The Bentley Bentayga may mark a whole new direction for the British brand, but its first SUV still looks very much like a Bentley; the strong rear haunch and the diamond grille on the nose are instantly recognisable.
Like the firm’s Flying Spur and Continental GT, the Bentayga takes full advantage of Bentley's ownership by the Volkswagen Group. Beneath the Bentayga's imposing looks is essentially the same platform that underpins Audi’s flagship SUV, the Q7.
Despite being an even larger car than the Q7, the Bentayga won't be available as a seven-seater from the outset, although it will be offered as an option further down the line, as will a hybrid powerplant. Bentley now offers a 4.0-litre V8 diesel and a petrol unit of the same size alongside the 6.0-litre W12 petrol launch engine, so performance is very much the order of the day.
Read on to see if the Bentayga justifies its huge premium over the Q7 and if it makes a better luxury SUV than the similarly priced Range Rover. And if you are tempted by the Bentayga, don't forget to check out our deals.