Used Bentley Continental GT Coupe (2003 - 2011) Review

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 10 Jan 2012
4.5
Any fears that new owner Volkswagen wasn't going to deliver a proper Bentley with its first model in charge were instantly dismissed with the arrival of the Continental GT. This opulent coupé offers real 200mph performance and room for four at a pinch for just over £100,000.
Bentley Continental GT Coupe (03-11)
Superb build quality, sophisticated image, refined driving experience, wonderful engine
Expensive to buy and run

New price range:

£123,855 - £170,155

Used price range:

£10,096 - £41,113

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Any fears that new owner Volkswagen wasn't going to deliver a proper Bentley with its first model in charge were instantly dismissed with the arrival of the Continental GT. This opulent coupé offers real 200mph performance and room for four at a pinch for just over £100,000. Not cheap, but less than half what Bentley had been asking for the old V8 Continental.

The four-wheel drive chassis and W12 engine are actually shared with the Phaeton, Volkswagen’s attempt at a BMW 7-series rivalling saloon, but the two cars are certainly not clones and the Bentley is far more opulent, faster and more satisfying to drive. A four-door saloon version, the Flying Spur, appeared in 2005 and the GTC convertible a year later.

Then in 2007 Bentley added the GT Speed, a more powerful version of the coupé, to combat the onslaught of more recent rivals, but the ordinary coupé continues also.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

1.5 out of 5

Green credentials

0.5 out of 5

Buying used

2.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 A 200mph super car that can be driven with ease, 4 seats and a huge boot. I bought this as a weekend car but ended up driving it every day - very practical.  

3 out of 5

Shawn Zaman ,   04 Nov 2015    ... read more

 The engine is just superb, enough power to whisk me off to anywhere I want to go to.  

4 out of 5

Peter Allingham ,   02 Jan 2013    ... read more

 Absolute pleasure to drive and be in, with unlimited power (600bhp), which is put down on the road with 4WD.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   26 Oct 2012    ... read more

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