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Four-door Bentley is a fast, elegant and comfortable alternative to a private jet

Bentley Flying Spur (19 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £162,500 - £218,790
Used price £136,600 - £202,195
Fuel Economy 18.8 - 22.2 mpg
Road tax cost £490
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Beautifully-crafted interior, front and rear
  • Towering performance in W12 form
  • Elegant styling disguises its bulk

CONS

  • Some of the nicest features are optional
  • Ride quality isn't as good as it should be
  • Luggage space isn't generous considering size

Bentley Flying Spur rivals

Mercedes-Benz
S-Class
4.8 out of 5 4.8

Written by Keith Adams on

Is the Bentley Flying Spur any good?

Oh yes, as you'd expect from the latest in a line of similarly-named luxury cars aimed at plutocrats who also like driving themselves. It's an impressive-looking and highly-specified four door, bristling with the latest tech and equipment, super-rapid, packaged in a smooth and elegant aluminium saloon body that's extravagantly-proportioned, but rarely looks it.

Rivals for the Flying Spur? A Cessna aeroplane perhaps? In reality, the nearest alternative is the Rolls-Royce Ghost. But given that under the Flying Spur's skin lurks quite a bit of Audi A8 hardware, you might want to consider our former luxury car of the year. But also, you might consider the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series or Lexus LS.

Read the Bentley Flying Spur verdict

What's it like inside?

Lavish. As you'd expect for a car in this class and size, it's roomy in the front and rear, and sumptuously-trimmed in the finest quality materials. Although many owners will be ferried around in the rear, it's good to know that being based on the Continental GT, the Flying Spur makes it a great place for the driver.

The driving position is higher than a typical saloon, and the view out of the windscreen and over the bonnet is excellent, making it an easy car to mix with traffic in, despite its size. Unlike previous Bentleys, it's blessed with up-to-the minute tech, such as its generously-sized central screen, most of which is shared with the Audi A8. Not that it feels anything other than a snug and traditionally-finished cabin, and this tech does nothing to detract from the occasion of riding in this car.

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What's it like to drive?

The Flying Spur is offered with two engines – a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 that develops 635hp and a lower-priced 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 unit (also shared with the GT) that's good for 550hp and a 198mph maximum speed. A hybrid version is all the way, about which you can read more later in this review.

The V8 version offers prodigious speed and performance, with effortless acceleration that gets you from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 198mph. Those numbers don't tell all of the story, because all of that thrust is delivered in near silence, aside from a muted V8 growl as the revs rise.

The W12 isn't that much quicker, but the performance is even more accessible, with near-instantaneous throttle response. The 0-62mph time is 3.7 seconds and the maximum speed is 207mph – while the soundtrack from its engine is just as quiet as its V8 cousin, but richer and more interesting. It's quite a car.

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What models and trims are available?

As well as the expected suite of luxury equipment you expect at this price point in a car like this, there are some interesting additions that really make this car stand out. The new bonnet-mounted light-up Flying B Mascot that's made from bright polished steel should come across a little bit gauche – but it's eye-catching and small enough not to look ostentatious. The lavish interior comes with mood lighting, contrast stitching, deep pile overmats and dual finish veneer. Sadly, the Bentley Rotating Display is on the options list.

There's no model range as such as you can configure the car how you wish, although there are some schemes to choose from, such as Storm Noir, Cool Harmony, Fire and Ice and Alter Ego.

What else should I know?

The Continental Flying Spur is closely based on the Continental GT, sharing much of its under-the-skin hardware and engines – however, the only exterior body parts that the saloon shares with the GT are its door handles and door mirrors. It's 21mm longer and 2mm wider – and although it looks far sleeker than before, it's a mere 4mm lower.

New technology includes a 48-volt mild hybrid system that improves fuel efficiency as well as smooths out low-speed running. While a new active anti-roll bar and four-wheel steering set-up promises to sharpen up the driving experience, as does a more rear-biased four-wheel drive set-up.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Bentley Flying Spur including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Bentley Flying Spur rivals

Mercedes-Benz
S-Class
4.8 out of 5 4.8