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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
Outdated infotainment interface
Bi-xenon headlights are standard, as are a navigation system, wireless cell-phone link
Coolest new option for 2009 is the $6900 Naim audio system
Road and Track
When your brand is built around luxury more than performance or styling, as is the case with Bentley, features become an all-important selling point and one of the most critical aspects of success. With so much riding on the interior features, it's no surprise that Bentley continues to amaze with both the basics and the upscale features—with the notable exception of the interactive center console.
The 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur comes standard with a long list of features that should appease even the most luxury-minded consumers. Edmunds reviewers report that "standard features include 19-inch wheels, an adjustable air suspension, bi-xenon headlamps, four-zone automatic climate control, [and] heated rear seats with lumbar massage." ConsumerGuide adds that "a navigation system, wireless cell-phone link, heated front seats with memory, [and] driver-seat lumbar massage" are also standard on the 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur lineup. While reviewers surveyed by TheCarConnection.com generally rave about the luxurious appointments within the 2009 Bentley Continental's cabin, Edmunds does take exception to the "outdated infotainment interface" that some reviewers feel would be much more at home in a late-'90s model car than a 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Other than that somewhat disappointing arrangement, the 2009 Bentley Flying Spur's standard features are top-notch.
In addition to the standard features on the 2009 Bentley Continental, Bentley offers a number of options, some of which cost more individually than a few of today's economy cars. The one option that automotive experts enjoy the most is the newly available Naim sound system, which Road and Track reviewers call the "coolest new option for 2009." They add that "Naim is a well-known high-end British home audio maker, and its non-flashy designs seem a perfect fit for Bentley." The upgraded sound system is almost absurdly powerful, featuring 15 speakers and an 1,100-watt amplifier to produce sound that Road and Track deems "crisp, clear, [and] amazing." ConsumerGuide lists some of the other available features for the 2009 Bentley Flying Spur as "a heated steering wheel, front passenger lumbar massage, power opening and closing trunklid, and satellite radio." If that's not enough, Edmunds adds that the 2009 Bentley Flying Spur can be outfitted with "power-adjustable rear seats with a full rear center console, flip-down wooden picnic tables for rear passengers, a full-length three passenger rear seat...[and] a rear-seat entertainment system with twin display screens."
The 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur lives up to its desired reputation as one of the most luxurious, feature-laden luxury cruisers on the road.