It’s probably best to start with what’s bad in the Phantom Coupé, as it won’t take long. There is too little rear leg and shoulder room, the iDrive-style control system (derived from BMW’s and developed too little from there) is a pain to operate, and the seat adjusters require too much time and attention to operate safely on the move. There’s also a surprising amount of wind noise at speed for a Rolls-Royce, and the boot should be a little larger.
There the complaints end. For all the inefficiencies in packaging, which mean the Rolls has less rear room than a typical D-segment saloon, those who do fit into the rear will find its seats sumptuous and the fittings exquisite.
Front-seat occupants will care not a jot either, because the driving or passenger experience is second to none, enjoyed in seats that are slightly more bolstered than the saloon’s. Otherwise the front-seat experience mimics the saloon’s and convertible’s.
The dashboard and other trim feels beautifully constructed, with a pleasing weight to all major controls. The stereo is quite possibly the finest-sounding system fitted as standard to any current road car, the heater controls look a little odd but work well, and the organ stops for the air vents work with silken precision.
The Phantom Coupé is a conspicuously large car to pilot, but forward visibility is helped by thin A-pillars and the front edge and corners are relatively easy to place by virtue of the Spirit of Ecstasy and some flattish sides.