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Bentley Flying Spur

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Bentley Flying Spur

(2019 – present)

    Summary


    The Bentley Flying Spur is a large luxury saloon, and the flagship of the Bentley range. This is the third generation of the Flying Spur and, like its predecessors, it is based on the Bentley Continental GT coupé.

    The Bentley Mulsanne ceased production in 2020, with the Flying Spur moving up on previous generations in price and luxury to take on the role of Bentley’s flagship saloon. It’s significantly longer than the previous model to provide more rear cabin space. Initially launched only with the top-spec 6.0-litre W12 engine, the range grew with the addition of the familar 4.0-litre petrol V8 engine about a year later. A plug-in hybrid is expected in 2021.

    The Bentley Flying Spur has received many positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with glowing reports of its luxury and driving dynamics. Its overall Expert Rating of 83% (as of June 2022, based on 22 UK reviews) has been dragged down slightly by low ratings from consumer-oriented titles What Car? and Carbuyer, who point out its obvious shortcomings on areas like value for money and fuel economy.

    Several titles have also criticised the stinginess of the Flying Spur’s level of standard safety equipment, with key equipment like autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control only available as (expensive) options, despite being standard on other Volkswagen Group models – like a VW Golf for about a tenth of the price.

    A plug-in hybrid model was added to the Flying Spur range in Summer 2021.

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    Key specifications


    Body style: Large saloon
    Engines: petrol, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £156,130 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2019
    Last updated: Summer 2021
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    No safety rating

    The Bentley Flying Spur 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


    No eco rating

    The Bentley Flying Spur has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    The Flying Spur weighs about three tonnes with passengers on board and is powered by either a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine or a 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine, so it’s safe to assume it won’t be winning any environmental awards.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Bentley Flying Spur to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Flying Spur, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Bentley Flying Spur has received

    2021

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Luxury Car

    2019

    • carwow Awards – Best Luxury Car

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    Bentley Flying SpurThe Bentley Flying Spur is very large, very luxurious and very powerful – although key safety kit costs extra, which is very poor form.