Used test: Aston Martin DB11 vs Bentley Continental GT

The Aston Martin DB11 and the Bentley Continental GT are fast, British and desirable, but which one makes more sense as a used buy? Read on to find out...

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What Car? team
21 January 2018

Aston Martin DB11 vs Bentley Continental GT

Our Verdict

They may be a couple of years old, but both of these cars will still look pretty good when parked up outside Harrods, or down at the Eden Roc hotel in Antibes, and they both make getting there fun too.

Even though the Continental GT has been replaced by a newer model, this 2016 version still feels like a suitably premium product. It rides well, offers huge performance in all types of weather and is a hushed cruiser. It’s a lovely car, but it does have the overall feel of an older model at the end of its life, and it’s let down by its blunt handling and woefully outdated infotainment system.

So, although it’s a close contest, the DB11 takes the win here. True, its sporting edge means there’s slightly more noise at a cruise, and there’s a firmer ride too, but its sharper handling and sonorous V12 engine help to make up for that. It’s a much better car to punt around those Alpine roads, where its lighter weight and extra agility make it more fun to drive. It’s arguably better looking, too, and it makes more financial sense, in that its slower depreciation will mean it should cost you less to run overall. It’s the more rounded choice.

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1st –[Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin DB11 vs Bentley Continental GT

For: Keener handling; better infotainment system; slower depreciation

Against: Too much road and wind noise; unsettled ride

Verdict: Agile, rapid and luxurious. One of the best Astons ever

4 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Aston Martin DB11 review 

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2nd – Bentley Continental GT

Aston Martin DB11 vs Bentley Continental GT

For: Supremely quiet; more comfortable ride; all-weather performance

Against: Ancient infotainment system; blunt handling

Verdict:  Feels a little old, but still a hushed and comfortable coupé

3 out of 5 stars

Read the full used Bentley Continental GT review

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Specifications: Aston Martin DB11 5.2 V12

Engine size 5.2-litre petrol

List price when new £154,900

Price today £106,000

Power 600bhp

Torque 516lb ft

0-60mph 4.0sec

Top speed 200mph

Fuel economy 24.8mpg (NEDC average)

CO2 emissions 265g/km

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Specifications: Bentley Continental GT 6.0 W12

Engine size 6.0-litre petrol

List price when new £168,900

Price today £100,000

Power 626bhp

Torque 605lb ft

0-60mph 4.0sec

Top speed 206mph

Fuel economy 19.3mpg (NEDC average)

CO2 emissions 338g/km

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Price today is based on a 2016 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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