2019 Bentley Continental GT vs. 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Bentley Continental GT have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Aston Martin Vanquish doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Continental GT offers optional Bentley Safeguard Plus, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Vanquish doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Continental GT has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Vanquish doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the Continental GT helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Continental GT’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Continental GT offers an optional Top View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Vanquish only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Continental GT’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Continental GT’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Continental GT and the Vanquish have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Bentley Continental GT weighs 871 to 1488 pounds more than the Aston Martin Vanquish. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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There are over 28 percent more Bentley dealers than there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Continental GT’s warranty.

Engine

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The Continental GT’s 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 46 more horsepower (626 vs. 580) and 199 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 465) than the Vanquish’s 5.9 DOHC V12.

As tested in Car and Driver the Bentley Continental GT is faster than the Aston Martin Vanquish:

 

Continental GT

Vanquish

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.1 sec

5.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.6 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

11.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

123 MPH

121 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Continental GT’s fuel efficiency. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Continental GT’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Vanquish doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Continental GT has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Vanquish (24 vs. 20.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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The Continental GT offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Vanquish doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

All wheel drive, available in the Continental GT, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Aston Martin Vanquish is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Continental GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Vanquish:

 

Continental GT

Vanquish

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Continental GT has larger front standard tires than the Vanquish (F:265/40R21 & R:305/35R21 vs. F:255/35R20 & R:305/30R20). The Continental GT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Vanquish (F:275/35R22 & R:315/30R22 vs. F:255/35R20 & R:305/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Continental GT has standard 21-inch wheels. Only 20-inch wheels are available on the Vanquish. The Continental GT offers optional 22-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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The Continental GT has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Vanquish doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Continental GT uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Vanquish, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Continental GT offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Aston Martin doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Vanquish.

The Continental GT has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Continental GT’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Continental GT’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Vanquish (112.2 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Continental GT is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Vanquish.

The Continental GT Coupe handles at .98 G’s, while the Vanquish Coupe pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Continental GT’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Vanquish’s (37.8 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Continental GT has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Vanquish uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Continental GT Coupe is quieter than the Vanquish Coupe:

 

Continental GT

Vanquish

At idle

41 dB

49 dB

Full-Throttle

79 dB

89 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Continental GT Coupe a Compact car, while the Vanquish Coupe is rated a Minicompact. The EPA rates the Continental GT Convertible a Compact car, while the Vanquish Volante is rated a Minicompact.

The Continental GT has 14 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Vanquish (92 vs. 78).

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Continental GT. The Vanquish doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Continental GT has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just a gesture, completely leaving your hands free. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

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The Continental GT offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Continental GT’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Aston Martin does not offer a locking feature on the Vanquish’s standard power windows.

The Continental GT’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Vanquish’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Continental GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Vanquish doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Continental GT offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Vanquish offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the Continental GT’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Continental GT’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Vanquish doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Continental GT offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Vanquish doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the Continental GT offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Vanquish doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Continental GT’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Vanquish doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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