2013 Bentley Continental GT Coupe - Rating Details


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Vehicle Tested 2013 Bentley Continental GT Coupe (4.0L V8 Twin-turbo AWD 8-speed Automatic) Driven On 11/14/2012 Ratings Summary The 2013 Bentley Continental is the least expensive Bentley available, but with ample power, a stunning interior and world-class road manners, it's easily one of the best. 
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Performance The Continental GT V8 is shockingly competent with a stellar V8, smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and more road-holding grip than should be possible at this weight. Truly a driver's GT car.
Acceleration
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Effortless is the name of the game in the luxury segment and the twin-turbo V8 here does not disappoint. Simply push the go pedal and hang on. 60 mph comes up in 4.2 seconds.
Braking
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The Bentley throws down an impressive number braking from 60 mph with a firm pedal. Less impressive is the $13,600 it costs for the carbon-ceramic brakes.
Steering
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There is nothing particularly good or bad about the Bentley's steering. It's light and precise enough to not waver. Not very inspiring, but this is a luxury car.
Handling
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Handling isn't at the forefront of the Bentley Continental's checklist. If it were, the car wouldn't weigh 5,000 pounds. However, big tires and good suspension get the job done.
Driveability
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This car was built for driving. Not flat-out track driving, but long-distance, rolling roads with endless sweepers. To that end, there are few better driver's cars.
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Comfort GT stands for Grand Touring and the Bentley excels at long-distance comfort.
Seating Comfort
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Stiff and supportive without being punishing, the Continental GT's seats are some of the finest thrones in the world.
Ride Comfort
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The low-profile tires can bang off big pavement irregularities, otherwise, the Continental GT V8 is controlled and comforting.
Quietness
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The Bentley is almost exactly as loud at 120 mph as it is at 60 and that number is quite low.
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Interior Without question one of the finest interiors in the world. It's a sea of hand-stitched, quilted leather and gorgeous wood. Hugely impressive.
Ergonomics
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Perhaps the Bentley's weakest point, buttons and switches aren't as clear or easy to use as some competitors. Shift paddles are an afterthought and wheel controls are awkward.
Ingress/Egress
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Part of the allure of a big coupe is the huge doors which make ingress/egress for any shape and level of physicality a breeze. Seat height is low, but doesn't require stooping.
Space/Room
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While rear-seat room is minimal, front-seat space and comfort is almost without peer. Almost like it was designed for tall and wide athletes.
Visibility
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Visibility out of the Continental is very good and is bolstered with an excellent parking-aid system and rear-view camera.
Cargo/Storage
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Coupes aren't generally known for their storage space, but the GT V8 has a trunk that'll swallow 12.6 cubic feet of stuff, a large center console and glovebox and good cupholders.
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Value The value of a Bentley can't be calculated on a simple cost/benefit scale. As an ultra-luxury vehicle, the Continental GT V8 has the right badge, the right looks and the right quality for a very competitive price.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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You get what you pay for and in this car you pay for hand-tooled wood and hand-stitched leather from pampered cows. Some VW parts-sharing is evident if you look close.
Cost
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With a base price of $176,725, this won't be on any budget-concious consumer's mind, but it is the least expensive Bentley available.
MPG
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As the fuel-saving option, the V8 is better than the W12, but with EPA estimates of 15 city/24 highway -- and a real-world average of 14 mpg, the Continental GT is no fuel sipper.
Warranty
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The 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8 carries a standard warranty of 3 years/unlimited miles with one year/10,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance.
Ownership
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Roadside assistance is covered for 3 years and there is free maintenance for one year/10,000 miles.
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Fun To Drive Pillarless and with more power than anyone needs, the GT V8's fun-to-drive quotient is fulfilled by effortless, long-distance cruises in the lap of luxury. A wonderful driver's car over any distance.
Driving Experience
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Full-size coupes have a presense and stately nature about them and the GT V8 is no different. Supple ride, endless power, huge footprint.
Personality
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At one point during everyone's life they should arrive to a valet in a Bentley. Personality flows out of this car faster than fuel.
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