Whether you choose petrol or diesel power the Bentayga is sports car-quick. That’s no mean feat for a huge, heavy SUV. The petrol option has a twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 engine, while the diesel is a triple-turbo 4.0-litre V8. Torque outputs and outright performance for both engines are very similar, so there’s truly immense mid-range muscle, and acceleration that is never anything less than effortless.
Bentley Bentayga ride & handling
The Bentayga has a sophisticated air suspension system that allows you to select different driving modes, as well as active anti-roll bars that help to counteract body lean through corners. All of this contributes to a car that makes light work of any terrain and any conditions. It’s not as sharp as a Porsche Cayenne through corners but the Bentayga handles remarkably well for a big SUV and the steering has a reassuring weight to it. Ride comfort is excellent, although there’s a slightly firm edge when you’re in the sportiest setting.
Bentley Bentayga refinement
Bentley has endowed the Bentayga with limousine levels of refinement, which is mightily impressive given the inherent disadvantages of a large, bulky SUV. The automatic gearbox of both models shifts with incredible smoothness, while both the diesel and petrol engines are always quiet and mellifluous. Road noise is all but unnoticeable despite the huge tyres while wind noise at speed is neglible.