The big Bentley might look the favourite in a fight, but it’s got some tough competition
ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST SERIES II
Rolls’ junior limo has all the essence of motoring’s most luxe marque on a shorter wheelbase than the Phantom, and with satellite-aided transmission, which makes it a joy to drive. We also love swinging out of those “suicide doors”.
An extra-long S-class packed with more goodies than a branch of Toys R Us, the latest Maybach boasts the triumphant trifecta of technology, comfort and relative value, but it lacks the verve and sense of occasion of its British rivals.
The Phantom is the first word in stately cruising—no other four-door conjures this much drama and majesty. The quality of the finish and possibilities for bespoke tailoring are unparalleled, but it’s not quite as much of a drivers’ car as the Bentley.
A good deal noisier than the Bentley and not as fast in a straight line, the chopper makes up for it in not having to bother with corners. Ultimately, the Bentley is by far the more comfortable choice, but it’s more difficult to park on the deck of your yacht.