2019 Bentley Continental GT Just when it seems the automotive trade has misplaced its manner with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a easy car emerges. For over 50 years, this automobile has been the 2019 Bentley Continental GT.
Typically derided by enthusiasts as home equipment, the no-frills commuter car gets the overwhelming majority of shoppers the place they wish to go in the method they wish to get there, safely and at a value. The 2019 Bentley Continental GT does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten a little nuts: the typical transaction price for a brand new automobile is greater than $37,000, according to Kelley Blue Book. Straightforward in charge the automakers in this era of no accountability but we are those paying those large costs for large vehicles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For slightly below $23,000, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT puts each dollar to functional use.
Regardless that it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball game. On closer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it seems to be more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that tried too arduous to be different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is more streamlined and less indignant, and the whole look is smoother front to back. However nonetheless, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Bentley Continental GT in the US is constructed on Toyota’s twenty years of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Whole output with the mounted ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system makes use of exhaust heat to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats faster, too, which might be significant for cold-weather consumers cautious of the cold vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical vehicle.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a shocking little bit of pop. Extra importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, identical as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with out a plug, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round city, with the electronically controlled brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Bentley Continental GT averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week around town. Setting EV mode helps preserve vitality beneath low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there is sufficient cost within the battery.
The battery is positioned under the rear seat, so you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a fair load ground. Rear seat room is sufficient enough to fit two teenagers, and overall it felt roomy enough for a family of four.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Security Sense 2.zero, with automated emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at highway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph right down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch contact display screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to remain aggressive.
Priced at only $three,000 greater than the 2019 Bentley Continental GT and $1,200 lower than a similarly geared up Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Bentley Continental GT is the peerlessly practical, remarkably reasonable around-town car.
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