As stunning as the classically styled bodywork is, the interior of a Bentley Continental GT is simply fantastic. There's stunning wood everywhere, swathes of leather in every direction, and superb metal details in just the right quantities. There is a digital driver display and a similar 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display that can optionally be made to rotate and hide out of sight too. There are upgrades like massaging and ventilated seats available. As you can imagine, there's plenty of comfort and space for those up front, but the rear is a little cramped for adults. Still, that's to be expected, and the cabin feels truly special - even more so in Azure specification where the aim is to highlight wellbeing and serenity by combining textures and sound dampening to ensure the cabin is plush, tranquil, and comforting.
The Bentley Continental GT has enough space for four, provided that half of the occupants are not of legal driving age. The rear seats are typically difficult to climb into as an adult, and once seated, you'll find a shortage of headroom and legroom. This is a car for the driver and his or her companion. 12-way heated, power-adjustable seats are fitted up front as standard, but the available massaging and ventilated seats give you even more range of adjustment. Regardless of what seats are chosen, the front is spacious, comfortable, and supportive. The driving position is good too, and visibility in most directions (besides your blind spots) is great.
|Bentley Continental GT Trims||V8||S||Azure||Mulliner|
|Headroom Front Seat||40.1 in.||40.1 in.||40.1 in.||40.1 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.7 in.||36.7 in.||36.7 in.||36.7 in.|
Bentley doesn't just give you a world of customization when it comes to choosing the color of your exterior paint. That kind of care for a customer's very specific tastes extends to the interior too, and as you can imagine, imitation leather or plastic would be sacrilegious in here. Instead, you get genuine leather, aluminum, and wood. The leather can be had with or without contrast stitching, with the latter option available alone or with piping on the seats. Contrast hand-cross-stitching is also available along with embroidery on the headrests, and even the finish of the steering wheel can be customized in a two-tone finish. Numerous colors are available, with the leather offered in shades like Cumbrian Green, Imperial Blue, Magnolia, Saddle, and even a red called Hotspur.
Trim elements are available in high gloss carbon fiber, but we think a Bentley simply must have wood inside. Plenty of options are available here too, with Piano Black arguably the most common. Crown Cut Walnut is standard, but Dark Fiddleback Eucalyptus is available too, as are other options like Dark Stained Burr Walnut and Liquid Amber. In addition, you can have Diamond Knurled aluminum A/C vents, organ stop controls, and clock bezels. And if you don't like what's on offer - even after spending hours looking through the various options - Bentley will happily come up with something custom just for you.
But there's even more available with the new Azure specification since it comes with unique embroidery and Diamon-on-Diamon quilted Nappa leather upholstery. Unique cabin trim and decor set this apart from other models, too.
A grand tourer needs to be able to handle luggage, even if said GT is trying to be sportier. Fortunately, the Continental is a vehicle that is reasonable, although not brilliant in this department. Its trunk offers 12.6 cubic feet of volume, enough for a couple of medium-sized suitcases for you and your PA.
In the cabin, large door pockets are supplemented by an average glovebox, center armrest storage, and a spot in the center console for your wallet and phone.
|Bentley Continental GT Trims||V8||S||Azure||Mulliner|
|Trunk Volume||12.6 cu. ft.||12.6 cu. ft.||12.6 cu. ft.||12.6 cu. ft.|
As you'd expect when you're spending six figures on a luxury sportscar, there are plenty of standard features included with your purchase. The Conti GT comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, parking sensors, a rearview camera, soft-close doors, and a power trunk lid. You also get rain-sensing wipers, heated power-adjustable front seats, and LED Matrix adaptive headlights. Options include ventilated and massaging front seats, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control with traffic sign recognition, wireless charging, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, night vision camera, surround-view camera, heated windshield, hands-free trunk, head-up display, and a panoramic glass roof.
The infotainment system in the Bentley Continental GT follows the trend that so many others have, with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display acting as the interface between you and your media. It looks good and is easy enough to operate, but we do feel that it could look a touch more extravagant for a car of this price instead of using relatively generic graphics. Nevertheless, you can do something that you can't in pretty much any other car - opt for a rotating display that hides the screen in the dash. Also available are upgrades like wireless charging, digital TV, a Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker audio system, and for true audiophiles, a stunning 18-speaker surround sound system by Naim. If this doesn't interest you, the standard features may be enough. These include Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, and a ten-speaker sound system with 650 watts of power.