Bentley Continental GT review

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Section: Costs & verdict

Bentley Continental GT 2021 infotainment
  • Bentley Continental GT V8 2021 front
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 rear cornering
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior dashboard
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior rear seats
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 infotainment
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 front static
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 rear right tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 front left tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 right tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 badge detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior front seats
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 kickplate detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 boot open
  • Bentley Continental GT V8 2021 front
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 rear cornering
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior dashboard
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior rear seats
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 infotainment
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 front static
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 rear right tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 front left tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 right tracking
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 badge detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior front seats
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior steering wheel
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 kickplate detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 interior detail
  • Bentley Continental GT 2021 boot open
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Target Price from £168,620
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Even in V8 specification, the Bentley Continental GT is far from cheap – and the day-to-day running costs of a car with eight or 12 cylinders are no less intimidating than the asking price. Considering the size of the engines, CO2 emissions are comparatively low, but it sits in the top road tax (VED) band. 

That said, the tax bill will pale into insignificance when you see the insurance premiums and annual service costs, especially when you need a new set of tyres. The same is true of any of its rivals, though. The Continental GT will cost a small fortune in depreciation, but it will holds its value better than the Aston Martin DB11.

Overview

The Bentley Continental GT is a fine grand tourer that gets the balance between sports car and luxury car just about spot on. We’d take ours in ‘entry-level’ V8 form over the flagship W12 model due to its more characterful soundtrack and sharper handling.

  • Luxurious interior
  • Huge performance
  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Range-topping W12 sounds flat
  • Not quite as involving as a DB11
  • Missing some safety kit
New car deals
Target Price from £168,620
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From £189,990