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Bentley Continental vs BMW i Series

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Bentley Continental
Bentley Continental

2023 price

BMW i Series
BMW i Series

$69,990 - $197,900

2023 price


2023 Bentley Continental
2023 BMW i Series
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Twin Turbo V8, 4.0L

Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded Petrol

Fuel Efficiency
11.1L/100km (combined)

0.0L/100km (combined)

  • A thirst for petrol
  • A surprising amount of options
  • Too many optional safety features

  • Very expensive
  • Unrefined power delivery
  • No front trunk
2023 Bentley Continental Summary

Bentley has been building cars for more than 100 years, but the famous British brand was re-born 20 years ago when it launched the Continental GT.

The sporty coupe and convertible reinvigorated the brand, returning it to its former glory days when it made cars that were dynamic and not just big and luxurious.

Now onto its third generation, the Continental GT has not only helped Bentley re-establish itself but also become a modern motoring icon.

Which is what the company wanted, an iconic model, like the Porsche 911 that could be a flagbearer for the brand.

Like the 911, this latest iteration is available in multiple forms, and we’re testing the Continental GT S Convertible, a two-door, four-seat grand tourer - with an emphasis on the ‘grand’.

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2023 BMW i Series Summary

Electric cars might be synonymous with Tesla right now, but as the world begins to ween itself off petrol and diesel, you can bet other car brands will be vying for the spotlight.

BMW is no stranger to the electric market with its i3 hatchback having first launched back in 2014, but with buyers shifting away from passenger cars to SUVs, that quirky model never really managed to find a substantial audience.

Enter BMW’s second-generation of EVs, then, which includes the i4 sedan, iX3 mid-size SUV and flagship iX.

And it is the latter that we’re testing here to see if BMW has done enough to shift the limelight away from Tesla and its Model X.

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