Review

Bentley Continental Flying Spur saloon

Price  £142,800 - £153,300

Bentley Continental Flying Spur saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

At a glance

The greenest
V8 4dr £142,800
The cheapest
V8 4dr £142,800
The fastest
W12 4dr £153,300
Top of the range
W12 4dr £153,300

"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 it 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 – the least expensive Bentley Continental Flying Spur V8 model starts from £136,000 and high 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 poor economy figures are unlikely to cause sleepless nights if you can afford to buy a Flying Spur, the V8 model is slightly better – it can do 25.9mpg compared to 19mpg for the W12 and its CO2 emission figure is significantly lower – 254g/km compared to 343g/km. The V8 model sneaks has an annual road tax bill of £490, while the W12 attracts the top rate of £505 a year.

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. Soft suspension springs make even the roughest roads feel smooth.

It's also much faster than the previous-generation car – the 6.0-litre W12 engine produces 616bhp and powers the car from 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds. Put simply, this is the fastest four-door saloon that Bentley has ever produced. However, there's 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, so 0-62mph takes a little longer, at 4.9 seconds. This is still seriously fast, particularly for a car of the Flying Spur's size, and the draw of the V8 noise 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 this. A full-length acoustic shield fitted beneath the roof reduces annoying road noise, making this one of the world's quietest cars when driving at motorway speeds.

All four seats give you and your passengers plenty of space, and the Flying Spur's upmarket personality continues with plenty of leather and wood detailing throughout.

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 version from the standard model.

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 luggage in the big 475-litre boot, but even the BMW 3 Series beats the Bentley Continental Flying Spur with its larger 480-litre boot.

Power sockets allow you to charge your electrical devices on the move, while a touchscreen system allows both you and your passengers to control the satellite navigation, climate control and more.

There are also washer jets that clean the car's lights if they're dirty, as well as a tyre-pressure monitoring system.

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Tried-and-tested parts mean this Bentley should be reliable

Many of the Flying Spur's parts have been used across the Bentley range, so any initial faults should have been eliminated by now. Electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes that prevent the wheels from skidding and ISOFIX mounting points for child seats are all standard. Unfortunately, there's no Euro NCAP rating for the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, however judging by the long list of safety kit, the Flying Spur should perform well in the event of an accident.

Price, value for money & options

1.7 / 5

There's no getting away from the Bentley's high price tag – despite the impressive equipment list

You'd certainly want your money's worth from 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 system, LED headlights, keyless entry, alloy wheels, a sunroof and a boot that opens and closes electronically. A Breitling clock, power rear window blinds, an eight-speaker stereo, parking sensors and DVD players with LCD screens in the rear are also fitted.

Although the V8 is £10,000 cheaper than the W12, it misses out on some of the more expensive model's standard equipment. Adding these as options to the V8 means the difference in price between the two cars is 'only' £3,000 – not much when considered in relation to the total figures.

As you'd expect, there's a wide range of alloy-wheel designs and paint colours on offer.

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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