There is much to love about the Bentley Flying Spur: it creates a sense of occasion like few other cars at any price, and offers an endearing blend of performance, potential top speed and braking power.
The interior sets it apart from the more mainstream rivals, and there can be no denying that it fulfills its remit as a big, lavish limo. It’s even fun to drive, in a brutish kind of way.
However, some of the fundamentals just aren’t good enough, namely the ride, refinement and overall effect of the car's appearance.
This is a Bentley, and we fully appreciate it needs a sporting bias to differentiate itself in the market place.
But when you’ve got a two-and-a-half tonne luxury limo with all that space in the rear, its ability to offer a cosseting ride has to be the primary objective over all other concerns. The Spur simply cannot offer that as comprehensively as a Jaguar XJ does.
The Flying Spur is a flawed giant.