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Rolls-Royce Phantom

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

60
%
C

Used car score:

54
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

93
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

14
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

9
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

60
%
C

Used car score:

54
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

93
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

14
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

9
%
E

Summary


The Rolls-Royce Phantom is a large luxury saloon and the flagship of the Rolls-Royce range. It is available in two different lengths, with the longer model providing additional rear legroom. The current model is the eighth generation to carry the Phantom name and went on sale in the UK in late 2017.

The Phantom is comfortably the most expensive saloon car on sale in the UK, starting at about £360,000, and Rolls-Royce claims that most owners will spend substantial money over and above that price to personalise their cars in various ways.

The only engine available is a 6.8-litre petrol V12 unit supplied by Rolls-Royce’s parent company, BMW. All models are built at Rolls-Royce’s factory at Goodwood in West Sussex, England.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom has received universally high praise from the UK motoring media, and has been one of the highest-rated cars we’ve analysed with The Car Expert’s unique Expert Rating Index in recent years.

However, as our Expert Rating scores now account for emissions and running costs as well as reviewer praise, the Rolls-Royce Phantom holds a New Car Rating of C with a score of 60% as of January 2024.

The Phantom has been particularly complimented for its build quality and unparalleled luxury, with the only criticisms being that it is very expensive (obviously) and the running costs are similarly eye-watering.

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Key specifications


Body style: large saloon
Engine: petrol
Price: From £360,000 on-road

Launched: Summer 2017
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Rolls-Royce Phantom was not crash tested by Euro NCAP when it was launched in 2017 and we are not expecting it to see a series of £350K+ saloons smashed into walls and poles so that a few plutocrats can feel better about their prospects in an emergency.

If it does, we will update this section accordingly because you’ll probably want to watch the videos.

Eco rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Rolls-Royce Phantom has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. Again, not expecting it to happen anytime soon, so you’ll have to use your imagination to work out how environmentally friendly a three-tonne saloon powered by a 6.8-litre petrol V12 might be.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Rolls-Royce Phantom to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Phantom, we’ll publish the results here.

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 models18 mpgE – mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models340 g/kmD328 – 347 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is – unsurprisingly – a very expensive car to own and run, according to whole-life cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

For evidence of how costly this saloon is to drive on a daily basis, look no further than the poor CO2 output and similarly poor fuel consumption. Mind you, that’s exactly what you’d expect from a heavy saloon powered by an enormous V12 petrol engine.

We don’t have servicing costs for the Phantom at the moment, but as the saying goes: if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it…

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Rolls-Royce Phantom has received

2018

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Luxury Car
  • GQ Car Awards – Best Supernatural Driving Experience

2017

  • Top Gear Awards – Best Luxury Car

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