Bentley Mulsanne (2012)
Bentley Mulsanne (2012)

Ride and Handling

The Mulsanne has a remarkably absorbent ride; it seems to glide with aplomb over surfaces that would ruffle lesser cars. The handling feels assuredly secure; it is a car with mature good manners on the bends. For such a big car it is even quite nimble on a twisty road, and you can make rapid progress on a cross country gallop. A limousine of this bulk is no sports car, though, even with this level of power. You can have more fun in a small hatchback along country byways than you can in this enormous beast, with its lane-filling girth. Apart from a Rolls-Royce, nothing else on the road is quite this majestic to ride around in.

Ease of Use

You cannot help noticing the reactions of other drivers as you waft around in a Bentley. You feel as if you are driving a goldfish bowl, because so many peer at you expecting to see someone famous at the wheel. It is a bit galling when they look disappointed that you are not Brad Pitt or Cheryl Cole. At times you are waved out of side turnings in deference to the car’s status, but the downside is how often you sit waiting at a junction while cars stream past in defiance of the Bentley’s ostentatious show of wealth.

You need a bit of courage to manoeuvre this leviathan. At five and a half metres long and almost two wide, it takes steely nerves to thread it between parked vehicles on a narrow city street, or to insert it into a typical parking bay. A narrow suburban driveway entrance is a real test of nerves, and makes you realise that this car’s true environment is a sweeping swathe of gravel outside a vast mansion.

One of the disappointments about the Mulsanne is the size of its boot. For such a big car, the luggage capacity is relatively small at 443 litres. By comparison, a Ford Mondeo’s boot is almost 20 per cent bigger at 528 litres.

Bentley Mulsanne News

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