Bentley Bentayga review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

It’s no surprise that Bentley’s self-proclaimed ‘ultimate SUV’ costs a lot to buy, but then again, so do its rivals. Although the Bentayga is based on the Audi Q7, buying a Bentley also brings with it a number of personalisation options, allowing you to create your own completely bespoke, blank-cheque specification. 

That said, if you just want to ‘settle for' the standard specification, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. The list includes (but is not limited to): auto wipers, heated steering wheel, a panoramic roof, four-zone climate control and the 10.9in infotainment system. Azure introduces 22in alloys, ambient lighting, sports pedals. The V8 S adds a sports exhaust and black exterior highlights.

The Hybrid version's running costs are more palatable, with an official CO2 output of just over 80g/km and an official fuel economy figure of more than 80mpg. You’ll have to charge up the 18.0kWh battery at every opportunity to get anywhere near that, though.

We managed to achieve more than 35mpg on a long journey with a fully-charged battery, dropping to the high-20s when it had depleted. As a result, the Hybrid makes the most sense for those who mostly cover short journeys.

The Bentayga is predicted to experience depreciation at a similar rate to the Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini Urus. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has the strongest residuals in the class because it’s produced in far smaller numbers. 

Euro NCAP hasn’t safety tested the Bentayga, but the Audi Q7 it’s based on gets a full five stars. You get plenty of safety kit to help prevent an accident, including adaptive cruise control, night vision, a forward collision warning system, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, rear cross-traffic warning, traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot warning and automatic emergency braking (AEB). There are also two Isofix child seat attachments on the rear outer seats.

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Overview

As a luxury SUV with a great sense of occasion, brilliant refinement and a polished level of comfort, the Bentayga is hard to overlook. Our preferred V8 S specification stands toe to toe with rival performance-focused SUVs, and represents something of a sweet spot in the luxury SUV class.

  • Beautiful hand-finished interior
  • Effortless performance
  • Impressive infotainment system
  • Gearbox can be laggy around town
  • High running costs
  • Average boot space
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