Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 3.0 - 3.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 18.8 - 22.2 mpg

Bentley Flying Spur (2020) bonnet emblem

  • V8 and W12 engines are heavy on fuel and CO2
  • Depreciation expected to better previous Flying Spur
  • No plug-in hybrid version on sale yet

How much does it cost to run?

It's a cliche but worth getting out of the way right now: the Bentley Flying Spur might well cost an arm and a leg to run and fuel (when compared with typical family cars), but the chances are if you can afford the £200k-plus to buy one, or the £2,000 per month to finance it, these additional costs won't sting too much.

MPG and CO2

It's also worth saying that the V8 and W12 models are actually very efficient in terms of mpg and CO2 considering the 200mph potential. All models, unsurprisingly, are in the highest band for tax and BIK.

  • Bentley Flying Spur V8: 22.2mpg and 288g/km
  • Bentley Flying Spur W12: 19.1mpg and 344g/km

Depreciation will be a larger factor. The outgoing Flying Spur has fallen significantly in value, especially once they're out of the warranty period, and it will be interesting to see whether history repeats itself here. Given the more elegant styling and contemporary technology in this one, the early signs are that values are holding up better than before.

Is it reliable?

  • Heavily reliant on Audi technology
  • Engines are well-proven in service
  • Build quality is what you'd expect for the money

The Bentley Flying Spur is based on the Audi A8 with lots of bespoke parts and Bentley's own tried-and-tested engines. So, as it's reliant on VW Group hardware that's produced across a number of brands. The previous-generation Continental Flying Spur quietly gained a reputation for savage W12 servicing costs and engine issues, the post-2013 model hasn't suffered from the same issues, and it will be interesting to see if similar strides are made with this one.

Build quality is excellent, as are the materials used, but our test car had a mis-fitting interior light fitting.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £490
Insurance group 50
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