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Bentley Continental GT

(2018 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

47
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

83
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

27
%
D

Reliability Rating:

23
%
E

Running Costs:

14
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

56
%
D

Used car score:

47
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

83
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

27
%
D

Reliability Rating:

23
%
E

Running Costs:

14
%
E

Summary


The Bentley Continental GT is a large luxury 2+2 coupé. The current model is the third generation and was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show and went on sale in 2018.

Unlike the first two generations of Continental GT, which were based on a Volkswagen platform, the new model shares its underpinnings with the Porsche Panamera. This has made it a far more dynamic car to drive. The GT was originally launched with a W12 petrol engine, and a new V8 engine option was added in early 2019.

The Continental GT has a sister convertible model, the GTC. We are building a separate page for this car, so check back soon. There is also a saloon relative called the Flying Spur, which shares its platform and a lot of its components with the Continental models.

The Bentley Continental GT has received unanimously positive reviews from the UK motoring media, ranging from good to outstanding. It has received particular praise for its improved driving dynamics and luxurious cabin, with the only real criticisms being that the improved handling has resulted in a small trade-off in ride comfort.

As of January 2024, the Continental GT has a New Car Expert Rating of D with a score of 56%. Despite the car’s very positive reviewer reception, the Bentley’s very high running costs hinder its rating.

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Key specifications


Body style: Coupé
Engines: petrol
Price: From £159,100 on-road

Launched: Spring 2018
Last updated: Spring 2019
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Bentley Continental GT has not been crash-tested by Euro NCAP. Previous generations of Continental have never been tested by Euro NCAP, so we don’t expect that this one will be, either.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Bentley Continental GT has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

We’re not expecting the Continental GT to be put through its paces by Green NCAP but, if it does happen, we’ll publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Bentley Continental range (GT, GTC and Flying Spur across the last two generations) is below average when it comes to reliability, with a reliability score of 28% according to extended warranty data provided by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This covers both the current (2018 onwards) model as well as earlier generations.

However, it’s not just us to find the Continental range to be sub-par when it comes to reliability. In August 2022, a report from car warranty provider Warrantywise rated the Continental GT as the seventh most unreliable used car on sale in the UK.

Suspension problems are the most common isues for the Continental, with more than a third of MotorEasy’s warranty claims addressing these.

If you own or are considering a used Bentley Continental GT, make sure any used car warranty you purchase covers these particular trouble spots.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models22 mpgE20 – 23 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models287 g/kmD275 – 320 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

The Bentley Continental GT is a very expensive car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The car’s fuel economy of 22 mpg is one of the poorest fuel consumption stats in our Expert Rating Index, and insurance premiums are in the most expensive bracket too.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Bentley Continental GT has received

2019

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Coupé
  • News UK Motor Awards – British-Built Car of the Year + Jeremy Clarkson People’s Car of the Year

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The Bentley Continental GT has received unanimously positive reviews from the UK motoring media, ranging from good to outstanding, with particular praise for its improved driving dynamics and luxurious cabin.Bentley Continental GT