2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom vs. 2018 Bentley Flying Spur

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2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom

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Safety

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

The Phantom has standard power remote child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors (the driver can activate them and deactivate them from the front seat). The Flying Spur doesn’t offer child safety locks.

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

The Phantom has a standard Light Braking Function, which uses 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 Flying Spur doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Phantom has standard PostCrash, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Flying Spur 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 standard on the Phantom 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 and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Phantom’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Phantom has a standard Panoramic View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Flying Spur 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 Phantom’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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Phantom’s 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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Phantom’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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Phantom has standard Rolls Royce Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Flying Spur 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 Phantom and the Flying Spur have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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

The Phantom’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Flying Spur’s (4 vs. 3 years).

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Phantom 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 Flying Spur.

Engine

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The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 63 more horsepower (563 vs. 500) and 177 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 487) than the Flying Spur V8’s standard 4.0 turbo V8. The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 42 more horsepower (563 vs. 521) and 162 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 502) than the Flying Spur V8 S’ standard 4.0 turbo V8. The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 590) than the Flying Spur W12’s standard 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. The Phantom’s 6.8 turbo V12 produces 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 605) than the Flying Spur W12 S’ standard 6.0 turbo 12 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Rolls-Royce Phantom uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Flying Spur requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Rolls-Royce Phantom higher (3 out of 10) than the Bentley Flying Spur (1 to 3). This means the Phantom produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Flying Spur every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Phantom’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Flying Spur (285/45R21 vs. 275/45R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Phantom has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Flying Spur. The Phantom’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Flying Spur.

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Phantom can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Phantom 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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Phantom 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 Flying Spur.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Phantom’s wheelbase is 19.1 inches longer than on the Flying Spur (139.8 inches vs. 120.7 inches). The Phantom EWB’s wheelbase is 27.8 inches longer than on the Flying Spur (148.5 inches vs. 120.7 inches).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Phantom a Large car, while the Flying Spur is rated a Mid-size.

The Phantom has 14 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Flying Spur (116 vs. 102).

Cargo Capacity

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The Phantom has a much larger trunk than the Flying Spur (19 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Phantom to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Bentley doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Flying Spur.

Ergonomics

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The Phantom has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

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

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Phantom has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Phantom also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Phantom’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Flying Spur’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The Phantom has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Flying Spur.

Standard Rolls-Royce Connect for the Phantom 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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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