Used Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon 2003 - 2018 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: What is it like?

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon (03 - )
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon (03 - )
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon (03 - )
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What's the used Rolls-Royce Phantom saloon like?

At almost six metres long, the Rolls-Royce Phantom cuts an imposing figure on the road. It weighs 2.5 tonnes, but the air-sprung suspension allows for unflustered and precise cornering - better than any previous Rolls. Under the bonnet is a 453bhp, BMW-sourced 6.75-litre engine, which will propel you from 0-60mph in 6sec.

This Rolls still sets the benchmark for comfort inside the cabin. You sit at around the same height as in a 4x4, and under a flap is a simplified version of BMW's iDrive multi-control system.

There's plenty of space and almost zero road noise, but you do hear some wind noise at speed. Mind you, that's only because you can't hear the mechanical components at all inside the cabin and the ride is fantastically smooth.

Even the rear doors are exceptional - rearward-opening coach doors, which allow occupants to get in and out with dignity. There's also an array of passive and active safety systems, and, er, a drinks cabinet in the back.