Used Bentley Continental GT (Mk2, 2010-2018) review - What do owners think?
The Bentley Continental GT may feel well built, but keep an eye on expensive potential faults
Bentleys are too rare to appear in our Driver Power survey, and the company doesn’t appear in our annual survey of brands, either. The Continental GT has a reputation for being luxurious, reliable, but costly to run, and while you would hope that any official Bentley dealer would do an exceptional job of looking after you, there’s a raft of great independent specialists that will also help trim maintenance costs.
In spite of substantial updating over the years, the Mk2 Continental GT is quite long in the tooth. This in-itself means many potential problems will have been ironed out, but the Continental also uses many tried and tested parts from the VW Group, which should also help to ensure reliability.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is a more recent addition, but as it was designed for top-of-the-range cars from Audi and Porsche it’s certainly not susceptible to the sorts of production issues that may have afflicted low-volume British luxury products in the past.
The W12 engine was hand-built by highly skilled workers at the Bentley factory in Crewe, which also supplies the engine to the rest of the VW Group. The VW-group component sharing runs much deeper than engines, of course, with electronics and other mechanical items plucked from the group parts bins.
And while the Continental is hand-assembled, the fit and finish of the interior trim are naturally exemplary. As a result, the Continental feels both beautifully built, and built to last.
In this review
- 1Used Bentley Continental GT (Mk2, 2010-2018) reviewThe long-established Bentley Continental GT has matured gracefully in cruising trim – or disgracefully in 700bhp Supersports guise!
- 2How much will it cost?Let's just say efficiency isn't too bad for a 2.3-tonne car with near 200mph performance
- 3How practical is it?A roomy cabin and decent boot space make the Continental a true Grand Tourer
- 4What’s it like to drive?Choose the silky smooth W12 or the rumbustious V8 – either way the Conti is devastatingly quick
- 5What should you look out for?First-rate build quality should inspire confidence, but budgeting for costly repairs and maintenance is essential
- 6What do owners think? - currently readingThe Bentley Continental GT may feel well built, but keep an eye on expensive potential faults