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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Somewhat cramped rear seat
Trunk seems larger than the quoted 17-cubic-foot capacity
Decadent trappings abound
Car and Driver
The five-seat Flying Spur has a plush, well-crafted cabin, but it's better to ride in front.
Those front seats are supportive yet soft and can be adjusted perfectly to suit most drivers. The controls are somewhat elusive at first glance, but grow easier to use over time-even if critics point out that some are related to those in the former Volkswagen Phaeton sedan. ConsumerGuide asserts that the "huge supportive [front] seats supply imperial long-distance comfort, though headroom is only adequate for taller drivers." Continuing with their praise, ConsumerGuide says that "the daunting array of seat adjustments can confuse at first, but allow for extreme comfort customization" for front-seat occupants.
In back, the Spur has a little less legroom than expected, and it doesn't offer the same smoking-room sensations of the larger, more sensational Bentley Arnage. There's no drinks cabinet-this is the driver's Bentley-but backseat passengers can access the Spur's entertainment system. Edmunds cites a "somewhat cramped rear seat." Motor Trend reviewers point out that the 2010 Bentley Continental Flying Spur "now offers a rear bench seat with electrically adjustable outboard seats," but Edmunds contends "the rear seats lack the adjustment and advanced features (such as cooling) available in competing sedans. Rear legroom, too, is comparatively scarce."
Although the rear seats may be a bit cramped, the 2010 Bentley Flying Spur lineup does offer quite a bit of available cargo space in the trunk. ConsumerGuide feels the "trunk seems larger than the quoted 17-cubic-foot capacity," and a "large opening and low liftover add to [the trunk's] overall usefulness." However, once inside the cabin the available space disappears in a hurry. ConsumerGuide adds "the CD changer and navigation-system DVD player consumer much of the glove box, and console storage is limited to a small ash tray and tiny in-armrest cubbies."
The justification for the Flying Spur's incredible price is in craftsmanship; it's hand-fitted with leather, wood, and chrome details that make "cheaper" cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class seem pedestrian. Bentley's Crewe workshops do all the interior trimming by hand-and materials are carefully selected and finished, such as the unbleached, unstained veneer used on the Spur's dash and doors. According to Road & Track, it's "fair to say the build quality, craftsmanship and driving experience are worthy of a car of this price." Car and Driver observes "decadent trappings abound," while Edmunds points out the "leather- and lumber-lined cabin won't win any awards from environmentalists or animal rights activists, but it's still one of the most exquisitely constructed automotive interiors on the market today." Car and Driver says the sound of the W-12 engine is "simply eliminated with the double-paned glass up."
The 2010 Bentley Continental Flying Spur has a lavish interior with top-drawer finishes-but the backseat's not an easy fit.