Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the ultimate in luxury excess. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Phantom car range. 

Background

The Phantom is one of the world’s greatest luxury cars. Deliciously over-the-top but charming in every way, it's been the pinnacle of the Rolls-Royce range since launch in 2003. It started out life as a four-door limousine, in standard and Extended Wheelbase trims, and went on to spawn the Phantom Drophead Coupe in 2007 and the Phantom Coupe in 2008. The Rolls Phantom is now on run-out and will be replaced by a new, aluminium-based limo range in 2018. For more information on the Rolls-Royce Phantom, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

It’s not appropriate to judge the Phantom by the same standards as other luxury cars. Cost, fuel economy and depreciation probably don’t figure highly in Phantom owners’ buying criteria, but quality, refinement and occasion will. And the outrageously expensive Rolls flagship has those qualities in abundance. This is a huge car, at 5842mm long in limousine four-door spec and a breathe-in-will-it-fit 1990mm wide. And as soon as you open the heavy, well-oiled door and slide into the luxury driver's seat, you'll realise you sit high up - dwaring most other cars on the roads, with something of an SUV stance. The craftsmanship and materials used are, frankly, astonishing. This car feels worth every one of those quarter of a million pounds, with a luxury vibe you simply won't find anywhere else (although its arch-rivals over in Crewe at Bentley HQ are a match in many aspects). The Phantom is best sampled in the rear seats, accessed through clever suicide, sorry, 'Coach' doors. They're rear-hinged and allow easy access to multi-adjustable back pews, with electric footrests, the deepest shag pile your toes will ever feel and an amazing star-lit LED rooflining. This is luxury motoring at its finest. Just watch out decade-old, ancient electronics which deny this fabulous cars niceties such as keyless entry, head-up displays and up-to-date infotainment systems.

The one we’d buy

The imperious four-door for city slickers, the Phantom Drophead Coupe for ocean-going boulevardiers

The one we’d avoid like the plague

Really? Are you serious?

Rivals to consider

Bentley Mulsanne, Range Rover (though you'll probably have one as well), the Rolls Ghost little brother range

For

Serene ride, whispering refinement, the sheer craftsmanship of it - and an amazing sense of occasion

Against

Vast price, and dimensions to match. Electronics now outmoded

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