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...
What are they like inside?
There’s plenty of room in the front of the DB11, and the driver should find it easy to get comfortable, thanks to a wide range of electric steering wheel and seat adjustment, including adjustable lumbar support. However, although the DB11 has 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 Continental 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 seats 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 the humble 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 use your phone’s navigation system instead.