Bentley Bentayga review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP from£133,265

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. Even the cheaper V8 version will set you back more than some houses, but is a positive snip compared to the quarter-of-a-million-pound Rolls-Royce Cullinan. 

However, for us mere mortals who have cash in slightly less abundance, the Bentayga is actually quite a bit pricier than the mechanically related Audi Q7, and you have to really appreciate the bespoke craftsmanship of Bentley to want to pay such a huge premium. 

Still interested? Then the hefty running costs are unlikely to put you off either - although those who do have an eye on savings (or saving the planet) will want to investigate the V6 hybrid option. It's not much cheaper to buy than the V8 upfront, but the lower running costs could sway opinion.

It goes without saying that you'll find a lot of standard equipment onboard. Sat-nav, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, USB connections, automatic LED headlights, auto wipers, heated leather seats, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are all included. Of course, there’s also a long and expensive options list to peruse. Be careful, though – several of the boxes will cost you at least £10,000 each to tick.

At this price level, though, personalisation is key, and Bentley includes 17 paint colours, 15 leathers and eight veneer choices all free of charge. Beyond that, there are 90 optional paints, as well as the ability to simply create your own completely bespoke look, although the latter has no official price. But as they say, if you have to ask...

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Overview

The Bentayga excels in performance and luxury, but not by enough to be a better buy than far less expensive rivals

  • Luxurious interior
  • Strong performance
  • Generous equipment
  • Interesting hybrid option
  • Hugely expensive to buy
  • High running costs
  • Average space

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