2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs. 2018 Bentley Mulsanne

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Safety

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The Ghost’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Ghost has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Ghost offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Mulsanne doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Ghost has standard PostCrash, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the Ghost 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 projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Ghost’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Ghost offers an optional Top-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Mulsanne 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 Ghost’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Ghost has standard Rolls Royce Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Ghost and the Mulsanne have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The Ghost comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Mulsanne’s 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The Ghost’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mulsanne’s (4 vs. 3 years).

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Ghost for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Bentley doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Mulsanne.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Ghost have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Mulsanne.

Engine

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The Ghost’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 58 more horsepower (563 vs. 505) than the Mulsanne’s standard 6.8 turbo V8. The Ghost’s 6.6 turbo V12 produces 33 more horsepower (563 vs. 530) than the Mulsanne Speed’s standard 6.8 turbo V8. The Ghost Black Badge’s standard 6.6 turbo V12 produces 73 more horsepower (603 vs. 530) than the Mulsanne Speed’s standard 6.8 turbo V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Rolls-Royce Ghost (base engine) is faster than the Bentley Mulsanne:

 

Ghost

Mulsanne

Mulsanne Speed

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.8 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.3 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112.9 MPH

104.4 MPH

103.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ghost gets better fuel mileage than the Mulsanne (12 city/18 hwy vs. 11 city/18 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ghost’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mulsanne:

 

Ghost

Mulsanne

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

15.8 inches

14.6 inches

The Ghost stops shorter than the Mulsanne:

 

Ghost

Mulsanne

 

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

110 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Ghost’s 285/35R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mulsanne’s optional 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Ghost can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghost 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 Mulsanne doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Ghost offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Bentley doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Mulsanne.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghost’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Mulsanne (129.7 inches vs. 128.6 inches).

The Ghost handles at .83 G’s, while the Mulsanne pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ghost executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Mulsanne (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Rolls-Royce Ghost may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Bentley Mulsanne.

The Ghost is shorter than the Mulsanne, making the Ghost easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Ghost

Mulsanne

SWB Sedan

214.8 inches

219.5 inches

LWB Sedan

221.5 inches

229.3 inches

Passenger Space

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The Ghost has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mulsanne (111 vs. 106).

The Ghost has .5 inches more front headroom, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room and .9 inches more rear headroom than the Mulsanne.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghost has a much larger trunk than the Mulsanne (17.3 vs. 15.6 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghost’s available trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Ghost to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Standard Rolls-Royce Connect for the Ghost allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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