I’ve just spent a fascinating day driving the new Rolls-Royce Ghost. It was made even more fascinating because I’d spent the previous 24 hours driving a Rolls Phantom.
The new smaller, cheaper car is terrific. In fact, just as we discovered two months ago, the Ghost is a beautifully judged car. It's as well crafted and refined as you would and should expect from a Rolls-Royce.
Yet its pace and precision also endow it with a surprising amount of driver appeal - even if it’s far from a sporty saloon. And neither should it be, to be honest.
But what staggered me was just how different it feels to the Phantom. And those differences are apparent from the second you slide into the driver’s seat. You sit far lower in the Ghost, and far snugger too. Yes, you're still sitting higher than in most saloons, but it feels far more conventional than the Phantom’s imperious driving position - which still feels totally unique. As does its control layout. The Ghost’s cabin looks and feels exceptional but there are still myriad more buttons on display than in the bigger car.