2018 Bentley Mulsanne

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2018 Bentley Mulsanne
MSRP range
$304,670 - $335,600
2018 Bentley Mulsanne

What’s new

  • No changes for the 2018 Mulsanne
  • Part of the second Mulsanne generation introduced for 2011

Pros

  • Sumptuous, handcrafted interior
  • Ride quality best described as stately
  • Authoritative thrust and acceleration
  • Deeply extensive customization options

Cons

  • High cost of entry, even compared to some rivals
  • Equally high-cost options


Which Mulsanne does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you're regularly shuttling NBA players, there's not much need for the extended-wheelbase version. The extra $100,000 could be put to good use on the base Mulsanne by adding the Mulliner, Comfort and Entertainment specifications.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2018 Bentley Mulsanne is one of the most expensive cars you can buy today. For the $300,000-plus cost of admission, you get a 3-ton, 18-foot (19-foot for the extended-wheelbase) luxury sedan that is as close to hand-built perfection as you'll find. As the price suggests, no expense is spared. Only the finest leather, metals and wood are selected. And if those aren't satisfying enough, you can opt for a customized Mulsanne that is tailored to your tastes.

More likely than not, you'll be enjoying the Mulsanne from one of the plush passenger seats. But the driver won't feel left out thanks to a massive turbocharged V8 under the sculpted hood. Wherever you might be seated, you'll be treated to one of the most comfortable rides on the planet.

There's no doubt the Bentley Mulsanne makes a statement. It's an extravagance that proclaims wealth, taste and refinement. In this rarefied air, there's really only one other ultimate luxury sedan that is competing for your impressive budget: the half-million-dollar Rolls-Royce Phantom. If you're fortunate enough to be considering either, there is no wrong choice.

Trim levels & features

Bentley offers three versions of the Mulsanne to suit customer needs. The Mulsanne and the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, which adds almost 10 inches of rear legroom, are both powered by the same turbocharged 6.75-liter V8 (505 horsepower, 752 pound-feet of torque). There's also the Mulsanne Speed, which wrings an extra 25 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque from the V8. All three largely share the same equipment and options. Bentley offers a number of packages that add significant upgrades to this already lavish vehicle and nearly limitless options for customization.

Standard equipment highlights include four-zone automatic climate control with separate rear-seat controls, power rear-window privacy screens, 14-way power-adjustable front seats and eight-way power-adjustable rear seats (all with heating), a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an eight-speaker sound system, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and, of course, leather upholstery and wood trim.

Outside the cabin, the Mulsanne includes an air ride suspension, LED headlights and taillights, a sunroof, automatic soft-close doors and trunk, parking sensors, 20-inch wheels, and keyless entry and ignition.

There are several packages, which Bentley refers to as "specifications," that offer some extensive upgrades.

The Comfort Specification adds massage and ventilation to both front seats and the rear outboard seats, special comfort headrests with faux suede pads, and two extra loose cushions. On the extended-wheelbase Mulsanne, the Comfort Specification also adds airline-style reclining seats with footrests. The Premier Specification adds the much-needed Flying B hood ornament, stainless-steel door-pillar finishers, a special filler cap, two umbrellas, a valet key, a veneered cellphone drawer for the front center console, and a remote-control garage door opener.

The Entertainment Specification adds dual 10.4-inch rear-seat tablets and veneered picnic tables, which deploy from the front seatbacks. These tablets can be removed from their mounts and used even outside the car. With this package, you also get the absolutely bonkers 2,200-watt, 20-speaker Naim sound system.

Finally, the Mulliner Driving Specification adds special 21-inch wheels (although a version of this package can be had without the wheels), branded treadplate plaques, a sport-tuned suspension with driver-selectable modes, diamond-quilted and perforated seats and door panels, a leather headliner, and uniquely machined shift lever, air vent controls, foot pedals and interior door handles.

The Mulsanne comes with a host of other optional extras, such as three choices of drink cabinet (cocktail, bottle cooler with tumblers or bottle cooler with Champagne flutes — all with bespoke crystal), extra rear-seat vanity mirrors, black rear-window curtains with power controls, adaptive cruise control, front corner-view cameras, a chromed radiator shell and lambswool rugs.

A number of connectivity options allow owners to track their car with GPS or control the infotainment from a connected smart device. Also on offer are digital television reception, in-car Wi-Fi with a 4G internet connection, and integrated iPad and keyboard docks built into the rear-seat picnic tables.

It's also worth mentioning the options for color, trim, veneer and embroidery, which number in the hundreds. But, as Bentley is happy to tell you, its ability to customize any aspect of the car, from custom marquetry to installing specially built compartments such as humidors or jewelry boxes, is limited mostly by the buyer's imagination and pocketbook.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our brief evaluation of the Bentley Mulsanne Speed (turbo 6.75L V8 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

The Mulsanne is impressively quick. In Edmunds testing, we observed a 0-60 mph time of a bit more than 5 seconds. This big sedan also has impressively strong brakes. But drive around a turn and you'll experience a lot of body roll. Driving in a straight line is preferred.

Comfort

Comfort is at a premium in the Mulsanne. The seats with optional massage, recline and ventilation, plus extensive sound-deadening, an air ride suspension system and four-zone climate control, mean each occupant should feel supremely coddled.

Interior

Wood, metal and leather abound — all either handcrafted or -polished. The overall layout is very traditional, with modern technology subtly integrated. Optional extras such as lambskin rugs and veneer-framed vanity mirrors can take the interior of the Mulsanne to even greater heights of opulence.

Utility

The Bentley's trunk is surprisingly small for such a large car, but it offers quite a bit of clever storage in the cabin. Buyers willing to dip into Bentley's bespoke options can have storage built for just about anything small enough to fit in the car.

Technology

The classic approach to construction belies the fact that, especially with the Entertainment Specification, few rivals offer as much infotainment connectivity. The head unit is a bit old and the screen more restrained those of than many rivals, but everything is easy to understand and use.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$304,670
MPG
11 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
505 hp @ 4000 rpm
MSRP
$335,600
MPG
11 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
530 hp @ 4000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Mulsanne safety features:

Corner View Camera
Displays live images from cameras mounted in the front grille to give a better view when sightlines from the cabin are obstructed.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Manages the vehicle's speed when cruise control is active to match the speed of traffic and avoid collisions.
Blind-Spot Assist
Alerts the driver to other vehicles alongside the car during lane changes to reduce the chances of an accident.

Bentley Mulsanne vs. the competition

2018 Bentley Mulsanne

2018 Bentley Mulsanne

2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom

2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Bentley Mulsanne vs. Rolls-Royce Phantom

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan is the most direct competitor to the Mulsanne. It costs about $100,000 more, but at this level we suspect cost won't be much of an issue for most buyers. Both the Bentley and the Rolls are renowned for their impeccable craftsmanship, a good portion of which is done by hand.

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Bentley Mulsanne vs. Mercedes-Benz Maybach

The Maybach sedan comes in at about half the price of the Bentley. It also holds the upper hand when it comes to technology for advanced safety features and automated driving. But at this level of wealth, does that really matter? What matters is exclusivity, and the Mulsanne holds a definite advantage.

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Bentley Mulsanne vs. Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

The Rolls-Royce Ghost looks the part of a premium luxury sedan, and it most certainly is. One thing that may affect its cachet is the knowledge that it's based on a BMW 7 Series. But on the flip side, it also drives as well as the big Bimmer and benefits from newer technology than the Mulsanne. Both the Ghost and the Mulsanne have head-turning presence, regal interiors and exemplary comfort.

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More about the 2018 Bentley Mulsanne

The 2018 Bentley Mulsanne is the most luxurious and exclusive vehicle Bentley produces, and that's saying something. It's also one of the most labor-intensive cars in production, making only sparing use of automation and requiring 500 man-hours of work. Most of that time is spent perfecting and polishing the Mulsanne's wood, metal and leather interior. All of that care and craftsmanship comes with a price, and the big Bentley carries a steep price tag.

An extended-wheelbase version of the Mulsanne is also available and adds about 10 inches to the overall length of the car, and that is allocated to rear legroom. Beyond the extra space, the extended-wheelbase and the standard-length Mulsanne share largely the same equipment and options.

The Mulsanne is powered by Bentley's 6.75-liter V8, which delivers 505 horsepower to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is a rather thirsty 13 mpg combined (11 city/18 highway), but the Mulsanne is focused on luxury rather than efficiency. Buyers looking to arrive in style with slightly more haste can opt for the Mulsanne Speed, which bumps up the engine's output to 530 hp.

Standard equipment for the 2018 Bentley Mulsanne is extensive, including four-zone automatic climate control, 14-way power-adjustable front seats and eight-way power-adjustable rear seats (all with heating), an eight-speaker infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, air ride suspension, LED headlights, a sunroof and, of course, acres of driven wood, leather and metal.

Optional extras for the Mulsanne add some tremendous upgrades. The interior can be upgraded with massage and ventilation for front and rear outboard seats, as well as airline-style reclining seats for the EWB (the one major equipment difference between the standard Mulsanne and the Extended Wheelbase), a chilled drink cabinet with custom crystal, two 10.5-inch tablets that deploy from the front seatbacks and a 2,200-watt, 20-speaker audio system. Outside, the Bentley can be fitted with a chrome radiator shell, stainless-steel door pillars, the iconic Flying B hood ornament, adaptive cruise control and front corner-view cameras.

But in truth, thanks to Bentley's Mulliner department, the Mulsanne's customization options are nearly limitless. Beyond aesthetic customizations such as paint color, custom veneers, custom inlays and marquetry, and custom embroidery, Bentley will also tailor storage and other options. Want a built-in humidor or jewelry box? Bentley will be only too happy to oblige.

There's very little competition at this level of quality and luxury. Buyers who want only the best, regardless of cost, and are unwilling to entertain compromise will definitely want to give the Mulsanne a look. If you think the 2018 Bentley Mulsanne might be right for you, be sure to check out our review for more information, and use our shopping tools on Edmunds to find a dealer near you.

2018 Bentley Mulsanne Overview

The 2018 Bentley Mulsanne is offered in the following submodels: Mulsanne Speed, Mulsanne Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and Speed 4dr Sedan (6.8L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Bentley Mulsanne?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Bentley Mulsanne and all its trim types. 0 Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Mulsanne.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Bentley Mulsanne and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Mulsanne featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Bentley Mulsanne?

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