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Aston Martin DB11 vs Bentley Continental GT

Aston Martin's nimble new DB11 takes aim at the established Bentley Continental GT. Which is the best luxury coupΓ©?

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Aston Martin DB11 instruments

What are they like inside?

There’s plenty of room in the front of the Aston Martin DB11, and the driver should find it easy to get comfortable thanks to a wide range of electronic steering wheel and seat adjustment, including adjustable lumbar support. However, although the DB11 does have rear seats, they’re better suited to a couple of weekend bags than to people – even kids won’t fancy sitting in the back for more than a few minutes because head, shoulder and leg room are all extremely tight.

The Bentley Continental GT is similarly generous with its space up front, accommodating a couple of tall adults with consummate ease and offering its driver an equally adjustable steering wheel and seat. Its rear seats are much roomier, though, with more leg, head and shoulder room. A couple of short adults will fit in the back as long as whoever is sitting in the front isn’t especially tall.

The Continental can cart around more luggage, too; its boot is wider and more than twice as long as the DB11’s. Sure, a set of golf clubs will need to be laid across the rear sets of both cars, but the Continental’s extra luggage space and better boot access make it the more practical choice for weekends away.

Both cars provide sumptuous levels of luxury. You’ll find fine leather on the dashboard and many of the interior surfaces. However, the Continental just edges the DB11 with more substantial feeling buttons and switches and classier chrome air vents and controls.

The DB11 has a much more advanced infotainment system, though. Its 8.0in colour screen, rotary controller between the front seats and three-tier menu system is borrowed from Mercedes, although some of the graphics have been changed slightly. The interface isn’t perfect, but it is fairly easy to get the hang of.

It’s scarcely believable that the Continental makes do with an 8.0in touchscreen that’s bettered by the system in a Β£15,000 Volkswagen Polo. The screen is disappointingly low in resolution, and it’s extremely slow to react when you touch it, making tapping in an address hugely frustrating. You’ll probably just give up and using your phone’s navigation system instead.

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The Aston Martin DB11, particularly the V8 version, is a convincing long-distance cruiser with a sportier bent than its key rivals. If that appeals, it’s a great choice.