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Rolls-Royce Phantom saloon - Practicality & boot space

Huge amounts of passenger space with a bigger boot

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Pull up next to a family crossover in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and you’ll be able to look down on its occupants, such is the sheer height and length of the luxury saloon. It’s simply enormous. If you fancy even more space, Rolls-Royce will sell you the long-wheelbase version, measuring a considerable 22cm longer than the standard car. Most of this translates directly into additional rear passenger space.

Rolls-Royce Phantom interior space & storage

Just getting inside the Rolls-Royce is an event, thanks to its rear-hinged doors. Sit inside and with a press of a button from your chauffeur or hotel doorman, the heavy door silently closes of its own accord.

Even the standard Phantom is over 5.7 metres long, making it one of the largest cars money can buy. While the bonnet has to be considerable to swallow the massive engine, there’s still plenty of space inside for occupants of all sizes, with more headroom than before. The attention to detail is almost endless, including such touches as umbrellas hidden inside the doors and rear seats that are angled slightly inwards to make conversations less of a stretch.

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Choose the long-wheelbase model and first-class airline travel will positively pale in comparison, especially if you go for the reclining rear seats that allow forty winks between destinations.

Boot space

The previous Phantom’s boot was one of the very few areas of the car to come in for criticism, measuring just 460 litres. Rolls-Royce has clearly listened, because the new model sees this grow to 548 litres, which should make it easier to carry even large suitcases. It’s easily big enough to put the 443-litre boot of the Bentley Mulsanne in the shade, but choose a five-seat Range Rover and there’s a commodious 784 litres of space.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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