2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Comfort & Quality

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Some of the new Bentley Flying Spur's most coveted features are its front and back seats. And for good reason--they're adjustable 14 ways, with lumbar and memory support built into all the outboard seating positions. (That omits the controls on the middle back seat on the standard five-seat Spur; the four-seat Mulliner is posture-perfect in that regard). The front seats also have extendable lower cushions and massaging and ventilation control, for something close to a spa atmosphere, minus the humidity.

The Spur cabin isn't what you'd consider vast, though. It's more cozy, probably as it should be, even though the exterior proportions are more full-sized and full-figured. The overall length is 208.5 inches, the wheelbase is 120.7 inches, and the curb weight settles in at just under 5,500 pounds--and the Spur has just enough headroom for six-footers to slip under the sunroof, if they're long-bodied. It's roughly impossible to engineer a vehicle with such an exotically arranged and large displacement, with all-wheel drive, and with copious luxury equipment without tipping into its weight class.

It's more cozy inside the Spur than you might expect, but the fittings and finishes reign supreme.

The rear seats are clearly the place to be, or to be seen--unless you choose to raise the sunshades and go incognito, that is. The Flying Spur's back doors pivot open for easy access, revealing either a bench or a pair of bucket seats split by a long console, which can hide a Champagne cooler, if you like. One doesn't look for bottle holders in the doors, after all.

From the basic configuration, turning the Spur into a rolling limousine/office is simple, and simply expensive. All it takes is the available picnic trays and wireless infotainment system. From the back seat, passengers can move the front seats forward, grab a remote to play with the main audio and climate controls, or manipulate the dual 10-inch screens mounted on headrests in front of them. The screens aren't touch, but the setup does distribute wireless internet access to up to eight different devices.

Truth be told, the snack trays won't hold even a MacBook Air. But petit fours and a glass flute? Yes, yes, a thousand Euros, yes.

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