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      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      Luxury
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Gloriously sumptuous, capable Grand Tourer

Best bits

  •  Utterly glorious interior, that offers huge scope for personalisation
  • Fine looks, beautiful detailing and feeling of solidity throughout
  •  Huge, effortless all-weather performance potential, and vice-free handling    

Not so great

  • The list price really is a starting point, you’ll spend a lot on all those options 
  • The latest driver assisting safety equipment remains on the options list
  • Epic fuel consumption if you’re in a hurry 

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Overall verdict

"The Continental GT is a hugely capable all-rounder, with hand-built, sumptuous luxury mixing with mighty performance and, now, a chassis that’s better equipped to enjoy and exploit it. It’s little wonder it’s been such a big seller for Bentley, as it’s difficult to find fault with as a fast, comfortable grand tourer. Fast and capable the Bentley Continental GT is an indulgence that’s difficult to ignore, offering a fine cocktail of luxury and performance, all wrapped in a sophisticated, relatively understated package. "

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In 2003 Bentley launched the original Continental GT and it’s been instrumental in Bentley’s success ever since. Revised on a couple of occasions during its lengthy life cycle, the Bentley Continental was finally replaced by this all-new model in 2018. 


There’s no ambiguity in its name, either, the Bentley coupe being a Grand Tourer (GT) rather than a sportscar, built to fulfil the now somewhat outdated (and romantic) concept of the wealthy elite charging high speed through countries, perhaps swinging by Paris for breakfast, stopping at Le Mans to take part in a race, before heading to Antibes afterwards to party."


To do that a GT car has to fulfil a wide spectrum of capabilities. These notably encompass huge power and effortless long-legged performance, a sumptuously comfortable interior with a modicum of practicality and an exclusive badge that’s fiscally out of reach of the hoi polloi. The Bentley Continental GT fulfils that brief pretty much to the letter, it being offered with a choice of two prodigiously powerful twin-turbocharged engines with either eight- or twelve-cylinders, a spacious interior that mixes of gloriously indulgent old-school luxury and modern technology, and a price, well, if you have to ask… 


While Bentley’s success with the Continental GT has unquestionably allowed the company to flourish, it wasn’t without a little bit of assistance from a rich benefactor. In Bentley’s case, that’s Volkswagen, it bankrolling the first GT’s development, borrowing elements from elsewhere within Volkswagen’s sizeable product and brand portfolio to help create it.


That remains the case today, though unlike the original GT, which used some underpinnings from the Volkswagen Phaeton luxury saloon, the current Bentley Continental GT shares elements of its structure with the Porsche Panamera.


As a basis that’s not a bad starting point, and it’s helped address one of the few criticisms of the old model, that being its agility. The Bentley Continental GT now offers the promise of more poise than previously, giving it a better chance against its more driver-focused rivals from Aston Martin and Ferrari, among others. 


It’s achieved that without throwing out what made the original Continental GT so appealing though, it retaining the feeling of utter imperviousness to the road or conditions, thanks, in no small part to its standard four-wheel drive, and the hushed, cosseted interior you’re ensconced within. 


You can take it as read, then, that if you’re in the realms of buying a Bentley Continental GT that you’ve done well for yourself, and the Continental GT is one hell of a reward for all your hard work. 


It’s a car that can, and is likely to be, used by its owners, the GT’s wide bandwidth meaning it’s by far the easiest car among its competitors to live with on a day-to-day basis. Indeed, in that respect the big Bentley is like a grown up, super luxurious Porsche 911. It’s also relatively discreet compared to some of its more overt rivals, it being elegant and understated rather than showy or obnoxious. That’s undoubtedly a sizeable part of its appeal for its buyers. 


Joined in 2019 by the GTC, the coupe’s convertible alternative, while 2020 saw Bentley’s Mulliner coach building department create an exclusive run of 12 cars based on the GT called Bacalar, each costing a cool £1.5m, these all already sold out.  


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Bentley Continental GT (2010-2018) review.


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Bentley Continental GT

6.0 W12 2Dr Auto

  • 2019
  • 4,452 miles
  • Bentley Chelmsford
  • Essex, CM26PN
Price:£160,000
HP: £4,354.96/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £4,354.96, Customer Deposit: £24,000.00, Total Deposit: £24,000.00, Total Charge For Credit: £20,778.56, Total Amount Payable: £180,778.56, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.9%

Bentley Continental GT

6.0 W12 2dr Auto

  • 2019
  • 15,808 miles
  • Bentley Chelmsford
  • Essex, CM26PN
Price:£145,000
HP: £3,946.72/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £3,946.72, Customer Deposit: £21,750.00, Total Deposit: £21,750.00, Total Charge For Credit: £18,831.92, Total Amount Payable: £163,831.92, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.9%

Is the Bentley Continental GT right for you?

It’s highly improbable that you’ll arrive at a Bentley dealership without having owned, and still have a garage stocked with, a back catalogue of exclusive, expensive luxury, SUVs, sportscars, GTs and supercars.


The chances are then you’ll know that the Bentley’s exactly what you’re after. You want the pace of those sports and supercars, but want the assured stability, vice-free handling and usability the Continental GT brings, while not being showy outside, but beautifully indulgent and hand-crafted inside. 


The Continental GT does all that, while adding some practicality with a decent-sized boot and a pair of occasional rear seats. The likelihood is you’ll actually use it too, and regularly, rather than the occasional playthings its performance rivals, this, again, one of the Continental GT’s strengths. Throw in a huge scope for personalisation, inside and out, and buying and specifying it, it well worth a visit to Bentley’s Crewe home to do so, is as large a part of the experience as owning and driving it.  


What’s the best Bentley Continental GT model/engine to choose?

There are two engines and two body styles – ignoring that Bacalar – to pick from, either the coupe, or the GTC with its folding canvas roof, powered by the choice of a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 550PS and 770Nm of torque, or a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 with 635PS and 900Nm. All drive all four-wheels, via an eight-speed automatic transmission. 


If you measure best by pure numbers, then that flagship W12 coupe has it, it able to reach 62mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 207mph. The V8’s only marginally slower though, with 62mph reached in 4.0 seconds and it trailing its 12-cylinder relation’s top speed, if you happen to be passing through Germany, by just 9mph. 


Buying the GTC has no impact on the performance figures. Which you’ll buy is likely down to your location, the coupe more popular in the UK, with the GTC selling in greater numbers in markets like the USA. You could just buy a different one for each of your houses, but, being rational, a V8 coupe is all you really need.  


What other cars are similar to the Bentley Continental GT?

The Continental GT operates in a fairly rarefied marketplace, but there are alternatives to it, from a number of exclusive and luxury brands. Ferrari’s V8 GTC4 Lusso and V12 GT4Lusso are the company’s most obvious competitors for the coupe, with the Portofino a possible alternative to the GTC. Aston Martin’s DB11 fills a similar brief, but it’s more overtly sporting, in either coupe or Volante (open-topped) guise. Rolls-Royce offers the Wraith, too, as a potential rival. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is similarly useable, fast and capable, and again with a more sporting edge, while cars like the BMW 8 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe also fill a similar brief to the Bentley, albeit without quite the bespoke look or feel. 


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Bentley Continental GT Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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Prices, versions and specification