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2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 9, 2020

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T. Banerjee

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When it comes to high-end luxury sedan the only name that strikes our mind is the Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce is an epitome of luxury, class and pure aesthetics in the world of cars. Imagine if Rolls Royce made houses instead of cars they could have been the most advanced luxury homes in the world. But for now, what they make and install in their cars is even more superior to any luxurious than a 7-star suite. Rolls Royce is a car brand that has attained something close to perfection in the past 100 years.

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Pros

Powerful V12 engine

Plush interior

Bold styling

Superior ride quality

Cons

Poor fuel economy

Single engine option makes it sound dull

Lesser cargo space

What's New?

No new changes from last year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$311900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

402 cu.in.

horsepower

563 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

605 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

16.1/16.1

dimensions

wheelbase

129.7 in.

length

214.8 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

61 in.

curb weight

5445 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

111.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

14 cu ft.

payload capacity

970 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/18/14 mpg

highway range

392.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ unlimited

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost in Pure White color
Pure White

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Ratings

Features

9.5

Engine And Performance

8.9

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

9.5

Exterior

8.7

Safety

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Base

Base

power
563 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
14 combined

$311,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (6.6L 12cyl 8A) Starting at $311,900 MSRP (12/14/18) 563 hp @ 5250 rpm, 6.6 L, V-12, Premium unleaded
8-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


Rolls Royce makes exceptional masterpieces in the car industry. One such masterpiece is the Rolls Royce Ghost, a car that positions itself as the entry-level sedan of the Rolls Royce family. In spite of being an entry-level Rolls-Royce sedan, it delivers the most lavish experience and luxury that many high-end luxury cars even fail to provide. The word Ghost often refers to something which is dark or a spirit or something which exists but cannot be seen. Similarly, the Rolls Royce Ghost does not exist for normal eyes, it is an experience that needs eyes to be seen and admired. 

Launched in 2009 the Rolls Royce Ghost is a self-made personality that belongs to a rich family. The Rolls Royce Ghost is the most capable sedan in its segment except the other Rolls Royce. You need not expect us to repeat what a Rolls Royce sedan is capable of delivering. It is a masterpiece in any sense and if you ever dreamed of buying an ultra-luxury sedan, well it is the Ghost that needs worth the money. However, there is speculation about launching a Series 3 of the sedan to be launched in the second half of 2020.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost three quarter view
2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost rear three quarter view

9.5/10
Features

8.9/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.5/10
Interior

8.7/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Features

9.5/10

The 2020 Rolls Royce Ghost does not have any additional trim to select. It comes only with a series 2 badge. The 3 million dollar sedan though surprises one for not having more than a single trim, but we guess that translates to a more focused product and an entirely productive and performing product that does not require a second brother. However, you have two different options of wheelbase: the short-wheelbase (SWB) and the long-wheelbase(LWB) model.

Trim

2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Series ll 

MSRP (SWB)

$311,900

MSRP (LWB)

$349,000

Key Features

Premium Leather Interior

 

19-inch Wheels

 

Adaptive LED Headlights

 

Panoramic Sunroof

 

Satellite-guided Gearbox

 

Interior Air Filtration and Fragrance System

 

Air Suspension

 

10-Way Power-Adjustable Heated, Ventilated and Massaging Seats

 

Night-Vision

 

16-Speaker Bespoke Sound System

 

Rear-Seat Entertainment Screens

Which trim do we recommend?

Hence there are not any extra trim to select in the 2020 Rolls Royce you can always choose from the LWB or SWB depending upon your choice of the body. The short wheelbase and long-wheelbase both come with the same features. However, it is clearly understood that the LWB version will have more expanded interior space. 

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Engine and Performance

8.9/10

Inside the hood of this Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2 is a massive engine, a 6.6 L V12. That is a thunderous powerhouse which belts out around 563 bhp of power and an incredible 605 lb ft of torque. It gets the same engine which come with many race tracks ready cars. This V12 engine is the most refined in the car which claims to do a 0-60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost engine bay

Models

Rolls Royce Ghost Series ll

Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Mercedes-Benz Maybach S650

MSRP

$311,900

$244,600

$199,900

Engine

6.6L Twin Turbo V12

6.0L Turbocharged W12

6.0L Twin Turbo V12

Drivetrain RWD AWD RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power

563hp@5,250rpm

626hp@6,000rpm

621hp@5,500rpm

Torque

605lb-ft@1,500rpm

607lb-ft@2,000rpm

738lb-ft@2,300rpm

The engine comes embossed with a Rolls Royce badge and is mated to a 8 speed automatic transmission unit and along with a rear wheel drive unit. The rear wheel drive unit is more sophisticated and a bit superior than many other rear wheel drive units. The sedan gets latest innovation and technology in its engine that is the satellite aided gearbox which assist the drive by analyzing the roads through GPS and gives feedback to its engine and automatic transmission unit.

How does it accelerate?

he Rolls Royce Ghost produces such power figures that translate it into a performance sedan, undoubtedly it beats many fast car badged sedans in the industry. The car touches the figure of 0-60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds of time. Its surely surprising for a car that has no aerodynamic design and looks more like an SUV than a sedan from the front. Still what it manages to do is greatly appreciated.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost hits 0-60 mph in just 4.8 sec

Models

Rolls Royce Ghost Series ll

Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Mercedes -Benz Maybach S650

0-60 MPH

4.8 sec

4.2 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

12.7 sec

13.2 sec

Top Speed  155 MPH 207 MPH 205 MPH

Engine

6.6L Twin Turbo V12

6L Turbocharged W12

6L Twin Turbo V12

In competition it does lose with a marginal figure from the Mercedes Benz and the Bentley Flying Spur beats it with a great margin despite having a smaller displacement engine. However, it is not a car that you will buy to impress somebody with its speed and acceleration, the machismo of the looks is more than enough to impress anybody.

How does it break?

The Ghost Series 2 gets large sized brake callipers that measure to 16.1 inch brake rotors in the front and 15.8 inch rotors in the rear that brakes the vehicle with more power and confidence. The brakes offer great and unmatched performance in the braking area. 

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost brakes

Model

Rolls Royce Ghost Series ll

Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Mercedes -Benz Maybach S650

Brake Rotors Front

16.1"

15.9"

15.4"

Brake Rotors Rear

15.8"

13.2"

14.4"

Curb Weight

5490 lbs

5456 lbs

5296 lbs

60-0 MPH

107 ft

167 ft

163 ft

The vehicle even at high speeds does not give jerks. Even on gently applying the brakes the brake works actively. The huge dimensions of the brake rotors in all the wheels help you bring the vehicle into a complete halt from 60-0 in just 107 ft of distance.

Does it offer great Ride and Handling ?

To be precise all the Rolls Royce come with the best ride and handling capabilities. The Rolls Royce Ghost is an ecstasy for handling and ride stability. A Rolls Royce Ghost is not meant to be driven on potholes and rough roads but that does not mean it cannot drive on bad road conditions. The superior quality air and hydraulic suspension stops even the smallest of undulations to reach the cabin of the sedan. The precise and ultra responsive steering feels more connected while driving and provides a stable drive on roads. 

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost handling

The powerful V12 engine is ferocious and powerful enough to pull the 6000 Pound plus vehicle on any terrain. There is no power lag and the automatic gears shift very actively and precisely depending upon road and speed conditions.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The Rolls Royce comes with a 6.6 L V12 engine which is heavily thirsty. It will drive upto 12 miles per gallon in city drive conditions and 18 miles per gallon on highways. However, it is not a costly affair for those who own a Rolls Royce Ghost to fill its tank. 

Model

Rolls Royce Ghost Series ll

Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Mercedes-Benz Maybach S650

MPG (City)

12

12

13

MPG (Highway)

19

20

21

MPG (Combined)

14

14

16

Fuel Capacity 21.8 gallons 24.0 gallons 21.1 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 262/392/305 miles 288/480/336 miles 274/443/337 miles
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr) N/A N/A N/A

The competition lineup also does not offer any better figures. Perhaps the shy MPG figures of these ultra-luxury sedan translate to the fact that soon they will be replaced with highly efficient electric driven motors in the future.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Interior

9.5/10

It's repetitive to say again and again that it has the most luxurious interior, you know the richness and quality of interior Rolls Royce offers. Even if you aren’t that lucky to have driven a Rolls Royce any day then also you know the fact that it is a really amazing experience to sit inside the cabin of the Rolls Royce Ghost. We won't finish with these words to explain the Interior of a car that costs above 3 grand. It's a massive ballroom, a fusion of luxury and technology. 

The interior looks armored with plush leather material everywhere, and the interior elements including switches, knobs, handles and every small piece of comfort uses the finest material. Once you eye into the dashboard it smiles back on you with a bold face. The fit and finish of the interior shows the sacrifice of the designer who built this masterpiece. The best thing about this masterpiece is that you can curate it with your own elemental design and customization options are readily available, for example the 30 colors options in leathers.

How is the comfort inside the sedan?

The Rolls Royce Ghost is a mighty monster. A car that is sold around the world and is respected for the comfort and luxury everywhere. It is an ultra luxury sedan that interprets itself for being highly comfortable and capacious on the inside. The sedan seats 5 people inside it. Legroom, headroom and kneeroom are little less than a limousine in the LWB version. 

2020 Rolls Royce Ghost dashboard

Model

Rolls Royce Ghost Series ll

Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Mercedes-Benz Maybach S650

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.6/59.4/41.7

38.1/61.6/41.6

42.3/59.7/41.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/55.8/45.3

38/60.4/42.2

37.9/58.7/40

The seats come with unmatched quality and comfort. The short wheelbase also offers great space and comfort inside. The premium leather wrapped seats come embossed with a big Rolls Royce logo. The seats are bulky and wide and install comfort features and entertainment inside them. At the back the rear armrests is installed with hidden features such as storage boxes, cup holders, and a multimedia and other function control knob.

What are the Infotainment features inside the car?

The infotainment of the Rolls Royce Ghost is powered by a lot of advanced and innovative class leading features, that are still a mystery for many car manufacturers. The sedan’s infotainment system is powered by a BMW idrive infotainment system. The infotainment is loaded with a lot of fantastic features, and a lot of creative new ideas.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost has 10.25 inch focal touchscreen infotainment system
  • 10.25 Inch focal touchscreen
  • Infotainment touchpad
  • Crystal rotary controller
  • Rear high resolution screens
  • 16 speaker bespoke sound system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Satellite radio and navigation

Is there enough cargo space?

The cargo space in the Rolls Royce Ghost does not impress you quite well but it does have enough proportions to store a good amount of cargo. The cargo space behind the rear seat is designed in a manner which does not allow you to keep many things disturbing the ambience and comfort features. And nor is anyone going to utilise the space for keeping such cargo or bags. You have an impressive trunk at the rear to keep things and enjoy the ride.

Model

Rolls Royce Ghost Series ll

Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Mercedes -Benz Maybach S650

Cargo Capacity

17.3 cu.ft.

16.7 cu.ft.

12.3 cu.ft.

However, it is quite surprising that in spite of having a good trunk volume the proportions of the car and the overall dimension make it look bleak and small. Surprisingly the fact that it has 17.3 cu-ft of space at the rear to store cargo, is one of the best in its segment. Other spaces that add convenience as make your ride comfortable are bottle and cup holders, bins and pockets in the seats, glove boxes, champagne storage boxes and other spaces.

What are the Interior Comfort features inside a Rolls Royce Ghost?

  • Three zone climate control
  • Cup holders
  • Power windows
  • Ambient lighting
  • Umbrella Holder in the door
  • Power Adjustable ventilated seats with lumbar power support
  • Champagne Chiller
  • Cool glove boxes
  • Picnic table
  • Front Massage Seats
  • Ash tray
  • Theatre Rear Sitting
  • Lighter
  • Compass
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Night Vision camera
  • Head up display
  • Bespoke clock
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Interior

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Exterior

8.7/10

The Rolls Royce Ghost series 2 looks quite different and upgraded from the series 1 in terms of look which was upgraded more than a few years back. But the series 2 has maintained the same design and front to maintain its signature style. It's one of the heaviest looking sedans in the world. The word heavy won't be specific for its looks rather it's a tall, bold and smart sedan that has a royal upbringing. The Rolls character of the sedan entices anyone with those humongous grille and the spirit of ecstasy logo that governs the entire sedan is placed above the grille that pops out of the cowl. 

2020 Rolls Royce Ghost three quarter view

Model

Rolls Royce Ghost Series ll

Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Mercedes-Benz Maybach S650

Curb Weight

5490 lbs

5456 lbs

5296 lbs

Length

212.6"

208.6"

214.7"

Width

76.7"

77.8"

74.8"

Height

61"

58.6"

58.7"

Ground Clearance

5.9"

5.6"

4.3"

Wheelbase

134.7"

120.7"

132.5"

The Rolls Royce Ghost comes with an advanced lighting setup that intelligently lights the path ahead of you with those LED beams. The sedan looks boxy and tall and has a great amount of ground clearance. The boxy design of the sedan marks its royal presence and the lengthy bonnet which hides the v12 powerhouse inside is covered by a tapered chrome channel beam. At the sides the lines on the body and doors run to the rear of the sedan providing it an impressively aggressive look. The coach doors open up wide and large to make easy access inside the seda,. The 5.5 metre lengthy sedan gets huge 21 inch 5 spoke chrome alloy wheels which give it a royal appearance.

What are the exterior features on offer?

The exterior gets a lot of featured elements that adds to its overall styling and character.

  • Jet Intake grilles
  • Optional 19’ and 21’ inch 5 spoke chrome alloy wheels with 9 style options
  • Spirit of ecstasy logo with gold plated option
  • LED DRLs with Anti Glare 
  • Tapered chrome chanel
  • LED blinkers
  • Run flat tyres
  • Rolls Royce monogram
  • Chrome door handles
  • Coach doors
  • 73 color body options
  • LED Taillight
  • Shark Fin antenna
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior
2020 Rolls Royce Ghost Sedan Exterior

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Safety

8.0/10

The Rolls Royce Ghost is the safest Sedan in its segment. It gets a lot of class-leading safety features and scores a 5-star crash test score from IIHS and NHTSA.

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Side Collision Beams
  • Low Tire Pressure Alerts
  • Back-up Camera
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera
  • Night Vision Assist
  • Rolls Royce Emergency Assist SOS
  • Front and Back Parking Sensors
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

With all these safety features, the Rolls Royce Ghost increases your confidence to ride one with any hassle.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Competition

Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2 Vs Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

The Flying Spur has always served as a healthy rival for the Ghost. This Bentley Sedan cost half a grand less than the Ghost and is a bit more powerful and fast on straight roads. It also offers the same mileage figure and ride and handling characteristics as of the Ghost. It also offers the best of the cabin features and technology but the quality of the material and fit and finish is no match with the Rolls Royce. The ultimate competition among both of them is over the price and the power where the Flying Spur beats the Ghost over a good margin.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur W12 S

Rolls Royce Ghost Series 2 Vs Mercedes Maybach S650

Mercedes does not lack behind in the race of ultra-luxury sedan, but it is surely not anything that makes something as a masterpiece of a Rolls Royce. The Mercedes Maybach is one of the finest luxury sedans in the US that comes under 2 grand price mark. This also happens to be the priciest and costliest Mercedes sedan in the market. The sedan comes attached with a powerful V12 engine that lays down the same power figures in the real world as the Ghost. It is economically better and more efficient than the Rolls Royce. But it lacks the comfort, luxury, and class that a Rolls Royce offers. Above all the spirit if ecstasy is what cost the extra price. However, to your surprise the Rolls Royce Ghost is also based on the BMW 7 series.

2020 Mercedes Maybach S650

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Final Verdict

The Final Verdict measures a lot of things to come to a conclusion before making the original purchase of buying a car. The Rolls Royce Ghost is a dream for many to be bought and is the most entry level Sedan of its family. It possesses great strength and capabilities. The 3 grand of money one is willing to spend over this sedan does worth a lot for it similarly delivers the same technology, ecstasy and class. However the competitors do come a lot less expensive and offer almost similar comfort and performance but what matters over price is that you will own a Rolls Royce and that is worth everything.

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