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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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U.S. cars get a standard rearview camera
The Bentley Flying Spur is something of a safety unknown: it's massive, and equipped with technology that accents safer driving without distracting from the act of driving itself.
Still, it's one of those ultra-luxury vehicles that go untested, because of price and sales volume. To date, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the Flying Spur. Frankly, we don't expect either of them will. As a result, we've given the sedan a rating based on its dimensions, technology, and the performance of other large VW Group vehicles.
Standard safety equipment on the Flying Spur is complete, though it's not as technology-riddled as some mid-priced luxury vehicles. The usual airbags and stability control are complemented by all-wheel drive with a slight torque bias to the rear. Front and rear parking sensors are standard for American-market cars; a rearview camera and adaptive cruise control are options.
What's not offered are some features that are now common on less expensive four-doors--features like surround-view cameras, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warning and lane-keeping systems. We're advocates of the cameras and blind-spot systems since they increase safety inexpensively, and believe they'd improve upon the Flying Spur's somewhat limited visibility to the rear quarters.
Like most ultra-luxury cars, the Flying Spur's never been crash-tested; a rearview camera is standard, while adaptive safety systems are offered.