The Bentley Mulsanne has all the space and refinement that you expect of a true luxury car. It's brutally quick, easy to drive and rides comfortably.
Not everyone will like the way it looks. The boot isn't as big as you'd think and some interior parts look a bit similar to mainstream Audis.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
You don't expect a huge, heavy saloon to match a sportscar for acceleration, but the Mulsanne can, thanks to a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V8 engine with a monstrous 506bhp. The 0-60mph dash isn't normally relevant to cars like this, but worth mentioning when it's a ludicrous 5.1 seconds. Progress is always smooth and effortless, thanks to a slick eight-speed automatic gearbox
Ride & Handling
The Mulsanne is a huge car, but doesn't feel it. Whichever one of the four suspension and steering settings you choose, it's well controlled through corners and it's only when you're squeezing down narrow streets that you're aware of its size. Selecting sport mode brings a slightly firmer edge to the ride, but leave it in 'Bentley' or 'comfort' and the Mulsanne wafts imperiously over most surfaces.
The loudest noise you're likely to hear in the Mulsanne is the high-spec stereo. Road and wind noise are barely noticeable and at the legal limit the engine is pulling just 1500rpm. Work it hard and a deep-throated whirr is as raucous as things get.