Shopping for a new Bentley Continental GT?
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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
the backseat is good for parcels and puppies only
At idle, the 6.0-liter W-12 rumbles like a big-block Chevy
Car and Driver
With four seats and the same overall length as two Smart Fortwo city cars, the 2010 Bentley Continental GT should have more room for its backseat passengers.
The Continental driver and front passenger won't lodge many complaints, since they have plenty of shoulder and knee room, as well as ample headroom to go with their fabulously supportive seats. Automotive reports, "The two-door models sport very comfortable bucket seats that you'd label a tailored fit in apparel, with integral headrests, and available massage; hefty releases and fore/aft switches ease entry to the rear seat." ConsumerGuide says, "Entry and exit are complicated by a low seating position," but "once inside, these Bentleys coddle with large, supportive seats."
However, the Continental's backseat is simply too difficult to enter easily, and legroom and shoulder room are cramped for style. Bentley's trimmed the Continental from front to back by about 10 inches to create a more athletic look for the two-door, and that chop comes right out of rear-seat room. ConsumerGuide warns, "Small adults will fit, but won't be very happy about it. Headroom is adequate for those up to about 5'8", but there's scant foot space, and kneeroom is very tight behind a 6-foot driver." Edmunds notes that there's room in back "only if those in front are in a generous mood; otherwise, the backseat is good for parcels and puppies only." Car and Driver also confirms "the back seat can still hold two adults but only for about 20 minutes." MotorAuthority reports "the front seats do have power assistance for backseat passengers to clamber in, and there's a console with cupholders between the rear seats."
The Continental's a little starved for interior storage, but has a reasonably sized trunk. "In-cabin storage includes only a modest center console, smallish door pockets, and a midsize glovebox," says ConsumerGuide. It also observes the trunk's "small opening and a narrow cargo area limit the size of items that can be squeezed into the trunk, although total volume is sufficient for weekend trips." Edmunds thinks "the 13-cubic-foot trunk provides ample cargo space for a car of this type."
Adults forced in the back of the GT and GTC will complain about the lack of room, but all passengers will marvel at the Continental's sensory rush of top-quality materials-from the plush carpets and fine wood and leather, all the way to the padded ski-sack pass-through that expands the cargo room somewhat. The Continental has some of the most obscenely well-selected, well-fitted materials found in any car built today. "One doesn't speak of materials in a Continental as plastic is employed rarely, and only at a touch point for some switches where it is the best substance for the job," says Automotive, adding "one need only look upward to the headliner to find stitched hides like a fine briefcase, or in the convertible, a fully insulated and lined fabric top that even has an interior light in the middle of it." Noise levels are low, too; ConsumerGuide describes how the Conti's "womb-like silence is broken only by occasional patter of huge tires over patchy pavement and the engine's refined purr during acceleration."
The 2010 Bentley Continental GT and GTC are fitted fabulously for two. Four? Choose them wisely.