The Bentley Bentayga might 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 both instantly recognisable.
Like the firm’s Flying Spur and Continental, the Bentayga takes full advantage of the VW Group’s ownership of the British firm. Beneath its 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 later. So will a hybrid powerplant - Bentley offered a 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine for starters, and later added a 4.0 V8 diesel, so performance is very much the order of the day.
Read on to see if the Bentayga justifies its huge premium over the Audi Q7, and if it makes a better luxury SUV than the more similarly priced Range Rover.