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Rolls-Royce Phantom saloon - Reliability & safety

Vast array of safety technology and huge size makes the Phantom feel like a bank vault

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The sheer complication of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is both awe-inspiring and slightly terrifying from a reliability point of view. At least the engine has a long lineage and is unlikely to cause any issues, while the car’s complicated electronics have the full weight of the BMW Group’s expertise behind them.

Rolls-Royce Phantom reliability

While it’s an all-new model, the fact the previous Rolls-Royce Phantom was extremely reliable should be very reassuring. The same is true of the fact the Phantom is the result of countless hours of design and engineering intended to make it peerless among motor cars, with no expense spared.

Unlike mainstream models, each vehicle is unique, finished by hand and goes through an obsessive series of checks to ensure the utmost quality has been achieved, before the customer ever even lays eyes on it.

Safety

It’s highly unlikely the Phantom will ever undergo independent crash-testing at the hands of Euro NCAP, but despite that, it’s possible to say with a high degree of certainty that this car is a very safe place to be.

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Not only is it bigger than most SUVs, but its safety kit includes night vision to help you avoid obstacles in the dark, collision warnings with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings and sensors to let you know if there’s oncoming traffic as you reverse. The heads-up display is also said to be ‘industry leading’ and is designed to help keep your (or your chauffeur's) eyes on the road.

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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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