Bentley Continental GT review - Reliability and Safety

Rigorous development and top-notch technology should reassure buyers

You only need to spend a few minutes with a Bentley Continental GT to appreciate how well it’s built. Inside and out the fit and finish is exemplary, a fact which reflects the depth of engineering and development Bentley – with the help its VW Group partners – has thrown at this car.

The W12 engine builds on years of experience with this unique configuration. The advanced electronic tech is new to the Continental GT, but the fact that it’s been engineered and shared across all the luxury brands in the VW Group should provide reassurance that any gremlins will have been caught. Meanwhile, the V8 version is based on the tried-and-tested set-up from the Porsche Panamera.

Euro NCAP are unlikely ever to independently crash test exotics like the Continental GT, although they recently crashed a new Porsche Cayenne for the first time. It shares the Continental’s platform and performed extremely well earning five stars, so with similar underpinnings and safety systems, we’d expect a similar level of safety from the Bentley.

There are certainly plenty of driver safety aids included in the new Continental GT’s spec. The roster includes lane assist and blind spot assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control with autonomous braking, pedestrian recognition and a night vision camera. 

Warranty

You get three years of unlimited mileage warranty cover with every new Bentley, including European-wide breakdown assistance. 

Servicing

A routine servicing regime will mean your car needs to visit a dealer annually or every 10,000 miles for those vital service book stamps.

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