2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost

MSRP $311,900

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2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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If you're looking for the ultimate luxury experience, Rolls-Royce is the brand to beat. Being the entry-level model in the lineup, the Ghost manages to offer the essence of Rolls-Royce albeit in a more compact and relatively affordable package. Based on the same platform as the BMW 7-Series sedan, the Ghost also shares several components with it. But this doesn't mean the Ghost is compromised in any way since even the presidential suite of a five-star hotel gets shy from the ambiance of the cabin, fine design of the exterior, and amenities inside out. 

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Pros

Smooth and refined ride

Spacious and opulent cabin

Timeless and elegant design

Powerful V-12 engine

Cons

Limited feature list for the price

The ride can get bouncy on occasion

Uninspiring handling at the limit

Significantly more expensive than competitors

What's New?

Limited production Zenith model

New dark-brushed metal finish in the cabin 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$311900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

402 cu.in.

horsepower

563 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

605 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

16.1/15.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

129.7 in.

length

212.6 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

61 in.

curb weight

5445 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

111.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

17.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

970 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/14/18 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$311,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost in Pure White color
Pure White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

8.9

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

9.5

Exterior

8.7

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


To waft along in comfort, the new Rolls-Royce Ghost employs a massive V12 engine that's tuned for refinement and effortless acceleration. Since the series II launched in 2014, the Ghost has remained mostly unchanged for the most part. But, several spy shots have surfaced of the next-generation model which is expected to launch as the 2021 model year. Among the handful of options that are up against the Rolls-Royce Ghost are the Bentley Flying Spur, BMW 7-Series, and Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.


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

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Features

9.5/10

The 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost is available in three trim levels including the sporty Black Label model. Starting with the base model, the standard feature list includes adaptive LED headlights, power-closing rear doors, air suspension, full leather upholstery, climate-controlled front seats with massaging function, panoramic sunroof, and more. If you plan on being chauffeured around in even more comfort, the Extended wheelbase model will be right up your alley with a 7-inch longer wheelbase, massaging rear seats, and an upgraded infotainment system. 

If for some reason, you want a sportier experience and decide to get behind the wheel once in a while, the Black Badge model increases overall performance with a returned engine, special steering, and suspension tuning, and black trims inside and out including a dark chrome spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. And since there will be a new generation of the Rolls-Royce Ghost from 2021, as a gesture of send-off, the limited production Zenith trim is on the offer as well. 

Power-adjustable and massaging front seats

Trim

Ghost

Ghost Extended Wheelbase

Black Badge

MSRP (RWD)

$315,000

$349,000

$352,500

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Key Features

Adaptive LED headlights

In addition to or replaces

Base trim features with:

In addition to or replaces

Base trim features with:

 

Panoramic sunroof

Massaging rear seats

Retuned V-12 engine

 

Air suspension

Upgraded infotainment features

Carbon fiber composite wheels

 

Auto-closing rear doors

 

Dark chrome exterior trims

     

Upgraded steering wheel

 

10.3-inch infotainment system

 

Retuned suspension setup

 

Full leather upholstery on seats, doors, instrument panel, and center console

   

Driver assistance 3 ($7,825) - Includes a head-up display, high-beam assistance, lane departure warning, night vision, and adaptive cruise control. Dynamic Package ($15,150) - Includes chromed exhaust pipes, thicker steering wheel, alternate gearbox tuning, and handling characteristics. Comfort and Entertainment Package - Includes a rear theatre configuration with two 9.2-inch tilt monitors, picnic tables, a comfort entry system, and front massage seats. Ultimate Touring Package - Includes a 2-tone steering wheel, front ventilated seats, 21-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, driver assistance 3 package, head-up display, lane departure warning, high-beam assistance, and more. Rolls-Royce Signature Package - RR Monogram on all headrests, shooting star headliner, Rolls-Royce bespoke audio system with 18 active channels and 1300 Watt output, lambswool floor mats, and more.

Which trim should you buy?

If you're putting down enough cash to get a Rolls-Royce, it's better to go all out and opt for the extended wheelbase model to get the definitive luxury experience. You also get plenty of personalization options to make your Ghost stand out and tailor it to your tastes. As a bonus, you also get massaging rear seats as standard.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Engine and Performance

8.9/10

The first thing that comes to mind when speaking of V12 engines is their performance. But Rolls-Royce decided to plonk in a mighty V12 mostly because of its refinement and balance. Mind you, the performance is also impressive, and the twin-turbocharged 6.6L engine belts out 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque on the standard models. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox that uses GPS data to anticipate road conditions and shift accurately.

Put your foot down and the unique "power reserve" gauge drops down just as quickly as the Ghost accelerates. The Ghost wafts along at triple-digit speeds with ease and eventually hits a governor limited top speed of 155 MPH. The powertrain is tuned for refinement over performance, and the Ghost takes 4.7 seconds to reach 60 MPH. Quarter mile time stands at 13 seconds. That said, the Black Badge model will bump the figures up to 603 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque, and also includes some performance upgrades to handle the extra grunt.

Models

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 BMW M760i xDrive

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650

MSRP

$315,000

$214,600

$157,700

$202,550

Engine

6.6-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-12

6.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged W-12

6.6-liter Twin-Power Turbocharged V-12

6.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged V-12

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

563 @ 5,250

626 @ 6,000

600 @ 5,500

621 @ 4,800

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

605 @ 1,500

664 @ 1,350

627 @ 1,550

738 @ 2,300

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.7

3.7

3.6

3.9

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13

11.7

11.7

12.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

207

190

155

To move these luxury barges, all sedans in the competition are powered by massive 12-cylinder engines producing well over 500 hp. But there are differences in the way they’re tuned. While the Bentley Flying Spur and BMW M760i concentrate more on performance and handling with all-wheel-drive and better power output, the Mercedes-Maybach S650 and Rolls-Royce Ghost focus on refinement, and they are at a performance deficit compared to the former. Meanwhile, it is the opponent from the BMW which crosses the 0-60 mph mark in just 3.4 seconds and lets others taste the dust. 

How well does the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost handle?

Although straight-line performance is impressive, the dynamics take a turn for the worse as soon as you hit a set of twisties. But then again, the Ghost was never meant to set a lap record at the Nurburgring. Its main objective is to transport passengers in comfort, and all the components including the refined powertrain, air suspension, and more achieve just that. But, the ride quality is not as good as the flagship Phantom, as some imperfections can filter through to the cabin. 

Like its handling, the steering is light and effortless to use with minimal feedback. Unlike some of its competitors, the Ghost gets a rear-wheel-drive setup, which can cause issues in slippery conditions. The sportier Black Badge model gets different suspension and steering tunes for a more engaging drive.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Braking Performance

Rolls-Royce has equipped the Ghost with massive brakes at both ends to compensate for the heavy curb weight. Like the rest of the car, braking performance is smooth yet sharp when the situation requires it. The system also works well with GPS-based transmission, adapting to the terrain and other conditions. It covered a distance of 111 feet before coming to a stop from 60 mph. 

Models

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 BMW M760i xDrive

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

16.1

16.5

14.7

15.4

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

15.8

15.0

14.5

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

5490

5373

5159

5280

60-0 MPH (feet)

111

NA

109

114

To compensate for their heavy curb weights, all manufacturers have provided massive braking hardware. Being the most performance-focused and lightest of the bunch, the BMW 760i is the best performer here despite the smallest hardware, followed by the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur. The Maybach S650 takes the last spot.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Fuel Economy

4.0/10

While efficiency is not the highest priority among ultra-luxury options like the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost, a higher range does mean lesser fuel stops. With a highway figure of 18 MPG, the Ghost gets a range of nearly 400 miles. In the city, the Ghost can run 12 miles per gallon, and ultimately a combined fuel economy of 14 MPG is what you get. Meanwhile, with a fuel tank capacity of 21.8 gallons, the Ghost provides a combined range of 305 miles which is the least range in the segment. 

Models

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 BMW M760i xDrive

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650

MPG (City)

12

12

13

13

MPG (Highway)

18

19

20

21

MPG (Combined)

14

15

16

16

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.8

23.8

20.6

21.1

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

262/392/305

286/452/357

268/412/330

274/443/338

Surprisingly, it's the Maybach S650 that returns the highest efficiency figures despite the high power output, followed closely by the BMW M760i. Both the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur share the third spot. The biggest fuel tank is also offered on the rival from the Bentley whereas the smallest one is given on the Mercedes-Maybach. 

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Interior

9.5/10

As you would expect from a Rolls-Royce, the interiors are as magnificent and comfortable as the price tag suggests. High-quality leather covers most of the interior from the seats to the instrument panel. The hand-crafted panels and fixtures also look and feel exceptional. While the front seats offer plenty of support and comfort, the back seats are where customers will spend most of their time. Features like soft closing automatic rear-hinged doors, a panoramic sunroof, and more are standard. The quality of materials used is also exceptional with uniquely designed leather and wooden trims. The overall layout is simple and elegant with a rotary knob in the middle controlling the infotainment system, and the climate controls above it. 

Audio system shortcuts are also neatly placed below the air vents. But, by far, the biggest party piece is the central display which can be hidden beneath a panel if required, giving the dashboard a seamless and elegant look. Furthermore, heated seats, four-zone automatic climate control, power tilt/telescoping steering column, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and three 12v outlets are some standard cabin features. Additionally, Rolls-Royce also offers plenty of options, the most notable of which is the roof that uses 1340 fiber-optic lights to mimic shooting stars and the night sky. However, all this technology and comfort does limit cargo to just 17.3 cubic feet, especially if you opt for the champagne cooler behind the rear seats. Opting for the Black Badge model also switches out the wood panels for carbon fiber, and gives the cabin a darker theme.

Models

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 BMW M760i xDrive

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.6/59.4/41.7

37.4/NA/42.0

39.9/59.2/41.4

39.7/59.7/41.4

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.0/55.8/42.3

37/NA/43.0

38.9/57.7/44.4

37.9/58.7/40.0

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

17.3

14.8

18.2

17.6

Being the biggest of the four, the Mercedes-Maybach S650 offers more shoulder room than the rest. But, opting for the Rolls-Royce Ghost extended-wheelbase model will turn the tides. Both the Bentley Flying Spur and BMW M760i offer slightly decent space in comparison. But, in terms of cargo space, the Maybach S650 is less practical compared to the rest while the biggest trunk is given on the BMW M760i which increases its brownie points. Some notable interior features include:

  • Power-closing rear doors
  • Full leather seats
  • Climate controlled and massaging front seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote keyless entry with push-button start

What’s there to keep you entertained?

All models of the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost come with a 10.3-inch infotainment system that can be neatly hidden behind the dashboard when you want some solitude. Going with its relaxed theme, the system can only be controlled through a rotary dial on the center console. Like most modern luxury offerings, voice control is also included. Unfortunately, the system misses out on some important features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and instead, relies on built-in navigation with live data. 

For a sensory experience, all models can get an optional premium 18-speaker audio system with active noise cancellation to improve NVH levels instead of the standard 16-speaker audio system with two subwoofers. Customers can also opt for a rear theatre system that employs dual tiltable 9.2-inch displays for the rear passengers, and some other features like a heads-up display, Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. Going with its elegant theme, Rolls-Royce also includes a CD player to blast your tunes. Some notable infotainment features include:

  • 10.3-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • Rear theater system with dual 9.2-inch tilt displays
  • 16-speaker premium audio system
  • Built-in navigation with voice activation
  • In-dash single CD player with CD-MP3 decoder
  • Internal 12.5 GB hard drive

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Exterior

8.7/10

Ever since the original Rolls-Royce Phantom rolled off the assembly line more than a decade ago, all the following models shared the same design language with some small updates like LED headlights. And truth be told, it still looks elegant and manages to stand out among other luxury sedans. Being a Rolls-Royce, you also get plenty of customizable options to choose from. The Ghost also gets the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament finished in chrome. 

On the backside, dual stainless-steel exhaust compliments the athletic vibes of the Ghost. Opting for the Black Badge model adds a black chrome hood ornament and subtle black trims throughout the exterior. Furthermore, the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost runs on standard 19-inch alloy wheels which can be replaced with the 20-inch or 21-inch wheels. 

Models

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 BMW M760i xDrive

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650

Curb Weight (lbs)

5490

5373

5159

5280

Length (inches)

214.8

209.3

207.4

215.0

Width (inches)

76.7

77.9

74.9

74.8

Height (inches)

61.0

58.4

58.2

59.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

5.3

5.2

Wheelbase (inches)

129.7

125.8

126.4

132.5

Even with the standard model, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is considerably heavier and larger than the Bentley Flying Spur and BMW 760i. However, the curb weight scale will show 5666 lb, and the length will increase by 6.7 inches and the wheelbase will have extra 7-inches if you select the Extended Wheelbase variant. On the other hand, the Mercedes-Maybach S650 offers the longest wheelbase, which translates to more interior space, if compared with the standard Ghost trim. Some notable exterior features include:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Reverse opening rear doors
  • Programmable automatic LED headlights
  • Dual exhausts
  • Chrome spirit of ecstasy bonnet ornament
  • Power trunk 
  • Power heated auto-dimming side mirrors

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Safety

8.0/10

Because of its higher price tag, the Rolls-Royce Ghost along with most of its competitors haven't gone through any safety tests by the NHTSA or IIHS. But you do get forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, and more as standard. Dig into the options list, and you can equip the Ghost with features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights that follow the steering angle, a 360-degree parking camera system, and a night vision camera that can detect objects past the headlight’s range. Some notable safety features include:

  • Emergency SOS assistance
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Night vision camera system
  • High-beam assistance

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Competition

8.0/10

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs 2020 Bentley Flying Spur

Going up against one of the leaders in this category, the Rolls-Royce Ghost manages to edge out the Bentley Flying Spur in terms of opulence and comfort. But, the newly updated Flying Spur is the better performer of the two thanks to standard all-wheel-drive and more modern features. As its name suggests, the Flying Spur is the sportier option with a more powerful drivetrain and performance figures. Bentley’s unique W-12 engine design also sounds excellent when wrung hard. Although the upcoming model will surely match the Bentley Flying Spur, the current generation is let down in some key areas.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs 2020 BMW M760i

While it may not look it, the current generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is based on the same platform as the BMW 7 Series and both share at least 20% of components. But, the higher price gulf does bring a lot more comfort and class. Unlike the M760i that focuses on modern features and a sci-fi cabin, the Rolls-Royce Ghost takes an old-school approach with a graceful cabin that oozes elegance. Both models also share a similar powertrain. But, the BMW M760i is considerably quicker compared to the Ghost with more power output and a stiffer suspension setup. Overall, the Ghost continues to excel as a comfortable cruiser that can waft along in comfort, while the M760i is a better option if you prefer the driver’s seat once in a while for some fun.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs 2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650

One of the oldest rivals to the modern Rolls-Royce, the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S650 is the latest model to come out of the legendary Maybach brand. Based on the newest S-Class, the Maybach also gets plenty of modern features including a huge infotainment display and a feature list that overshadows the Rolls-Royce Ghost. You also get a lot more for the money with the Maybach including more performance and interior space right from the base model. The S650 however, ups the ante with more than 600 hp on tap. Overall, the Maybach appeals to the wallet, while the Ghost is for someone who prioritizes elegance and simplicity above all the modern technologies and features.

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Final Verdict

Like a true Rolls-Royce, you can also personalize the Ghost to your liking, choosing between several color and trim options. Combine the refined powertrain, opulent interiors, and elegant design, and the new Rolls-Royce Ghost remains unmatched when considering a luxury barge to waft along in. Small but significant features like the GPS-based gearbox and adaptive suspension together create a sublime luxury experience that remains unbeatable in this class. Although a new model is on the horizon, the current generation is still an excellent option if you want the best luxury sedan on this side of $400,000.

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