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The Top Gear car review:Rolls-Royce Ghost
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
The Ghost’s (marginally) more driver-centric feel is immediately apparent when you get in the front. The dashboard is more conventional – if retaining the necessary level of polished materials and chrome inlays for a £200,000-plus car – but it’s lower and there are more switches and dials than in its Phantom relative.
Getting in the front does rob you of the experience of the rear-hinged ‘coach’ back doors, which make getting in the rear so special. There’s plenty of room, and the boot’s sizeable too, but if you’ve a Napoleon complex there’s an extended wheelbase version which gains 17cm over the standard car.
For the Ghost Series II, launched in 2014, Rolls fitted some new, more comfortable front seats and a suitably powerful stereo (which, as you’d expect, sounds ace). You’ll also find BMW’s iDrive infotainment rig, with a 10.25in central screen and a touchpad on the crystal rotary controller.
But if the mere presence of something so obviously borrowed from BMW insults your sensibilities, don’t worry, because you can hide the screen away with the press of a button. Radio stations, phone calls and so-on can instead be dealt with via the head-up display.
Quality? Excellent, obviously. That said, there are a few areas where you go to flip a switch or pull a lever, and you’re met with a lower quality plastic than you might want or expect in a Rolls-Royce. Most obvious is the gear selector, which doesn’t feel as solid or expensive as something that ultimately controls a large, V12 engine should.