Review

Bentley Continental Flying Spur saloon

Price  £136,000 - £146,000

Bentley Continental Flying Spur saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • W12 engine is very fast
  • Luxurious interior
Cons
  • Expensive to buy
  • Costly to run
  • Small boot

At a glance

The greenest
V8 4dr £136,000
The cheapest
V8 4dr £136,000
The fastest
W12 4dr £146,000
Top of the range
W12 4dr £146,000

"The luxurious Bentley Continental Flying Spur is more about being driven, but it's plenty of fun from the driver's seat too."

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur saloon blends the best of luxury and performance into a car that will undoubtedly attract attention wherever it goes. The 6.0-litre engine in the W12 model makes the car one of the most powerful Bentleys available, while a very generous list of practical features also makes the driving experience incredibly comfortable.

It's not cheap, though, as the cheapest Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 model starts from £136,000, and expensive running costs are part and parcel of Bentley ownership. The twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 model is slightly cheaper than the W12 but it gets less standard equipment and isn't quite as jaw-droppingly fast as the W12.

MPG, running costs & CO2

1 / 5

It doesn't matter which model you go for, the Bentley is an expensive car to run

The powerful 6.0-litre engine fitted to the W12 model of the Bentley Continental Flying Spur is incredibly thirsty and you’ll be making regular trips to the petrol station as a result.

Although low economy figures are unlikely to cause you sleepless nights if you can afford to buy the car, the V8 model is slightly better in this respect - it can do 25.9mpg compared to the 19mpg of the W12 and its CO2 emission figures are significantly lower at 254g/km compared with 343g/km.

Engines, drive & performance

3.6 / 5

The Flying Spur is the fastest four-door saloon that Bentley has ever produced

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a quiet and refined vehicle that handles most roads well, despite its significant bulk. It’s also much faster than the previous generation car - the 6.0-litre W12 engine produces 616bhp and goes from 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds. Put simply, this is the fastest four-door saloon that Bentley has ever produced and soft suspension springs make even the roughest roads feel smooth.

However, there is a noticeable delay when you change gear with the eight-speed gearbox and the 6.0-litre engine does sound a little muted.

The 500bhp V8 is less powerful than the W12 and 0-60mph takes a little longer at 4.9 seconds. This is still seriously fast, particularly for a car of the Flying Spur's mass, and the draw of the V8 soundtrack will attract some buyers. Overall though, the W12 is barely any more expensive and feels even more special than V8 model.

Interior & comfort

3.3 / 5

The car drives comfortably even on the roughest roads

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur's interior has all the luxury you’d expect from a quality brand like Bentley. A full-length acoustic shield fitted beneath the Bentley Continental Flying Spur’s roof reduces annoying road noise and it’s also one of the world’s quietest cars when driving at motorway speeds. On the inside, all four seats give the driver and passengers plenty of space, and its upmarket personality continues with plenty of leather and wood detailing.

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur Mulliner model offers even more luxury. Equipment such as 21-inch alloy wheels, chrome detailing, diamond quilted seats and other high-class extras separate this from the standard models.

Practicality & boot space

3.5 / 5

Room in the back is great, and there's a big boot too

There’s plenty of room to carry all your goods in the big 475-litre boot, but even the BMW 3 Series beats the Bentley Continental Flying Spur with its larger 480-litre boot.

Plug sockets allow you to charge your electrical appliances, whilst a touch screen system allows both the driver and passengers to control satellite navigation, climate control and more. There are also washer jets that clean the car’s lights if they’re dirty and a clever monitoring gadget that checks whether there’s enough pressure in the tyres.

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Tired and tested parts mean this Bentley should be reliable

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur can tackle the bumpiest road with ease. Four-wheel drive enhances its grip in slippy conditions, whilst there’s even an indicator that warns you when your brakes are wearing out. Electronic Stability Control, anti-lock braking that prevents the wheels from skidding and Isofix hooks to secure child seats, are also standard.

Unfortunately, there are no Euro NCAP ratings for the Bentley Continental Flying Spur as no Bentley has ever taken part in the tests. However, judging by the long list of safety kit, we expect the Flying Spur to perform well in the event of an accident.

Many of its parts have been used across the Bentley range and any of their previous faults have been fixed.

Price, value for money & options

1.7 / 5

There's no hiding the Bentley's high price tag - despite impressive equipment lists

You would certainly want your money’s worth with a car that costs upwards of £136,000 – and the Bentley Continental Flying Spur certainly delivers in this category.

There's no denying the Bentley is expensive, but that price tag gets you a top-notch infotainment remote system, LED lights, keyless entry, alloy wheels, a sunroof and a boot that opens and closes electronically. A Breitling clock, electronically operated rear window blinds, an eight-speaker stereo, parking sensors and DVD players with LCD screens in the rear are also fitted.

Though the V8 is £10,000 cheaper than the W12, you don't get some of the standard equipment included in the price of the more expensive model and adding these as options to the V8 means the difference in price between the two cars is 'only' £3,000 - not that much when you consider the amount in relation to the total prices of the two cars.

As you would expect, there are a wide range of alloy-wheel designs and body paint options when buying this luxury saloon.

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
3 / 5
"As with all Bentleys, the Flying Spur is beautifully finished inside with the finest wood and leather trim, so occupants can be carried in absolute comfort at high speeds. The downsides? Well, prices are north of £100,000, and that big W12 will be costly to run even if you take things easy."
4 / 5
"Great looking, superbly fitted out, comfortable to a point, with get up and go agility. Roll on the V8 version."
Last updated 
13 Jun 2014

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