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."
Rear seat space is at a premium in the Flying Spur, but the lineup at least offers copious cargo room. ConsumerGuide noted that the trunk felt larger than the 17 cubic feet listed, and noted that the large opening and low liftover added to the utility. Stowing the CD changer and DVD navigation system ate into useable space in the glove box, and cabin space disappeared in a hurry, they added.
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."