Shopping for a new Rolls-Royce Phantom?
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QUALITY | 10 out of 10
soaked up every road imperfection encountered with impressive aplomb
controls are calibrated for fingertips not biceps
“You could probably drive through a minefield and not disrupt the rear passenger's power nap”
Regardless of whether it is your first or hundredth ride in a Rolls-Royce, the Phantom range always manages to impress its passengers with its luxury. However, some reviewers are curious about the confining interior space in such a large car.
“There's 103 cubic feet of passenger space, which isn't great considering this car's exterior size,” states Cars.com, adding “there is a generous 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk.” There's no doubt that the Phantom is a large car. “At more than 19 feet long, a regular-wheelbase Phantom surpasses a 7 Series by more than 2 feet in total length, and it can completely swallow a Mini between its front and rear axles,” claims Edmunds. “We lined up for a spot between a Golf Cabrio and a Renault, and all of a sudden it felt like we were trying to park the Death Star,” says Autoblog.
ConsumerGuide finds that “supremely comfortable seats and ample adjustments join plenty of headroom and legroom for first-class accommodations. High-mounted seat cushions aid ingress and egress, and though the rear-hinged door takes getting used to, it doesn't impede entry or exit, and the power closing feature is an appreciated luxury.” Cars.com states that the Phantom can "comfortably seat five, or four if the optional rear bucket seats are chosen.”
Edmunds notes that the aluminum space frame upon which the Phantom is built provides a ride that is “superb, soaking up huge potholes and minor road imperfections with equal aplomb.” ConsumerGuide remarks that, “although our Southern California preview routes weren't plagued by badly broken pavement, the Drophead Coupe soaked up every road imperfection encountered with impressive aplomb and was devoid of undue float or bobbing over bumps.”
According to Autoblog, the Phantom truly shines in its ability to figuratively transport you to another realm: “When the windows are up, the outside world ceases to exist.” Conversely, “when you roll down the windows, the volume inside the car jumps a noticeable number of decibels, and you remember, ‘Oh yeah, there's, like, stuff out there.’” Even the convertible is noticeably silent. “Top down, it's quiet, allowing normal conversation at 80 mph, and only a bit more volume is required to chat at 100,” asserts Motor Trend. “There is a fair amount of wind buffeting, though; air swirls around the back-seat area, and you can feel it blowing between the front seats.”
According to a reviewer from Autoblog, “there are things I could complain about, like the BMW 7-Series key and the finicky iPod integration. But I won't. People buying this car simply don't care.” Motor Trend finds that “all the controls are calibrated for fingertips not biceps.”
Legroom in the 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom is surprisingly limited given the size of the vehicles’ exteriors; however, most occupants will still find the opulence and comfort remarkable.