and driveNew chassis tech combined with blistering performance make the Continental GT a thrilling driver’s car
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsExpensive to buy, expensive to run and potentially expensive to sell… but what did you expect?
- 4Interior, design and technologyCutting edge tech and contemporary style mean the new Continental GT gives nothing away to rivals
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingSupreme luxury, room for four passengers and plenty of boot space make this a practical GT
- 6Reliability and SafetyRigorous development and top-notch technology should reassure buyers