The cabin of the Bentley Continental GT has received less work than the exterior when the car was revamped. This is not necessarily an issue, as we were already dealing with an exquisite interior, which has now been improved in some of the areas that matter the most.
Bentley makes some of the most refined cabins in the world and, in the Continental GT, it seems like their secret is not just the space or the materials, but the way in which the two are combined. The designers have managed to offer you the feeling of a cocoon, but with plenty of room between the seat and the shapes that surround you.
Aside from the obvious lack of the driving controls, the front passenger receives the same surroundings as the person behind the steering wheel - The dashboard
is split in two virtually identical areas using character lines that stand out and are covered in smooth leather.
Event the center armrest follows the aforementioned path, using a two-side design so that both front occupants receive the same level of attention.
The vast trimming areas are also a defining feature of the Continental GT’s cabin. You can choose between a selection of veneers, aluminum and even carbon fiber. It doesn’t matter which one you opt for, you’ll receive a material that turns moments spent in traffic into quality time. Since we mentioned time, we’ll tell you that this Bentley measures it using a dash-mounted Breitling piece.
Most of the controls are covered in aluminum and this is also used for the air vents, which show that special form and function can coexist.
The steering wheel
is now smaller and displays the same elegance, but the ergonomics for the area that surround it aren’t perfect. We had to deal with the classical issue of the gear shift paddles
sharing the space with the other steering-wheel mounted controls.
As for the gear lever
itself, this forces you to use an awkward position to operate the button on top of it. Another problem from the ergonomics point of view is that if you want to change the suspension setup, you have to use a dedicated button and also the touchscreen.
The aforementioned touchscreen
is also new, but VW seems to always be one step behind certain competitors - the one in the old car felt extremely outdated and now that they’ve changed it, it’s still not one of the freshest units on the market. The problem lies in the graphics of the interface, as the rest of the system is very capable. This uses an eight-inch screen and a navigation system with a 30 GB hard drive, a DVD player, an SD memory card and a Google Maps feature.
As you look back, you notice the smooth lines of the center console that extends between the rear seats. Once you move to the back, you feel that while you receive the same quality materials , there’s less space
than you get in certain superminis.
To address this issue, Bentley has installed new front “Cobra” front seats
, which use sculpted backs to offer more legroom and easier access for the passengers in the back. Adults up to a medium size can use the rear seats for short trips and the only ones that can actually spend some time in them are children. Moving further along towards the rear, we find a luggage compartment
that measures 358 liters (12.6 cu. ft.) and has a generous opening.
The level of craftsmanship found inside the Bentley Continental GT underlines the vehicle’s Grand Tourer nature and makes you forget about the limited space in the back and the VW-borrowed buttons of the car.Continue reading