Bentley Bentayga review

Category: Luxury SUV

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Available fuel types:petrol
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Introduction

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The Bentley Bentayga marked a whole new direction for the prestigious British brand, as its first ever SUV. When it first arrived, it was a trailblazer for high-end luxury SUVs and was virtually unchallenged at its price point.

Since then, competition has hotted up with cars like the performance-focused Aston Martin DBX and ultra luxurious Rolls-Royce Cullinan following in the Bentayga's wake. But it doesn't just face rivalry from above; there's no shortage of luxury SUVs that cost far less than the Bentley, such as the Audi Q7, BMW X7 and Range Rover

To help fend off these rivals, the Bentayga was treated to a wide-ranging update in 2020, because although it was the fastest selling Bentley of all time, the public’s reaction to the car's looks at launch was, shall we say, rather mixed. 

To rectify this, Bentley tweaked the exterior to bring it in line with the current generation Continental GT and Flying Spur saloon, so you’ll notice that the latest Bentayga wears a larger and more upright grille, elliptical front and rear lights, a larger rear wing and a more aggressive stance – the bodywork and wide rear track (the distance between the left and right wheels) allow the car's 21-inch wheels (22s are optional) to more fully fill the wheel arches. 

Underneath all that new dressing, though, the recipe was much the same as ever. The chassis is still based on Audi’s flagship SUV’s, while under the bonnet lays Bentley’s familiar 542bhp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine. In time, a range-topping 6.0-litre W12 Speed model will arrive, followed by the tech-laden V6 plug-in hybrid. To no one's surprise, the discontinued V8 diesel won’t be making a return. 

So, does the Bentayga still have what it takes to stand out in an increasingly competitive class? That's what we'll be exploring over the next few pages. And if your interest is piqued, even if you can't quite stretch to the Bentayga, head over to see how much you could save on a new SUV with our New Car Buying service.

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Number of trims3 see more
Available fuel typespetrol
MPG range across all versions21.2 - 21.2
Avaliable doors options5

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