The interior layout, fit and finish
Inside the Bentley Bentayga, the driver is treated to a suitably luxurious driving position. The standard seats adjust in a wide range of directions (16, if we’re being specific) and the steering column tilts and extends to match.
The front seats themselves are beautifully designed. There’s just enough side bolstering to hold you tight in the corners, plenty of lumbar support, and in Comfort Specification they come with a massage function.
The biggest and most welcome change, though, is to the infotainment system. At 10.9in, its screen is larger than that of the Aston Martin DBX and it comes loaded with kit. A DAB radio, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, real-time navigation and an embedded SIM all come as standard.
The touchscreen also has pin-sharp graphics, is responsive to commands and has menus that are intuitive and easy to use. We also love the way it can be controlled using the screen itself or with a number of hard keys located beneath it – something not possible in the touchscreen-based Audi Q7.
As you might expect, the materials are very impressive – from the rich leather and wood veneer to the aluminium air vents with their organ stop adjusters. There is a tremendous feeling of quality, especially in the styling on the chrome bezels and the exquisite stitching on the dashboard and seats. S also models get Alcantara inserts on the steering wheel, seats and gear lever.
There are a few clues inside that give away the Bentayga's VW Group roots, such as the indicator stalks, steering-wheel controls and climate control dials, and the interior quality of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is even more plush.