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3 out of 5 stars

For The Continental GT offers huge performance with no fuss or effort, and superb comfort

Against The rear seats are fit only for children, and the engine is very thirsty

Verdict A true Bentley: you'll get supercar performance in limousine-like comfort.

Go for… GT

Avoid… Not applicable

Bentley Continental GT Coupe
  • 1. For a car of this size and weight, the GT feels surprisingly nimble
  • 2. Beware of aftermarket alloy wheels because these can upset the ride quality
  • 3. This is a classic 2+2: the rear seats are tight on space
  • 4. The W12 engine is ferociously thirsty - the best you can hope for is 20mpg
  • 5. Check the wheels for signs of kerbing
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Bentley Continental GT Coupe full review with expert trade views

The Continental GT was the first Bentley to come out under Volkswagen ownership, but any worries that the new Bentley would end up as a rebadged Audi were immediately dispelled.

It's a big, very fast and hugely desirable coupe that uses VW's unusual W12 engine. It makes a distinctive, but attractive, noise and provides phenomenal acceleration and a 200mph top speed.

Standard four-wheel drive harnesses the power and gives the GT sure-footed handling. For a car of this size and weight, the GT feels nimble on country roads. The air suspension has four different settings, and the GT gives a relaxed and comfortable ride most of the time, although the firmest suspension setting can let the occasional bump filter through.

The interior is as opulent as you'd expect of Bentley, although the rear seats are tight on space.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Still a car to aspire to after initial raving calmed down

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

There's only one Continental GT model in the range, although the Mulliner option is a little more expensive and offers even more bespoke colour and trim options.

Four-wheel drive is standard on every model and all use the supreme 552bhp W12 engine and six-speed automatic gearbox, so there's no need to hunt around for exactly the combination you want.

When looking at used Continental GTs, the most important thing to bear in mind is the colour combinations. The original owner may have been happy to opt for a weird and wonderful mix and then lose a considerable amount of value when the car was sold on, but it would pay well for you to stick with the more restrained colours and trims - or to negotiate a good price on any particularly garish colour schemes.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Individual spec a pain, especially painted 20" alloys

James Ruppert
Used car guru

That 552bhp engine gets through fuel at rate of 16.5mpg in mixed driving, but on longer cruises, that can jump to more than 20.0mpg, which puts the GT on a par with much of the competition.

Servicing at an official Bentley dealer will never be cheap, but there are numerous specialists able to look after the Continental GT just as ably, and with labour charges that won't make your wallet groan.

There's no getting away from buying tyres and other bits and pieces at high prices, but at least these make sense, and help protect the car's future value.

Franchised dealers have plenty of GTs in stock and they charge the most, but there are large numbers of independent dealers that are better value, especially for earlier cars.

Trade view

Martin Keighley

Still a car to aspire to after initial raving calmed down

Martin Keighley
Valuations expert,
What Car? Used Car Price Guide

Pick a colour and trim combo that you like, and that will also be easy to sell on. Only the obscenely rich can afford to choose outlandish colour schemes and not worry about residual values. Also beware of aftermarket alloy wheels because these can upset the ride quality.

It's a case of so far, so good where mechanical reliability is concerned. The complicated W12 engine has shown no signs of giving trouble, even in high-mileage cars.

A lot of Continental GTs spend their lives in urban captivity, so check the wheels have not suffered from contact with kerbs. Also inspect the seats' leather carefully to look for damage from belt buckles, studs in denims, jewellery and women's heels. Any scuffs or rips will be expensive to put right.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Individual spec a pain, especially painted 20" alloys

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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