Bentley Continental GT review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Those sat in the front seats have plenty of room, but rear passengers could be a little more well catered for in terms of space
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. It’s not a car for tight, narrow roads, but it still shrugs off its bulk relatively well.
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.
Owners of a Continental GT will likely have another tool for towing, but if a Bentley is a must the Bentayga SUV is the only option as (shockingly) there’s no factory towbar option.
In this review
- 1Bentley Continental GT reviewThe Continental GT is unmatched in the world of grand tourers; imperious and eloquent in equal measure, it hits the brief like no other
- 2Engines, performance and driveBentley’s superb powertrains sync perfectly with its chassis to create an experience that’s every bit as indulgent as you’d hope
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsHigh running costs are to be expected on cars like this, but Bentley has employed at least some fuel-saving initiatives
- 4Interior, design and technologyOpulent, finely crafted and full of tech, Bentley’s new-age interior design is a triumph
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThose sat in the front seats have plenty of room, but rear passengers could be a little more well catered for in terms of space
- 6Reliability and SafetyBeing part of the giant VW Group means that it’s gone through the same rigorous development as its German counterparts