The 2022 Rolls-Royce Phantom  justifies its price tag with the most luxurious cabin in autodom and the exclusivity that’s built into a half-million-dollar car. The outside may cast a familiar decades-old silhouette, but the Phantom’s interior is packed with modern conveniences and high-tech features to accompany its truly sumptuous environs.

A V-12 engine provides seemingly endless power, yet it purrs silently under the Phantom’s long hood so as not to disturb the interior’s restful ambience. Fine leathers, real wood, and genuine metal parts cover every square inch of the cabin, and those relegated to the rear seat can relax in utmost comfort, especially in the long-wheelbase Extended model.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Prodigious power is provided by a silken 563-hp twin-turbo V-12 paired with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Acceleration is brisk, but Rolls-Royce’s claimed 5.1-second zero-to-60-mph time isn’t anything you’d appreciate your chauffer trying to replicate. The Phantom is better suited for wafting along with delicate inputs to throttle and steering. To say that the ride is smooth would be an understatement—imagine being carried along on a fluffy cloud. The 2022 Rolls-Royce Phantom practically levitates over the road; it features a pothole-spotting camera that helps the suspension adapt to road imperfections in real-time. It’s a library-quiet, sensory-deprivation cocoon that makes you feel like part of the royal family.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

A Phantom owner’s conspicuous consumption is matched by the car’s penchant for consuming fuel. The EPA’s fuel-economy estimates run as low as 12-mpg city, although the Phantom’s 20-mpg highway rating actually bests the smaller Rolls-Royce Ghost’s by 2 mpg. If we ever are lucky enough to have a chance to put the Phantom through our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test, we’ll update this story with test results. For more information about the Phantom’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

An interior tailored for royals can get its own custom-artwork dash. Acres of wood, real metal accents, and vast expanses of supple leather cover the cabin. 2022 Rolls-Royce Phantom offers both a standard- and long-wheelbase version of the Phantom, the latter stretched by 8.6 inches, much of which results as additional rear-seat legroom. Rear-hinged coach doors open to allow graceful and dramatic arrivals and departures. Rear-seat passengers can be treated to myriad luxuries such as deep-pile carpeted floor mats, power-adjustable seats with massage, a refrigerated console compartment, and remote controls for the infotainment system.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Speaking of infotainment, the 2022 Rolls-Royce Phantom comes standard with a large infotainment display artfully hidden behind a glass panel that stretches the full width of the dashboard. It’s controlled via a rotary knob on the center console. Lest you think that rear-seat passengers are left out of the technology game, the Phantom also features touchscreens that motor down from each of the front seatbacks to provide access to the car’s audio and navigation systems, as well as a live-TV tuner so passengers won’t fall behind on their favorite shows while on the go.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2022 Rolls-Royce Phantom‘s dizzying array of optional tech includes night vision and a distinct laser-light system, but Rolls-Royce also offers more conventional driver-assistance features such as forward-collision and lane-departure warnings as standard. For more information about the Phantom’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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