Rolls Royce Ghost and the Bentley Mulsanne face to face to determine the ultimate luxury car in India. Both these cars are brought by people who have lots of wealth to spare plus also ones who demand exclusivity from the run of the mill people buying the Mercedes S-class, BMW 7 series or even the Audi A8. Well, Maybachs don’t count since there are rarely more than 2 Maybachs sold in a year while for the Rolls Royce and Bentley cars, its more in the regions of 5-8. So, they are worth mentioning here. While at the Surat Auto Show, we distinctly remember the patron at the Bentley stall telling us that Bentley cars are brought in more by the enthusiasts who prefer to drive rather than being driven. One more logic that was driven into was that whenever a patron driving up in a Bentley reaches a prestigious hotel, then the valet always ensures that the driver’s door is opened first instead of the passenger seat in which most of the Rolls Royce customers seat their derriere. So, now, its luxury versus luxury. Which one emerges victorious, to find out more, read on. Looks In the looks department, both are bricks with a lower center of gravity attached to them. Both are almost equals and a few changes here and there would actually make one look like the other. Infact, we think that the Bentley has more character than the Rolls. So much so that its twin barreled head lamps with their all LED configuration and the day time running pilot lamps to the right look like they are all American muscle. Did we forget to tell you that these cars are British in origin? One look at the grille of the Bentley Mulsanne in India and you would believe that this is a Jaguar. Yes, the very rectangular grille found in Jaguars is present in this car. Bentley are currently managed and owned by the Volkswagen Group. So its not Britain vs Britain as also Germany vs Germany. Germany vs Germany because even Rolls Royce is owned by a German and that is BMW. However needless to say, the Rolls Royce has maintained its British character whereas the Bentley hasn’t. It has turned more American as also German in its approach to the car market. The Rolls Royce Ghost in India looks more like an old world car with some modern cues embedded in it. Modern as in the day time running LEDs. The oodles of chrome on the grille however jolt one back into reality saying that this is an old design car. Both the cars come standard with 19 inch wheels which are upgradeable to 20 inchers. The alloys on the Bentley look better than the ones on the Rolls Royce. From the side profile, its pretty much the same and both the cars have coupe like slanting rooflines. The rear in the meanwhile is replete with full LED lights for both these cars from which the one in the Bentley feels more modern. It’s the Bentley which won a unanimous decision out here on the styling front. The Rolls Royce Ghost wasn’t even considered as anywhere close to the Bentley. Interiors Starting from the doors, the difference in the interiors of the cars are evident. The Bentley’s door open in the traditional way while the Rolls Royce Ghost in India employs the suicide doors technique. This means that even though ingress in both the cars is very easy, one has to close the doors on the Rolls Royce via an electric switch near the top of the roof from inside. One thing is common in both the cars and that is first rate interiors. Even the ones from their parent company’s flagship namely Volkswagen and BMW, don’t have such beautiful and lavish interiors. The trim on the interiors of the Bentley Mulsanne in India more like the ones found in high end Porsche and Ferrari cars. Everything is hand made in both the cars right upto the cup holders to the bull hide leather which wraps up the entire upholstery of the Bentley. The rich walnut beige color of the interiors mean that they wouldn’t be spoilt easily. There are too many electronic gizmos to play around with, but like the ones found in the BMW 7 series or the Audi A8, these are all highly functional and can be used on a day to day basis. Even the flooring in the Bentley is built by the same leather which adorns the upholstery. Laptop tables flip out from the backrest of the front seats and they even double up as dinner tables. The best part is that the pedals also are shaped in the design of the flying B logo. Two large and clearly legible instrument clusters make their presence felt in this cabin along with a multi information display in the middle, typical Volkswagen style. The steering wheel is also wrapped in the same leather coating and features multi functions. Pull out the cup holders and they have a chunky feeling and even in the not so obvious to touch areas, the same material is used. Now you know where all the money that you are being charged went into. As for space, there is no dearth of it in the front or back seats. Cut to the Rolls Royce then and though everything used is of the highest quality that you would ever find, the Rolls cabin doesn’t feel as special as the one in the Bentley. More of the dark wood used for the central console detracts one from the feeling of luxury, especially so, after one has shifted from the cabin of the Bentley. There are many gizmos like in the Bentley to play around with and everything here has been also hand made. However the meter dials of the Rolls are truly retro and even after completing more than 50 years in making these type of cars, Rolls Royce persist in not giving the Ghost with a tachometer and still make do with a power reserve gauge. The Ghost, belying its 75 cm advantage over the overall length of the Bentley doesn’t offer anymore significant space. Both the cars are said to be 4 seaters however squeezing in a 5th passenger wouldn’t be a problem in either. Well, all said and done, a person buying this category of vehicle would obviously have 3-4 back up cars and there wouldn’t be any need to stuff in people in this car. Also the boot is more of less same for both the cars and both the cars here feature an electrically opening boot. Both the cabins are hard to fault however if you are a fan of retro stuff, then look no further than the Rolls Royce however if you are more to the modern side, then the Bentley is the one to go for. That said, whichever interiors you choose, you wouldn’t regret it.